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Old 09-06-2019, 01:57 PM
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Is there an equivalent of Asperger that tends toward abstract thought and novelty?

I've noticed a few people who at first seemed like they might have Asperger syndrome. I'll name a few eventually but for now, let's only look at the characteristics to avoid biasing the question by making it about this or that public figure.

They appear to have low empathizing skills, little eye contact, flat voice intonation and a poker face. They can also be highly intense and focused in their interests.

However, instead of having inflexible repetitive routines, they seek novelty and experimentation. Instead of a few narrow interests, they'll be interested in many unrelated topics. Instead of collecting and memorizing a high quantity of details, they'll seek insight into underlying general principles. Instead of stereotyped and repetitive motor behaviors like flapping or twisting, they'll tend to have military-like posture. Metaphors are usually not a problem for them and they joke a fair amount. People with Asperger often fail to suppress internal thoughts but they don't seem to have that problem.

Any ideas?


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