I've noticed that a good bit of people with Autism have touted this disorder as a gift, and how they have special abilities that "neurotypical people" (NTs) don't have. While hyperfocus can be a great thing if used productively, it isn't always limited to Autism or even any psychiatric disorder.
I've only studied the Autism Spectrum on and off for about a year and a half, so I'm always willing to be wrong. But whenever I google "positive aspie traits" or read people's personal experiences with Autism, and how it's helped them "see the world differently", I see traits that could also be present in a healthy person that is non autistic. I often see these positive traits overlapping with the introverted and intuitive (INxx) brain types.
Everyone sees the world differently, which is what Jung's theory is about. When you hone into that idea further, I guess I could see why Autism would lead someone to think differently, and that could be an easier way of saying they have a different way of sensing and processing sensory information - but the same could be said about someone non-autistic who suffered through PTSD, or homelessness, or even a more severe degree of teen angst. It's likely that someone with Autism is forced into an introverted state after going through several social failures. That leads someone to develop perspectives on certain things that might not be explored if they were not being forced to live life so withdrawn.
It seems like these viewpoints that occasionally float around in the Autism culture are generated by wishful thinking, which could potentially be spawned by an inferiority complex. It irritates me when people like Temple Grandin say "if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool, you would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.” which is total gall. So just because people are socializing doesn't mean people can't get anything done? That's funny, because I'm sure many people, even the most intelligent and intuitive, can effectively socialize AND come up with ideas and/or work simultaneously. That also opens the doors for teamwork, which can lead to idea breadth and completion speed. Autism doesn't dictate level of intelligence. Even though people like Gates, Einstein, Jobs, Zuckerberg, Tesla, etc. exhibited some autistic symptoms it does not mean they necessarily were autistic - they could have been gifted, or overly passionate, or just highly intuitive.
I don't know, I could go on, but the bottom line is - if a brain structure such as Autism is wired a different way that creates major defecits in communication and sensory processing (that sometimes cannot be completely overcome depending on the level of severity), and how NTs (nuerotypicals) aren't usually born with the innate ability to hyperfocus on one thing (which can be compensated for in terms of learning new things or intellectual development, unless the NT has a low iq/intellectual capacity and/or some type of drug induced brain problem or something else) then based on these patterns, and what I know so far, Autism is more than a difference - and it falls into a problematic category. This is what my intuition is telling me based on what I know.
But I could be totally wrong and ignorant. Who knows.
What do you guys think?
As a side note, I was diagnosed as having "Asperger's" when I was about five years old...but questioning it's validity due to other problems that I experienced mentally or physically throughout my life, as the label does not seem to apply to me as of late. Figures. :I