So autism is notorious for preventing us from leading social lives like most other people. Of course, people have different ways of dealing with this. Some people decide that they don't want friends altogether, others will try to keep friends but don't succeed, and others still will be successful in keeping friends. Would be interested in knowing how autism has affected your attempts of having a social life?x
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You've pretty much covered it.
I had friends on and off. But lost contact with all of them. Reasons are, I don't really understand friendship, I didn't value them, I'm self absorbed, I say inappropriate things, I behave inappropriately, I am very anti social. I'm shy, I'm prone to unexpected violence. Now it is very difficult to make any connection with people.
In contrast. My older sister who is NT is still in contact and friends with girls from her infant school.
I have two friends who love me no matter what, and don't seem to mind that I don't go to them very often. Both know me extremely well and when we're together it feels comfortable but in the build up to meeting them I can be very anxious.
I have one other who has a son with autism, and so he understands and I have maintained an online friendship with him and one other who I suspect is also on the spectrum for the last few years. Via Facebook.
I have a lot of other acquaintances but these are people I put up a front for and so it increases my anxiety whenever I am with them. I can handle them in small doses, but not all the time.