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Old 12-05-2011, 06:42 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by blubrluvr View Post
I have the right to speak my mind. I REFUSE to let someone call me "abnormal" or have people take a patronizing attitude toward my "condition". I'm different. That's all. Our personality type was given a label (only a few decades ago I might add) and that has done little more than feed the stigma. Frankly, I consider our traits to be downright DESIRABLE. We often excel at logic, mathematics and analytical thinking. We're honest, sometimes brutally so, but we need more honesty in the world IMHO. Labeling us as having a disorder is arrogant and dehumanizing. I have the right to express my opinion when I say I believe we have been unfairly labeled by those in the psychological profession. They don't understand us. They can't. They're not like us. They are guilty of the same crime as as any group that considers itself superior. And they *DO* consider themselves superior IMHO. They don't relate to us. They see us as different and therefore "abnormal". Who are they to set the standard for what a human personality should be like?
I never said any of those things. I did say that your experience isn't everyone else's experience.

Honesty is important, yes, but so is tact and understanding other people's emotions, including how and why your words and actions might affect them. Being able to relate to other people and their emotions is important for successful social interaction, and that is something a lot of autistic people have trouble with. It doesn't make anyone better or less than anyone else, it just helps people work together.
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