Hi my Name is Naomi and I was diagnosed with autism a few years ago. I don’t think I have a specialised subject that I know all about I was just wondering if it was just me. Or did anyone else have this too
I think it might be a bit different for women? Have a look on the strand 'serial obsessions' - I definitely have specialised subjects but they're woven into professional research. It's one of the reason's I change jobs all the time - I get obsessively interested in something, but mask it in professional respectability. The trainspotting stereotype probably doesn't apply to anyone and certainly not always to women. AS women are just as obsessive with their interests but often the things they get interested in don't get seen as 'geeky'. I think it's more about gender discriminatory ideas about what's 'interesting' or geeky. If, say, you got on a vegan kick and researched nutrition and cross-cultural vegan cuisines you'd just be cooking like a girl rather than geeking out like a clever boy reeling off, say, facts about classical literature? I say what's the difference? I think women are more actively discouraged from talking at length about things that interest them too. Are you sure you don't have any 'special' interests?
I don’t think I do. I do love my football. But I wouldn’t say that is my special interest. I have played since I was 7–8 years old. Other people have told me that they way I talk about things is very good. But I don’t think that’s is it either