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    I've never been diagnosed, but it's almost certain I do and have done much reading on it in the last ten years or so (one online 'test' I did in the last few days I scored 39 out of 50 with 32 being the approximate lower limit- oh shit, it's the test linked to by Marco!). Trouble is, 'we' develop strategies to cope with the worst of it as we get older and go out of our way to avoid difficult social situations, so it becomes more difficult for a proper diagnosis. I was able to chat about audio for hours to customers, but social chit-chat, no way. My better half puts up with a lot and she tells me I'm better than when we first met twenty two years ago when I was thirty eight, but I still don't 'read' people well and trying to understand a conversation in a noisy crowded room is still beyond me, so I don't socialise...
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    Sorry to hear that, Dave, and glad you're managing to cope with it.

    However, have you ever thought that your Aspergers may have been a contributory factor to the 'difficulties' you've had on some forums, specifically why you and I have fallen out on the past?

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    It's not necessarily an affliction or disability as such, as 'we' don't know any different and can usually navigate around it all in life to some extent.

    One thing I'm learning later on life is to try to let things go and walk away of possible. Loads of 'stuff' going on this year - not necessarily bad, just another page in the book being started, and I can't cope with it all as all routines are out the window at present. I can't really answer your question properly except to say that 'we' are utterly convinced we are right when we experience and discover things in our chosen field/hobby/life-obsession, mapping them almost photographically in our memories for regurgitation decades later and finding it most uncomfortable when someone else disagrees with those memories and experiences. I've had to realise that fifty years is a hell of a long time and findings then may not always be the same now with modern technology and thinking - I mean, we're hearing old loudspeakers in good working order probably better than they've ever sounded, pickup cartridges too I suspect, although one or two vintage amps I've heard again in recent times are excellent now as they undoubtedly were then. Speakers I knew when brand new, won't always sound that way thirty years later, Mission (almost anything) for example, as the tweeters seem to change so much with time...

    I'm probably talking crap again but just to give one in-audio example of how 'we' may act. The 'new' Doctor, a lady actor, was announced today for the show Doctor Who. Now, I grew up with a male lead ever since I became hooked on this blasted show back in December 1963, half way through the first Dalek story (I have strong opinions about them too, but not for here ). I'm most convinced that the lead should be a strong but quirky male character and couldn't understand the media fervour for a female lead, as to me it just seems 'wrong.' Today's announcement of a lady lead brought initially an angry reaction and I'm all set to stomp off in a royal huff and never watch it again, BUT... Reality is that despite being a TV show that was a huge part of my childhood and remains something I'll tune into when it's on, of course I'll give this lady a chance to see what the big sex-change regeneration means and brings to the formula...
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    Marco,
    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I scored 10 in the Option 1 test, which is about right, as I'm pretty far from being Aspergers.
    I scored 27 in the Option 1 test:

    26–31 gives a borderline indication of an autism spectrum disorder. It is also possible to have aspergers or mild autism within this range.

    Maybe because English is not my native language? ;-)

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    All interesting stuff, Dave, and thanks for sharing. We are clearly very different people, and I'm fortunate that I don't suffer from the same things you do.

    Quote Originally Posted by DSJR View Post
    I can't really answer your question properly except to say that 'we' are utterly convinced we are right when we experience and discover things in our chosen field/hobby/life-obsession, mapping them almost photographically in our memories for regurgitation decades later and finding it most uncomfortable when someone else disagrees with those memories and experiences.
    I think you're absolutely right, especially with the first bit. In terms of the last bit (in bold), thankfully that's something that doesn't bother me, as I'm not 'married to my opinions'.

    What bothers me (in a major way) is when someone dismisses my memories and experiences as "imagined", or unreal in some other way, simply because the contents sometimes can't be confirmed by evidence from 'currently accepted wisdom' (read as 'Johnny's Book of Physics').

    I've had to realise that fifty years is a hell of a long time and findings then may not always be the same now with modern technology and thinking - I mean, we're hearing old loudspeakers in good working order probably better than they've ever sounded, pickup cartridges too I suspect, although one or two vintage amps I've heard again in recent times are excellent now as they undoubtedly were then.
    I completely agree, hence why our memories and experiences occasionally need to be replaced and updated, with current practical experience

    I'm probably talking crap again but just to give one in-audio example of how 'we' may act. The 'new' Doctor, a lady actor, was announced today for the show Doctor Who. Now, I grew up with a male lead ever since I became hooked on this blasted show back in December 1963, half way through the first Dalek story (I have strong opinions about them too, but not for here. I'm most convinced that the lead should be a strong but quirky male character and couldn't understand the media fervour for a female lead, as to me it just seems 'wrong.' Today's announcement of a lady lead brought initially an angry reaction and I'm all set to stomp off in a royal huff and never watch it again
    Lol... As a fellow Dr Who fan (although from a different era than you), don't get me started on that shite... Dr Who should be a man, and his assistant a woman - end of! That's how the 'chemistry' works.

    They've bastardised the formula once too often now (by 'kiddifying' and politically correcting it beyond all recognition), so I doubt I'll be watching it again. Bring back the days of Tom Baker and Sarah-Jane Smith!!

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    Martin
    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Tried to answer honestly and came up with INTP
    did the same. Result: ENTJ.

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    My view is that Dr Who is a children's programme, so I don't give a monkey's who they cast in the title role. The last time I watched it regularly, Tom Baker was the Doctor. (I did watch an awful one-off with Paul McGann as The Doctor in the mid '90s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post

    What bothers me (in a major way) is when someone dismisses my memories and experiences as "imagined", or unreal in some other way, simply because the contents sometimes can't be confirmed by evidence from 'currently accepted wisdom' (read as 'Johnny's Book of Physics').
    I am blessed/cursed with a very poor memory of events, so someone else's version of what happened is far more likely to be correct than mine. As an example, my sisters and I were reminiscing about our childhood a while back. We all went to the same infant and junior school, and I said I vaguely remembered going from our school to church for some reason. My elder sister said 'We did that on the first Friday of each month when we were at primary school!', which, given I was at the school for six years, must have meant I did that seventy-odd times, and yet I'd almost completely forgotten about it.

    My wife can remember her primary school in great detail; what the classrooms were like, the names of all her teachers, etc. To me it's just a blur, apart from the odd moment of excitement, as when another boy and I were carrying a crate of empty milk bottles along the corridor, and he let go of his end. That was the loudest thing I'd ever heard.

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    Try a few the questions annoyed me assumes one is part of society
    Think this test is awful sure not psycho dr would rate it as in anyway meaningful
    A questions like this
    I usually notice car number plates or similar strings of information.
    Excuse me sir can i see the unique code of your consumerist possessive Does it have a serial number ?
    Is too full of society assumptions to make the test in anyway valid to me cars are a toxic danger the way they are logged to civil servants is completely irrelevant

    I am fascinated by dates.
    Of course I fucking am
    I am single so yes one of my mine obsessions is getting dates so i might stand a chance of getting my end away
    11/6/1997 mean anything to you guys

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