Aspie to Neurotypical Dictionary
I've found that one of the greatest points of friction between the Aspie and Neurotypical populations is the Aspergian tendency to answer Neurotypical questions honestly, and the Neurotypical tendency to interpret such honesty as rudeness.
Therefore I've decided to help prepare those Neurotypicals who have difficulty hearing such honest feedback by offering possible more comforting translations of such direct statements you might hear when asking an Aspie for an honest opinion. . .
Aspie: "Yes, you do look fat in that dress."
Translation: "Perhaps you could try something else on that better accentuates your unique features."
Aspie: "This food tastes terrible."
Translation: "The abundance of unique flavor is overwhelming to the palate."
Aspie: "This is really boring, can we go now?"
Translation: "I feel I could use some time to reflect on my experience thus far and revisit this issue at another time."
Aspie: "Why is this information relevant?"
Translation: "I can see you're a visionary and the true importance of this information will become apparent in time."
Aspie: "This is stupid."
Translation: "I wonder when this will reach it's intellectual peak?"
Aspie: "You look really old."
Translation: "You appear to be someone with much wisdom and experience."
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