“Tom is so argumentative. Anytime we discuss a topic that is emotional, he disagrees with everything I say. He’ll insist he’s right, and when I try to reason with him he quickly gets annoyed, then shuts down. It’s one of the most frustrating parts of our relationship.” Communication problems of one … [Read more...]
Articles About Living with Asperger's Syndrome
Topics such as relating to someone with Asperger’s, sexuality, Asperger’s and parenting, and Asperger’s in the workplace are covered in these articles.
Is love blind? If you are with a man who has Asperger’s syndrome, no doubt you’ve asked yourself this question often. What drew you to him? Why do you put up with his insensitivity, his peculiar interests, his focus on logic and reasoning rather than feelings and emotions, his strange conversational … [Read more...]
Do people with Asperger’s syndrome feel empathy for others? I have written about this question several times and my answer remains YES. Empathy is as much a part of having Asperger’s as it is for any normal person. It’s just harder to see. I raise this topic again for two reasons. Many people … [Read more...]
It is not uncommon for adults with Asperger’s syndrome to experience meltdowns. They occur when the person becomes completely overwhelmed and temporarily loses control over his or her behavior. This can take the form of shouting, screaming, crying, kicking, lashing out, or head banging. Or it can be … [Read more...]
Recently, I wrote an article about how people with Asperger’s syndrome communicate. In this follow-up to that article, I want to look at two additional features of communication, literalness and the use of metaphorical language, both of which are common to Asperger’s. In fact, they are so common … [Read more...]