Personal story about adults with Asperger's syndrome and extreme sensitivity to various issues


Well, what is it that makes me an Aspie (person with Aspergers)?


I have a hell of a time if somebody does things different than I do, especially when it is at my home. I used to think this is because I think things through and do them on a logical way, but now I think it is more likely because of Aspergers. I have a hard time watching someones eyes. I got used to it, but when I'm tired it gets harder to do (some people are easy and some are very hard work to watch their eyes). I used to believe every word exactly as it was said when I was younger.


white lies and other people's motives

When I found out that people almost always do kind of comforting lies, I began to be very critical on everything someone says and try to find out what his or her intentions might be. I need to think about peoples motives instead of just feeling them, but then I got quite fast in that so nowadays almost nobody notices.


I had to learn to smile, frown and make the face that would meet my feelings when I was a teenager. I found out at that time that my face did not look as lifely as anyone elses face (especially of cause actresses faces) seemed to look like and so I sat down in front of a mirror and tried out what looks I liked and what not.


interests and personal space

I try to know everything about a subject I'm interested in. Over the years this have been: cats, dogs, wool/spinning/weaving, pottery, doing water color paintings, doing portraits (very hard thing to watch a face for such a long time), gardening/plants, biology (especially genetics), kids (when I started to have some), healthy food and a lot more I forgot over the years. Whatever I'm interested in, starts to become an obsession after a short while.


I got so much things now, I had to drop a lot of them because I don't have enough time. I feel uncomfortable in any crowd (that is more than at least 6 people). And I have the biggest personal space of all people I know, that means when talking to someone else it's me who walks backwards to keep distance.


Put me in a single-prison

There are times that I think it would be okay if one put me in single-prison, giving me enough to eat, all the books I want and a computer with internet. But then I remember I would miss my garden-plant-obsession thing, so this is no option. I put a lot of time and work into being able to act normal only to be accepted when I was a child and teenager, but never was.


I am very sensible to smell and it makes me sick going to a perfumery or smelling someones aftershave/perfume too intense (well, I can smell it even when nobody else does, so it's me and not only people who put on too much of that stuff), on the other hand I love smelling flowers and natural odours (no, not the ones sweating men produce) like gras and the woods after rain and so on. I'm also sensible to certain sounds.


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A woman living with Aspergers syndrome talks about her life on the autism spectrum - social interaction, personal space, sensitivities and more