Luke describes the triad of impairments.
Julie lets Tim know she is joking by saying ‘joke alert.
Ian finds it difficult to know if people are laughing at him or with him.
Jamie ‘bumps into difficulties’ now and again because he misinterprets things.
Richard feels uncomfortable about jokes made by a member of staff.
John describes how people with Asperger syndrome interpret things literally.
Julie has to mediate misunderstandings that occur between her husband and two sons.
John has always had great difficulty assessing ‘good and bad faith in other people’ which has…
When someone told Debbie that they would start working with her in four weeks, she expected them…
Alex is very trusting but is more accepting now when people lie.
Difficulties in social interaction
Laurie says the hardest thing about Asperger’s is the difficulty she has making friends.
Duncan often didn’t realise when people were talking to him.
Catherine could not bear to speak in front of other people and describes the fear she experiences…
Harriet won’t do ‘social mixing’ unless she is forced and avoids situations with more than three…
Vicky finds it difficult to communicate with people.
Ian explains why he finds some behaviour disrespectful.
Mark talks about his experiences of commuting and how baffling his experiences were for other…
One of Paul I’s friends unfriended him on Facebook when he didn’t recognise her face.
There were also difficulties in processing details quickly enough to keep up with conversations. This, in turn, was often related to distractions caused by anxious or obsessive thoughts or sensory sensitivities (see ‘Sensory sensitivities’).
Russell finds that the effort to control what he is saying can result in the loss of control of…
Sam finds socialising difficult partly because he finds most people uninteresting.
‘I try to improve on my conversation for the next time’
Duncan describes ‘social suicide situations’ where he says something that makes him feel stupid.
Mary puts on an act to appear more confident than she is.
Daniel describes how he notices very little when he is concentrating on something and sometimes…
Simon thinks he has overcomplicated interactions because he is so conscious of them.