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OT: Asperger's syndrome

From:Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>
Date:Saturday, June 24, 2000, 1:37
BP Jonsson wrote:

> My mother, who is a psychiatrist, once described Asperger people as > being totally devoid of empathy. Adrians description would not make > it seem so. What have you to say about that, Adrian?
Guess :-) The reality is that Asperger people don't develop social brain-functions such as empathy at normal ages. And certainly not how to express it normally. I've had to learn all of that, but once it _is_ learned, the brain is eventually capable of making these things into entirely natural abilities (i.e. not faked or artificial at all.) Before I was diagnosed with asperger's, Mum feared that I might have some serious mental illness, and it was a tremendous relief for her to learn that, it being asperger's, I was capable of learning my way out of my difficulties with just a little extra support. -- www. | Here and there I like to preserve a few islands of sanity | within the vast sea of absurdity which is my mind. member/ | After all, you can't survive as an eight foot tall dragon | flesh eating dragon if you've got no concept of reality.