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December 5th, 2004

yay, high-functioning autism! @ 10:12 pm

http://growe.homeip.net/BaronCohen/MaleFemale.asp has been making the rounds as of late; when taken together, the test results seem to give a fairly decent set of indicators as to whether you're in the ever-so-fun autistic spectrum. In my case, the results are a little bit skewed since I have ADD as well; I'm able to empathize much, much better than an average Aspie (although I still can't interpret what it means a great deal of the time.)

It's going on three am, so I'll write up my 'what it means to be an Aspie' entry later; the short version is "It means you're often socially clueless; it doesn't mean you have license to be an asshole."
 
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From:icis_machine
Date:December 6th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)
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i couldn't determine the meaning of score of 21.
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From:moof
Date:December 6th, 2004 06:57 pm (UTC)
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For which of the tests?
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From:icis_machine
Date:December 6th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
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for the autism spectrum.

there is quite a range from normal to extreme autism with no explaination.
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From:moof
Date:December 11th, 2004 11:10 am (UTC)
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The number, by itself, doesn't mean a whole lot; 21 falls into the 'average' category, meaning that there's probably not a very good chance that you're aspergersy. I'd say that the score is the most useful when taken in concert with the other three tests. (Note that Asperger's itself is considered only mild autism.)

In taking the test again, I got a 29, whereas the first time I got 26. The score doesn't surprise me too terribly; I'm (in comparison to most Aspies) quite social and empathetic because I have ADD in addition to Asperger's.
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From:danaoshee
Date:December 6th, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for noting that important part, the not having license to be an asshole, cause wow, do I ever know a lot of people who don't seem to understand that.

Actually, that same sentiment goes well with most mental issues. "It means you're _____; it doesn't mean you have license to be an asshole."

Now, if only my father understood that concept.
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From:aceofkittens
Date:December 6th, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
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I stayed up til 4 and took all those tests. Hooray! :)
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From:savia
Date:December 6th, 2004 10:15 pm (UTC)
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hunh. i got a 30 on the asperger spectrum test. above average, bordering on high (people with asperger's usually get around a 35, it says).

Anyway, I'm terrible at parties and big social occasions. As you know, I tend to be more of a hermit because I just get so anxious and uncomfortable at social gatherings... which people usually interpret as me not wanting to hang out with them. I'm just better at one-on-one stuff.

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From:fairyarmadillo
Date:December 7th, 2004 04:01 am (UTC)
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The sum up made me laugh a lot. My mom specializes in Aspies and I think some people I know are Aspies too so yeah. You are funny.
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From:radio3europe
Date:December 7th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC)

You know how I got...

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... anti-asperger's, average empathy, extraordinarily good systematic abilities /and/ face-reading.

Basically, I can be an asshole, but I'm a social asshole - and a smart and perceptive one, too.

Just call me George Carlin.
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From:moof
Date:December 7th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC)
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I think you're missing six other words to be George Carlin.
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From:radio3europe
Date:December 8th, 2004 05:48 am (UTC)
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But I have a SantaCheney!

That wins by default.

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