50 Positive Traits of Autism by Mark Hutton

50 Positive traits of many with Aspergers
By Mark Hutton

Most kids, teens, and adults with Aspergers have a bunch of positive traits that more than make-up for any negative ones. One Aspie asserted, “Thank God I have Aspergers!” Let’s look at just a few of the positive traits that many with Asperger’s may have.

Most Aspies:

are able to easily forgive others
are conscientious, reliable, and honest
are enthusiastic and have a propensity for obsessive research, thus developing a broad and deep base of knowledge in subjects of interest
are free of prejudice
are intelligent and talented
are less inclined to be fickle or bitchy than their neurotypical counterparts
are more likely than those of the general population to pursue a university education
are not inclined to lie to others
are not inclined to steal from others
are not likely to be bullies, con artists, or social manipulators
are not motivated by an intense social drive to spend time with whoever happens to be available
are persistent, and when they set their minds to something or make a promise, they can usually be trusted to follow through
are unlikely to launch unprovoked attacks, verbal or otherwise
are untainted by the judgments that people often make regarding one another’s social position or social skills
are very accepting of the quirks and idiosyncrasies of others
bring a highly original perspective to problem solving
can be selective, choosing honest, genuine, dependable people who share their interests
can bring up a variety of interesting facts
can listen to people’s problems and provide a fresh perspective, offering pure assessments based on the information provided
can recall fine details that others miss
can relax and be themselves without fearing social censure
don’t attack the reputations of those around them
don’t discriminate against anyone based on race, gender, age, or any other surface criteria
don’t force others to live up to demanding social expectations
don’t have hidden agendas
don’t play head games
don’t take advantage of other’s weaknesses
don’t usually recognize hierarchies, and so are unlikely to give someone superior status simply because that person is wealthy or has attained a high position in an organization
have a good work ethic
have a lot of passion when engaging in activities they like, which may translate into a talent for certain athletic pursuits
have a tendency to adhere to routines
have above-average intelligence
have an acute sensitivity that supports creative talents
have exceptional memories
have extreme endurance
have high integrity
have no interest in harming others
have one or more highly developed talents
have talents for swimming, rowing, running, bodybuilding, or other activities that require sustained physical effort
have values that aren’t shaped by financial, social, or political influences
judge people based on their behavior – not the color of their skin or socioeconomic status
like to spend time alone and are perfectly capable of entertaining themselves
loathe small talk and trivialities, preferring instead to talk about significant things that will enhance their knowledge base
make very good employees if able to control their pace and work within either a solitary or socially supportive environment
pay attention to detail
stick to their positions, even in the face of intense social pressure
tend to become proficient in the technological media required for lucrative employment in the “information age”
tend to prefer individual sports to team sports, as there are no social demands and they can exercise complete control over the activity
who develop an interest in sport or fitness are likely to work at it every day, often for long periods of time
will not go along with the crowd if they know that something is wrong
Source of this article: www.myaspergerschild.com/2010/12/50-positive-characteristics-of.html Permission to reprint given my Mark Hutton.

Mark Hutton, M.A. is a Counseling Psychologist, Home-Based Family Therapist and Online Parent Coach at MyAspergersChild.com

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