1. Are you on the autistic spectrum? (if so, please list your MBTI type)
I was diagnosed with Asperger's a few months ago, yes. I always test INTP, though I'm not entirely certain I qualify.
2. If not officially diagnosed, have you ever thought that it was likely that you might be on the autistic spectrum?
Certain bits of the diagnosis I exhibit consistently. Others don't seem to apply at all - though I understand not everyone experiences every symptom.
3. If either one or both of the previous questions apply to you, how would you describe your autism (or in the case of the second question, possible autism) in relation to your life? How would you describe your condition? How is your life affected by it, if at all? How do you perceive non-autists?
It's sort of difficult to say. This is how I've always been - I've never experienced the other end of things, so I have trouble drawing comparisons. I'm introverted... I need to spend a lot of time recharging by myself. I'm very distractible, although I get lost in thought easily. Sound irritates me - so much noise around me, consistently, everywhere I go. That's probably one thing that differentiates me from neurotypicals. They make so much noise, all the time, without saying much of anything in the process. The same loud bits of chatter, time and again.
I also have problems with textures. I can't eat certain foods - I become physically ill biting into an onion, just because of how it feels in my mouth. I spend a lot of time thinking and pursuing what interests me. I've never needed to study - material generally comes naturally to me - though if something doesn't interest me, I won't pursue it, even if I'm forced to take a class about it.
4. This question is for everyone, whether on the spectrum or not: How many people with an autistic spectrum disorder do you personally know personally? How severe is it? If possible, what do you think the would be the MBTI type of the person?
I know one very personally. He's more severe than I am. He is obsessed - obsessed - with programming and the aspects therein. He'll work all day programming, then work all night on something similar. My interests aren't as focused. He makes gaffes and says hurtful things unintentionally, not knowing who he may be hurting. He takes statements at face value and has trouble understanding metaphorical/figurative language. He's a literalist to the core. He's got the best of intentions, but it a bit out of sync with the world. An INTJ.
5. If you are NOT on the autistic spectrum, how would you personally describe autism and how you perceive it?
6. For everyone: What do you think is the cause of autism? Do you think that it is, in fact, a disorder, or rather a difference in brain structure? Do you think there should be a cure? What is your opinion of the neurodiversity movement?
Disorder or difference? A disorder is a difference, just with a negative connotation attached. I'm not sure where I stand here. Would I like to be 'cured'? In some scenarios, yes. Could I do it? Probably not. I've been crafted as an individual by dealing with this throughout my life. Who would a 'cure' make me? I understand that neurotypicals see people with extreme low-functioning autism and think "there has to be a cure for this, we need to help these people!" and what have you. I'm not sure what I would do.
7. If you are on the autistic spectrum, what anecdotes do you have that are particularly revealing of your condition, or related to it? i.e. are there any particular moments where your condition has resulted in a comic situation? A sad/tragic situation? A particular situation where it has been a burden? A blessing? Any notable anecdotes related to you being on the spectrum are welcome.
I make a lot of offbeat commentary. My father - a loving, accepting man - always appreciated me for being 'outside the box'. I didn't really understand 'the box' and didn't like the notion of it, anyway.'
The most obvious showing would be in sports. That's an interesting tidbit about Asperger's - physiological affects. I've never been able to catch or hit a ball. I'm an eldest child, and my well-meaning parents forced me into sports. What a nightmare. I stood at the plate one day in a 'feel-good' sort of league where the coach threw pitches until the kids hit one. Sixty-something pitches later, they just told me to take a base.
8. Same as the above, accept for non-autists. Any notable situations that you can recall where the subject of autism or an autistic individual was prominent?
Just what I explained earlier about my friend, really.
9. If you are an autist, are there any relatives of yours that you suspect of being on the spectrum?
Yes. My birthmother - I don't know her too well - has a number of peculiar mannerisms. She's intelligent, but she hates social interaction. She can't stand office life because everything is so abrasive to her. She doesn't like crowds - even little things bother her. If I'm in the front seat of a car, she has to be in the back, and vice-versa. She mooches off of the government by playing the system well, but going to work kills her. She develops addictions easily.
10. Please fill mark the the option that applies to you in the poll attached to this thread.