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You might be joking there, but that's what my wife (who is on the spectrum) says. She says alistic people don't go around self-diagnosing. I just have a lot of questions, because I am so on the borderline.Are you Autistic? Y/N
That was easy. You're welcome.
Seriously though, I'd ask this:
You are in a social setting and you embarrass yourself. Do you: A) get defensive and point out everyone else's flaws to distract from your own behavior? or B) Existentially fold in on yourself and feel ashamed of this moment for the rest of your life?
A = 90% likelihood NT
B = 90% likelihood ND
American here and, yeah, IDK why we haven't gone metric. A lot of industries and organizations exclusively use metric measurements here. I think whenever the topic of switching comes up the people against it just want to fight. ...They hate it when you tell them time is metric.Want to talk about inches, feet, and miles?
I think OP engaging in this thread is proof enough."Do you make long-winded explanation with several examples to respond to a simple question?"
Not to get too far off on a tangent, but America has had the metric system since 1975, they just didn't make the conversion mandatory. Meanwhile the English still have this weird attachment to imperial; bringing back imperial was one of the promises of brexit, and the govt held consultations on it last year. England didn't make metric conversion mandatory until 1995, and it was being fought in the courts until 2002.
Love it. Those anecdotes are really relatable. So is that thing about dinner parties, that was always a sticking point for me.I completely agree with you on those tests. I would also add, that I think we ourselves are often not the best judges of our abilities. When I took my first test with my then-partner a few years ago, I kept wanting to put my social skills as average, while she was quite adamant they were actually terrible and I look very strange to most people. I just don't realize how offputting I am in person. I also want to be very sure if I'm saying I exhibit some "symptom", and tend to say no if it's borderline as I don't want to give people (or tests no-one but me will see) the wrong idea. Another problem I have with many of the tests is that they have a sliding scale of answers, where you can be "somewhat sure" or "very sure". I never know what criteria to use when answering and since I tend to have dull emotions I check the more subdued box.
I'm also very much a "technically correct" type of person, instead of looking at the intention behind the questions. One question I remember from RAADS-R went something like "do you like dinner conversations?" My thinking went something like "well, I like conversations, and especially listening to other and having something to do while I eat, so sure". However, on thinking about it later, I much prefer speaking with people without having my mouth full most of the time and tend to be very silent when eating since I'm focusing on the food, and have even have people comment on it. So yes, technically I like dinner conversations since I like eating and talking (which is why I responded yes), but I still much prefer it if they are separate activities which is probably what they actually wanted to know.
I tend to be in the borderline range of the results, but I really think it's because of how the quizzes are constructed. I always feel very unsure about whether my answers are the correct ones and if I am understanding the questions correctly, and think it would really help having a professional to discuss each question with before answering. It would be even better if they could have a conversation with me and then fill the questionnaire in themselves based on our discussion.
One of my problems with the tests (and one you identified) is how they don't make the distinction between intuitively and logically understanding something. There's a lot of stuff I understand and don't really have a problem with now, but it's because I've deliberately trained myself to think differently, and perhaps came to an understanding from a different route from most of the population. However, most quizzes ask "do you understand x" rather than "are you frustrated/annoyed/bemused by x" which describes my thinking much better.
I see a lot of anecdotes which are weirdly common among autists, and is ultimately what I relate to the most. Some of them might be "do you tend to walk quickly?", "do you feel as if a pane of glass is between you and the rest of the people in a group discussion?", "do you put a lot of effort into preventing misunderstandings?" or "do you tend to befriend outsiders, the opposite gender or people in a different age range than yourself?". Those anecdotes (including the one @Outdated came up with just now, which I strongly relate to) are actually what really made me accept being autistic. I also discovered that most of my friends (in isolation, they don't know each other) also suspect they are autistic and harbor even stronger traits than I do. I had been drawn to autists without even trying to because it was so much easier to communicate with them.
So... I guess you can add "Do you make a long-winded explanation with several examples to respond to a simple question?" to your list of questions. In fact, I think having written answers rather than multiple choice would show much more clearly who is autistic.
"My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it"American here and, yeah, IDK why we haven't gone metric. A lot of industries and organizations exclusively use metric measurements here. I think whenever the topic of switching comes up the people against it just want to fight. ...They hate it when you tell them time is metric.
I think OP engaging in this thread is proof enough.
Nice save.;-) Born UK, now living in NZ for last 12 years. In full fairness then I claim English to be my second language, with Yorkshire my native tongue. And yes I now have swapped my dar-tah for day-ta, my root-a for my row-ta and my chips for my chups. Just don't go after my iggs.
As you say there's a lot of culture on language, and it does evolve.