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Different types of people with Asperger's Syndrome - Quiet and Loud
Quiet and Loud Aspergers: What is it all about?
I'm going to go over the different personality types of people with Asperger's Syndrome. I have Asperger's myself, and have met several other people, young and old, on the spectrum. We are not all the same - Some of us are quiet people, some of us are in your face and loud but just have limited social skills.
What is Asperger's Syndrome?
Asperger's syndrome is a neurological disorder on the Autism Spectrum. Traits of it include Poor social skills, sensory overload, Meltdowns in over stimulated environments, and several other things including anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.
People create many myths about this disorder, some based on truth, but most of them are vast generalisations. For example, this one: "All people with aspergers are quiet and shy, also have reserved personalities".
This may be the case for many, but it's not the case for many more. You just can't generalise when it comes to a human population so vast. There are no set in stone characteristics that people with aspergers all share to exactly the same degree.
When you've met one Aspie, You've met one Aspie
We are all different, two people on the spectrum differ as much as two neurotypicals if you pull them out at random. For every "reserved and shy" personality, there is a "loud and silly" one. I happen to have a loud and silly personality.
Often people who are loud and silly on the spectrum talk about inappropriate things a lot of the time. I certainly have been guilty of this. I say and do silly things to get people to laugh, but I also say and do them while i'm being loud, and I will accidentally say something inappropriate or offensive without knowing it at the time.
I'm not saying that this does not happen with quiet aspies also, but they are less likely to make a fool of themselves in front of other people. If you're going to draw attention to yourself, it's easy to do it for the wrong reasons just as much as the right ones.
In conclusion, it just demonstrates that you can't slap specific traits on someone just because of a diagnosis. Obviously people with aspergers have enough symptoms of the disorder to class as being diagnosed, but no two people have exactly the same ones.
I have a video talking about it below - feel free to ask questions!