The Blessings of Aspergers: 40 Positive Characteristics of Asperger Syndrome

Also known as “autism lite” or a “shadow syndrome” of autism, Aspergers is an autistic spectrum disorder that affects approximately 1 out of every 200 people.

Those with Aspergers are high functioning in the sense that they are better able to maintain social relationships than those with autism. Unlike those with autism, people with Aspergers often score highly on measures of verbal intelligence.

When contemplating disorders such as Aspergers, there is a tendency to focus on negative aspects. But many of those with Aspergers have positive traits as well, which has led some people to question whether it should be viewed as a difference rather than a disorder.

Here are the positives associated with the Aspergers condition.  People with Aspergers:
  1. are excited about the world around them with a zest and hunger for learning
  2. are fascinated by facts and dates
  3. are frequent victims of social weaknesses of others, while steadfast in the belief of the possibility of genuine friendship
  4. are loyal with impeccable dependability
  5. are often very perceptive
  6. are often original with unique perspective in problem solving
  7. are persistence of thought
  8. are physically beautiful
  9. are seekers of truth, conversation free of hidden meaning or agenda
  10. are sensitive to specific sensory experiences and stimuli, for example: hearing, touch, vision, and/or smell
  11. are the "social unsung hero" with trusting optimism
  12. are truthful to a fault, blurting out the first thing that pops into their mind, speaking things the rest of us think but would be too polite to say – and because of their innocence it's probably going to be accepted better than if it came from another mouth
  13. avoid "ritualistic small talk" or socially trivial statements and superficial conversation
  14. can hear things normal people can't hear
  15. can memorize lines from movies
  16. can spend days in their room reading children's encyclopedias
  17. have a great consideration of details
  18. have a rare freshness and sense of wonderment
  19. have a rote memory and an overall good memory
  20. have a sweet innocence about them
  21. have an encyclopedic or "CD ROM" knowledge of one or more topics
  22. have avid perseverance in gathering and cataloging information on a topic of interest
  23. have clarity of values/decision making unaltered by political or financial factors
  24. have enthusiasm for unique interests and topics
  25. have exceptional memory and recall of details often forgotten or disregarded by others, for example: names, dates, schedules, routines
  26. have knowledge of routines and a focused desire to maintain order and accuracy
  27. have narrow, yet highly focused interests
  28. have outside interests like reading about weather instead of learning what they're learning in school
  29. have strength in individual sports and games, particularly those involving endurance or visual accuracy, including rowing, swimming, bowling, chess
  30. have the ability to pursue personal theory or perspective despite conflicting evidence
  31. have the amazing ability to absorb facts easily in their brains
  32. listen without continual judgment or assumption
  33. live in the present, and don't hold grudges
  34. often have advanced vocabulary and interest in words
  35. often have the ability to regard others at "face value
  36. see things differently than others
  37. seek sincere, positive, genuine friends with an unassuming sense of humor
  38. speak their mind irrespective of social context or adherence to personal beliefs
  39. take everything literal and are usually unprejudiced
  40. they remember lot of things about their life, both past and present
The Aspergers Comprehensive Handbook

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