Having conversations, talking, sharing thoughts are nearly impossible in most circumstances for me several reasons: often I find myself, when around others even that I know well, unable to have the most rudimentary conversations. For one thing, I rarely know what people are physically saying: it's like no matter how interested I am, I can barely remember what a person has said as they finish a sentence, the words don't make sense, I don't hear what they’ve said, and I can't figure out what's important. At other times, I have no idea how what I'm saying is being recieved, or if a person is interested. My conversations are completely one sided: either I am talking about my own passions or I sit there blankly staring at a person unable to speak, lost by what they're saying. It's not shyness and it feels more structural if that makes sense. People have told me they thought I was unintelligent until they corresponded with me, because I'm better at writing than speaking. A couple of times I was told I mKe people nervous because I’m quiet. It is not that i don't have anything to say--it is that its totally disorienting to talk to people. Having to take a trip with someone can be excruciating because the expectation is that you'll share something and have a chat. If the world was close captioned or everything was conducted by email I would be so happy! The result of all this is being really isolated, feeling weird, and messing things up (jobs can be tough when everything isn't written down, I forget things immediately and can't read my own writing. It's so frustrating, but also painful as I recognize people's discomfort and watch them withdraw. I was wondering if anyone has a similar experience and how do you handle it?