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Why People With Asperger’s Are Different Than Those Without

There are two types of people with Asperger’s. One is different than you. The other is like you.

There’s something so compelling about the Asperger’s personality disorder that even some of the scientists who study it have told me in interviews that they are in awe of the people who live with Asperger’s. I always wonder about them. To me, they look like normal, intelligent-looking people. The truth is, I’ve always looked like one. I’ve always felt like I just had a different kind of brain.

I’m glad I’ve been able to write in this capacity. Because a lot of people have been hurt by a distorted perception of Asperger’s. My mother has the same problem. When I started writing the book, she was very afraid of going public with the fact that she has Asperger’s, because she thought I was going to say she didn’t have Asperger’s, and she’d go off to some mental institution and be given some kind of medication to make her more like people who aren’t autistic. And then she’d be treated like a normal person.

No. No, I don’t think my mom would choose that. I think she’d be very proud.

I think if it were me, I’d be embarrassed about it, because it’s such a hard thing to admit.

I’ve spoken to a lot of people who’ve asked, “It’s okay if your mom says that she doesn’t have Asperger’s, but why would you tell anyone what you actually think about it, or know about it?”

This book is about those people. Not everyone who reads it will understand and accept me, but I hope that everyone will feel a little bit closer to understanding me. You probably won’t agree with this book, but I want you to read it anyway because it might open a little crack in your worldview that may help you.

I can’t tell you what to think about the diagnosis of Asperger’s.

This is why it’s important for people to read it and then go on and live their lives in a different way.

I have no idea where it leads or where it leads with people who haven’t read it. I know that it leads people who are already living with Asperger’s and who see themselves as normal, to think, “Oh, I know! I’m just like that!”

I have no idea where it leads or where it leads with people who haven’t read it. In my experience it leads people who want to go back to life as if everything was all in their heads, or as if they had a voiceā€”people who know exactly where the line is, but just can’t seem to step over it. If you are living on the autistic spectrum, I would be very, very concerned about you.

That’s a long way of saying that if you’re reading this right now, you must really think that a world in which no one who’s normal like you exists is not only okay, but a better world. You should be saying as much to everyone you meet.

I’ve always thought there was another person watching us. I had so much trouble getting them to come out and play, but I had to have a certain amount of faith it was the other person. I just couldn’t accept it if they were acting independently.

And here you are. Your autism. Your Asperger’s. You’re just living with that in your life.

And for a long time it was the only life I was sure of. And then I started to hear things about people who don’t have it.