I personally am glad that I got my Autism diagnosis. Because it explains so much about the way I am and I feel that I am finally free to be 'me'. Yes, of course Autism is a disability and we do suffer from negative symptoms. But, there are also positive sides to our Autism, if we care to look for them.
I'm going to start. One way in which my Autism affects me positively is that it makes me rather partial to putting organisational systems in place to better manage things at home. Such as the food shopping (most current system that I am updating/slightly hyper-focused on at the moment).
So, please tell me an example of how your Autism/Aspergers affects you positively? What are you able to do that you would not be so good at if you were not Autistic? How does your Autism help you?
"Systems" probably sums it up in one word - an enjoyment of automating things, solving problems once and once only & letting processes rinse and repeat, and a sense of logic that I suspect came for free with my ASD.
Yes, I'm glad that someone else thinks the same! I've always been told that I'm very logical, now I know why. It's good to solve 'problems' step by step and come up with a long term system that can stay in place for many years to come!
I seem to have a skill of metaphorically putting bits of systems in boxes, working out the interface and transfer function, and then forgetting what's in the box (because I don't need to know any more). Some of my colleagues seem to get bogged down in a rat's nest of wire running everywhere without being able to make sense of stuff that I can see clearly. It gets frustrating sometimes though trying to get them to tell me what *their* box does, because they can't even work out where the edges of their box lies!
The rats nest of wire running everywhere reminds me of the mess that the sky man made of attaching my sky box to my TV (via the old BT box and the talktalk broadband router!) I've sorted it out now, very quickly! Don't understand what he thought he was doing?!
I like that I am able to follow written directions. I’m glad I have an explanation why many other people cannot do this via being diagnosed. It has given me more patience. I like sorting out technical stuff. But my good and bad traits are not down to being autistic. They are me. My difficulties might be down to autism, but I am resiliant. I have had to be. I try to be honest, and I am not prepared to change that.
I love small details in nature, which could be a trait. I see beauty that many others filter out day to day.
To be honest I need to develop some organisational systems. Work in progress.
Written instructions are fantastic! Verbal instructions go in one ear and out the other, that's if they even get as far as getting in one ear in the first place!
Resilience I believe to be a positive autistic trait! I am also very resilient, a lot of autistic people are. We have to be really, to survive in an environment that can be largely hostile and difficult to navigate! Honesty is also a good autistic trait, I can't understand people who can't handle honesty!
And now I have both an explanation for needing things in writing and a reason to give people when I ask for them.
I can demonstrate processes to other people on a one to one once I know what I am doing.
I think resilience could be due to growing up and aging without a diagnosis. Painful, but it pays off now. Mind you, I was always stubborn!
I wouldn’t be able to lose my need for honesty. I now realise most people do lie, but not always maliciously. I like the variety in life and lives.
Yes! I actually started a 'communication book' up in my house a couple of days ago due to my needs to process information visually rather than verbally. I also now have a reason why this is necessary. It's good to have a concrete reason for certain needs!
Do you find that once you 'get' a process, that it sticks?
Definitely! We have to grow a thick skin (metaphorically speaking) in order to survive!
Most people do lie, sometimes just to be nice or to appear nice themselves, not always to be nasty. It does make things confusing though!
Exactly! It's like people getting hung up trying to understand the details of how a synchromesh gearbox works when their car is an automatic & all they need to know is how to put it in Drive, Reverse or Neutral!
Also, the power to 'make complex things simple' - I struggle at work so much with why people can't see things that are blindingly obvious.
I've a very visual thinker and will usually draw a process map or flow diagram so I can understand something - people frequently compliment me on these. I also have what I call 'analogy Tourette's' - I speak in analogies as a way to translate complex concepts into everyday examples anyone can understand, people frequently say "I wish I could put things the way you do..."
Mind you, the razor sharpness of my analysis can also end up leaving 'blood on the floor'... and I'm always getting:
"<sharp intake of breath>...you can't say THAT!"
I clearly CAN - I just did...
Automatic car driver here! So simple!
I love charts and diagrams, they can make something complex so much simpler to understand! I always used to make up flow diagrams way back when I was at uni as they simplify things so well.
Analogies are good too. I can think of a few funny ones!
My bluntness frequently elicits a sharp 'pardon?' from people, but because I interpret literally, I think they have not heard me so repeat myself a little louder! Only later do I realise that they said pardon due to what I said being 'inappropriate'!