Sunday, November 20, 2011

Paradoxes in Autism

       One of my favorite websites on AS is Dr. Lars Perner is a professor of marketing at the University of California at Riverside originally  from Denmark. He is on the Autism spectrum himself. On his websites he mentions how Autism is a paradox to understand. It can cause behavior to go from one extreme to another. Many on the spectrum have special gifts that seem to contradict the clinical definition. For example people refer to AS people as lacking empathy or thinking in black and white. Yet many of them are quite sensitive, creative and intuitive. Some say we lack theory of mind but I have a hard time believing that. Here is a link to his website, please scroll down to the part on the paradoxes of Autism:

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