Re: THEORY: Asperger syndrome and hyperpolyglotism.
On 10/03/2013 02:55, Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets wrote:
> I guess that's enough for now.
Yes - but it is useful for people to know, I think. I think
the frankness of your comments is commendable and helpful.
> This is particularly off-topic, so it might be better to
> take it off-list if you want more information. Just one
> last thing: what I wrote is very simplified, and everyone
> is different. Every Autist (whether someone with Asperger
> syndrome, another form of HFA, or any form of classic
> Autism) is a unique person with a unique behaviour. What
> I wrote about are generalities, common traits that are
> often found in people on the Autism Spectrum. They are
> not absolute universals of Autistic behaviour.
Absolutely - at least that was my experience as a lecturer
in Computer Science. Several of students during those years
(I'm retired now) had varying degrees of autism/ Asperger's
Syndrome - _all_ were very different. As Christophe said,
they were not robots, but all as individually different as
> In a way, they are like linguistic universals: mere
> trends, statistically likely, but you'll always find
> someone who breaks them.
In the words of Poirot: "Précisement, mon ami!"
"language … began with half-musical unanalysed expressions
for individual beings and events."
[Otto Jespersen, Progress in Language, 1895]
- Thank you for that explanation - it is very informative and you're openness helps other people to understand. Personally I have one HFA friend who doesn't seem at all different other than sometimes he is a bit selfish or can throw small tantrums, although he usually overcorrects the selfishness and is a very nice guy. And also quite socially adept.
However other people I know without (diagnosed) HFA also act in this way, sometimes to even greater degrees. I think most of these people are just plain selfish.