There is so much confusion and inaccurate information out there about asperger's! The majority of people with asperger's want, but have difficulty making friends. Learning about asperger's was so amazing and freeing. I finally understood why I am different, it isn't my fault, and that being different is okay. I learned why I didn't fit in at school. Sometimes I was confused when everyone else seemed to know what was going on. Other times I understood things that my peers could not figure out.
I don't relate to everything that is said about asperger's, but no one does. Autism is a wide spectrum with high-functioning genius at one end, and people who are unable to speak on the other. There are many people with varying strengths and weaknesses all through the spectrum. The main things we have in common, are social difficulties and problems communicating and forming relationships. We also have difficulty understanding abstract concepts. We have difficulty understanding what other people think and feel, we focus inward instead of outward. Many of us don't follow the crowd, we do our own thing. We may not even be aware of what the crowd is doing, or why they are doing it. We don't see the details that the majority see, our focus is different, our interests are different.
The more books I read on asperger's (I have read a lot) the more I am convinced that I have it. It explains so much! I have learned that there are things that I can learn and do differently that will help me fit in, but other things that are not worth changing, because it is who I am, and who I want to be.
I believe that asperger's has contributed greatly to my social anxiety, because I never know what to say, and it takes me a long time to express my thoughts, which has contributed to many awkward social exchanges. Some people with aspergrer's are not aware enough of how their actions affect other people that they do not experience embarrassment. That sounds nice in many ways, but I am sure it comes with many problems.
For me just knowing what asperger's is, is enough. I have learned a lot about myself, and it has helped me so much. On the other hand, my son may benefit from a diagnosis before he starts college?