Shy or autistic?

I thought it might be a good idea, for people who are looking for some advice, to explore the difference between being shy and being autistic.

There may be some individuals who suspect that they might be somewhere on the spectrum because they have difficulties with socialising and are not clear about the real differences between simply being timid and having autistic traits.

What are the key differences between someone who feels shy around groups of people and autistic people who have communication issues? How can you tell the difference?

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  • Aspergerix said:

    Please correct me if I am wrong but I interpret your last statement as a snide remark insinuating that I am not a real autistic.

    I am a real autistic, I have an official diagnosis.

    Your headline says shy OR autistic which should be shy AND autistic, and, shy AND not autistic. Shyness is the same whether you are autistic or not.

    But this is turning into a debate about semantics and the meaning of words.

    Shyness is not a characteristic of the autistic diagnostic cluster so if someone is shy they should not be looking for signs of autism.

    If someone is having life problems related to autism then it would be obvious they need medical help because their day to day functioning would be severely impaired .

    Shy people with autism are all unique so anyone thinking they are autistic for whatever reason need to see their GP

    You don't have to be autistic to be shy or vice-versa.

    The question is: does being shy mean just being shy?

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  • Aspergerix said:

    Please correct me if I am wrong but I interpret your last statement as a snide remark insinuating that I am not a real autistic.

    I am a real autistic, I have an official diagnosis.

    Your headline says shy OR autistic which should be shy AND autistic, and, shy AND not autistic. Shyness is the same whether you are autistic or not.

    But this is turning into a debate about semantics and the meaning of words.

    Shyness is not a characteristic of the autistic diagnostic cluster so if someone is shy they should not be looking for signs of autism.

    If someone is having life problems related to autism then it would be obvious they need medical help because their day to day functioning would be severely impaired .

    Shy people with autism are all unique so anyone thinking they are autistic for whatever reason need to see their GP

    You don't have to be autistic to be shy or vice-versa.

    The question is: does being shy mean just being shy?

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