...wherein hypochondriacs like myself self-diagnose as high-fuctioning autistics, and then attempt justify this belief by way of pop psychology.
Ever since learning about autism in general, and having extensively studied cognition primates and humans, i've often wondered if my Theory of Mind is broken. Essentially, a Theory of Mind is an understanding that other individuals have minds distinct from your own. Normally, children develop this at around 3 years of age. You can perform a simple experiment:
Take a matchbox, and replace the matches with smarties. Ask a child what is in the box. They'll say "matches". Show them the smarties. Ask subject #2 to enter the room. Ask the child to say what subject #2 believes is in the box. Most children under 3 will say "smarties".
Autistic individuals stay that way their whole lives. This means they assume other people have the same mind that they do. As a result, they tend trust others implicitly. Conversing with a high-functioning autistic can be frustrating because it is more like listening to an internal monologue. Despite appearing self-absorbed, they can also exhibit a high degree of empathy. Depression and ADD are often co-diagnosed.
I identify with this description. I've never been "naturally" good at socializing or relationships of any sort; it is all trial-and-error. As a result I was a really weird kid who has gradually appeared more and more normal. It is all entirely planned and methodical. I have emotions, but they don't show, so I have to act them out for other people. Physical contact kinda freaks me out; even hugging my mother makes me uncomfortable. I'm a fucking encylopedia of useless facts, just like those autistics in film. Oh, and I was diagnosed as ADD as a kid.