A physicall nerologicall disorder. The connections in the brain which allow social interaction to be instinctive are either damaged or not there . A person not on the autistic spectrum finds this concept vey hard to get to grips with because social interaction is completly instinctive from birth. Aspies have to learn this like a life skill so it is not in thier nature. Abnormalities have been spotted in the brains of autistic / aspie people during brain scans.To say the condition doesnt exist entierly does not stick. People who use this conditon like some "medal of honor" or "I am the chosen one"rubbish .Highly likely dont have the disorder since many people with the condition do not fling it around like a trophy. The condition appears to have become a "fashion accessory" over the past few years to explaine away poor behavyor. The lable dislexia is also abused in this way.
One key element is that on MRI images has shown that the Aspergers syndrome /autistic brain has to work harder processing faces,body language,large amount of information ,verbal information ect. Which the avaerage person will not even fret about. This can cause the aspie/autie to appear slow and dim.Sometimes the information is processed incorrectly and results in an incorrect/
Reading many of the definitions on here,there seems to be a lot of confusion about the condition.
A mental disorder affects your day to day abilities,thoughts,feelings,perception and basically everything.If someone is diagnosed with aspergers just because they are a bit eccentric,but can function exactly the same as anyone else,then maybe they shouldn't be classed as having a real disorder.I can tell you,i've met LOADS with aspergers that have no difficulties with mixing,understanding or anything.In fact maybe they just have insomnia or are hyper or like starwars!
Out of the 15 i met,only 1 was genuinely handicapped and the other 1 had intellectual issues,so basically,they were only 2 that had limitations.The rest just didn't like the tags on their clothing or something that didn't affect their life,yet me,who has severe anxiety,limitations,learning difficulties,day to day functioning issues e.g. shopping,catching the bus,cooking,speaking to people i don't know,everything like that really badly!-got left,yet all the ones who just were funny about clothing got 100 times more support than i did,so either aspergers is too minor for me to have with my scrambled brain (believe it or not,i have noticeable limitations to what i can do.I mean,i can do about as much as a 7 year old and i'm 16!) or aspergers is diagnosed to just anybody with a weird quirk?
aspergers syndrome is real,but bear in mind,a mental disorder disables you!
Imagine a tiny mind, half the size of a tic-tac. This pseudo-mind contains all of the ingredients of full-blown intelligence. Then crush that pill up and dissolve it into an Olympic swimming pool.
That is the lot of the average Neurotypical.
Unfortunately, they have not a fraction of the mental wattage to understand something as complex as Aspergers syndrome or Autism, particularly as those 'conditions' generally impart an order of magnitude more intelligence than the average Neurotypical.
Oddly, Neurotypicals can't spell either.
Asperger's is easier to understand in terms of the stupidity of Neurotypicals sometimes:
Basically, some whiny teenage emo outcasts figured out that they could easily fit in with others of their own kind, but only at the expense of being just a teeny bit able to think. Then they started making this bullshit movement for other whiny ~unique~ teenagers to join them. So that they could all meet together on the Internet and have a giant fucking circlejerk about how ''UNIQUE'' and ''MISUNDERSTOOD'' they are. To make themselves feel better they beat up on quiet kids until the parents' complain, but the whiny teens get a few dipshit doctors to vouch for them. Their grammar remains apalling.more...
Attention-whoring Emo Neurotypical Dickhead: "Fear my Vulcan mind-abilities, puny earthling, for I have Asperger's Syndrome!" - is an exaggeration, amazingly with correct spelling and grammar, but by and large this world was *created* by people with Asperger's/Autism and other genius-generating conditions. And Psycopaths, the homo sapiens' natural internal predator. Neurotypicals really are just the meat and sewerage of the system, they serve no 'central' purpose, but its important for them to believe that they do. Can you honestly imagine a Neurotypical conceiving of 'Courts' or 'Parliament' ? Can you imagine them designing the engineering concepts that go into building a house? A skyscraper? A car? A rocket? An aircraft? Give me a break, there is just no way. These things take a deep, deep ability to abstract. Aspergers Syndrome.
A condition where a persons lacks the social capabilites of their age group.
Some people think aspies "don't have any personality" or "have no social skills". Which can really hurt the aspies feelings. Aspies often don't have the unanxiousness to express their personality freely. A lot of aspies sense of humour is different, because they often take things literally, and sometimes don't pick up on sarcasm quickly. (Which is often compensated by the aspie finding every other kind of humour more funny than others seem to). Humour is very important for social interactions and connecting with others. Some people with mild aspergers can have the potential to be unusually successful.
However, NT's lack the aspie charm, that can come from the combination of intelligence and naivete. A lot of NT's don't have the loyalty of someone with aspergers syndrome, which can be a surprisingly rare and highly desired trait in the eyes of many people. Aspies often have integrity, originality and many other good traits. I also think there is a good side to seemingly lacking empathy (that is lacking the theory-of-mind of an NT), and that is that the person who has more than average theory-of-mind is a psycopath.
Most of the time aspies often have a good nature, so please don't hurt them. If the aspie is causing damage without any bad intention behind it, you don't have to abuse them and you don't have to help them either. Just politely keep them out of your life, WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING THAT DAMAGE THEIR SELF ESTEEM. This does not take effort. I don't think there is an unhurtful way to point out the lagging social skills to the aspie. (Unless you love them and are prepared to put in the time and effort). I hope that people just let the aspie eventually work out in which areas they need to change them selves. At the same time, I hope that anyone who is having unintentional damage done to their life by an aspie, does not let that aspie in their life any further.
A 'thing' that some people have that makes socializing harder. thats about it. they sometimes get more stressed than other people. there intelligence level is slightly above average.
it is TOTALLY 100% different to autism. first of all, aspies think autistic people are idiots, while normal people respect the fact that he/she has autism. aspies are 99.99% normal and it is not an autistic form/condition.
random person: I have aspergers syndrome, this does not mean i am autistic.