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Asperger Syndrome

Luke Breuer
2009-01-12 11:32 UTC

this is a rough draft — it contains fairly raw thoughts



Now let us return to Asperger Syndrome. After thinking about and discussing Asperger Syndrome for a relatively short period of time, I cannot escape the conclusion that it is due entirely to communication breakdown. In particular, I would describe AS using a simplistic model where there are two groups of people:
  1. a significant majority, A, with method of communication a
  2. a severe minority, B, with method of communication b

We assume that a given individual does not necessarily know whether he is in group A or B. Think about what happens if communication methods a and b are different enough that for A to communicate with B, much friction is involved. A assumes that B communicates with their own method, a, and vice versa for B. In other words, I am postulating a situation where each group, A and B, is assuming that the other group’s method of communication is not different from their own.

These are true by definition:
  1. A communicates well with A
  2. B communicates well with B
  3. A does not communicate well with B

Here are my conclusions:
  • A people will think that they communicate well
  • A people will think that B people are "weird" and "abnormal" – in fact they will treat B’s as social outcasts
  • B people will think that they communicate well
  • B people will be angry at A’s for "outcasting" them, but won’t really understand "why" because in a sense, A and B people are no different