50 Positive traits of many with Aspergers

Wendi Powers Brain on Spectrum

By Mark Hutton

Most kids, teens, and adults with Aspergers have a bunch of positive traits that more than make-up for any negative ones. One Aspie asserted, “Thank God I have Aspergers!” Let’s look at just a few of the positive traits that many with Asperger’s may have.

Most Aspies:

  • are able to easily forgive others
  • are conscientious, reliable, and honest
  • are enthusiastic and have a propensity for obsessive research, thus developing a broad and deep base of knowledge in subjects of interest
  • are free of prejudice
  • are intelligent and talented
  • are less inclined to be fickle or bitchy than their neurotypical counterparts
  • are more likely than those of the general population to pursue a university education
  • are not inclined to lie to others
  • are not inclined to steal from others
  • are not likely to be bullies, con artists, or social manipulators
  • are not motivated by an intense social drive to spend time with whoever happens to be available
  • are persistent, and when they set their minds to something or make a promise, they can usually be trusted to follow through
  • are unlikely to launch unprovoked attacks, verbal or otherwise
  • are untainted by the judgments that people often make regarding one another’s social position or social skills
  • are very accepting of the quirks and idiosyncrasies of others
  • bring a highly original perspective to problem solving
  • can be selective, choosing honest, genuine, dependable people who share their interests
  • can bring up a variety of interesting facts
  • can listen to people’s problems and provide a fresh perspective, offering pure assessments based on the information provided
  • can recall fine details that others miss
  • can relax and be themselves without fearing social censure
  • don’t attack the reputations of those around them
  • don’t discriminate against anyone based on race, gender, age, or any other surface criteria
  • don’t force others to live up to demanding social expectations
  • don’t have hidden agendas
  • don’t play head games
  • don’t take advantage of other’s weaknesses
  • don’t usually recognize hierarchies, and so are unlikely to give someone superior status simply because that person is wealthy or has attained a high position in an organization
  • have a good work ethic
  • have a lot of passion when engaging in activities they like, which may translate into a talent for certain athletic pursuits
  • have a tendency to adhere to routines
  • have above-average intelligence
  • have an acute sensitivity that supports creative talents
  • have exceptional memories
  • have extreme endurance
  • have high integrity
  • have no interest in harming others
  • have one or more highly developed talents
  • have talents for swimming, rowing, running, bodybuilding, or other activities that require sustained physical effort
  • have values that aren’t shaped by financial, social, or political influences
  • judge people based on their behavior – not the color of their skin or socioeconomic status
  • like to spend time alone and are perfectly capable of entertaining themselves
  • loathe small talk and trivialities, preferring instead to talk about significant things that will enhance their knowledge base
  • make very good employees if able to control their pace and work within either a solitary or socially supportive environment
  • pay attention to detail
  • stick to their positions, even in the face of intense social pressure
  • tend to become proficient in the technological media required for lucrative employment in the “information age”
  • tend to prefer individual sports to team sports, as there are no social demands and they can exercise complete control over the activity
  • who develop an interest in sport or fitness are likely to work at it every day, often for long periods of time
  • will not go along with the crowd if they know that something is wrong

Source of this article: www.myaspergerschild.com/2010/12/50-positive-characteristics-of.html

Permission to reprint given by Mark Hutton.

Mark Hutton, M.A. is a Counseling Psychologist, Home-Based Family Therapist and Online Parent Coach at MyAspergersChild.com

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