Top 10 Positive Traits of Autistic People

What Are the Best Aspects of Autism?

If you're sick of hearing about all the "deficits" challenging people on the autism spectrum, join the club. But for every down side to autism, there seems to be a positive—an unusual trait that rarely appears among the "typical" community, but shines out among autistic folk. These pluses are well worth celebrating.

Autistic People Rarely Lie

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We all claim to value the truth, but almost all of us tell little white lies. All, that is, except people on the autism spectrum. To them, truth is truth—there's no reason to prevaricate—and a good word from a person on the spectrum is the real deal.

People on the Autism Spectrum Live in the Moment

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How often do typical people fail to notice what's in front of their eyes because they're distracted by social cues or random chitchat? People on the autism spectrum truely attend to the sensory input that surrounds them. Some see beauty that others miss, though they pass by it every day. Many have achieved the ideal of mindfulness.

People with Autism Rarely Judge Others

Who's fatter? Richer? Smarter? Prettier? For people on the autism spectrum, these distinctions hold much less importance than for typical folks. In fact, people on the spectrum often see through such surface appearances to discover the real person.

Autistic People are Passionate

Many people on the spectrum are truly passionate about the things, ideas, and people in their lives. They spend the time, energy, and imagination necessary to truly master their area of interest, and they stick with it even when it's difficult, frustrating, or "uncool." How many "typical" people can say the same?

People with Autism Are Not Tied to Social Expectations

If you've ever bought a car, played a game, or joined a club to fit in you know how hard it is to be true to yourself. But for people with autism, social expectations can be honestly unimportant. What matters is true liking, shared interests, kindness, and the desire to spend time together—not keeping up with the Joneses.

People with Autism Have Terrific Memories

How often do typical people forget directions, or fail to take note of colors, names, and other details? People on the autism spectrum are often much more tuned in to details. In many cases, they have a much better memory than their typical peers for all kind of critical details.

Autistic People Are Less Materialistic

Of course, this is not universally true—but in general, people with autism are far less concerned with outward appearance than their typical peers. As a result, they worry less about brand names, hairstyles and other expensive but unimportant externals than most people do. They are also less inclined to see salary or title as desirable for their own sake.

Autistic People Play Fewer Head Games

"Do I look fat in this outfit? Tell me the truth—I won't get mad!" 

"I know I TOLD you I didn't mind if you went out, but why did you believe me?"

Few autistic people play games like these—and they assume that you won't either. It's a refreshing and wonderful change from the Peyton Place emotional roller coaster that mars too many typical relationships!

Autistic People Have Fewer Hidden Agendas

Most of the time, if a person on the autism spectrum tells you what he wants—he is telling you what he wants. No need to beat around the bush, second guess, and hope you're reading between the lines!

People with Autism Open New Doors for Neurotypicals

For some of us neurotypicals, having an autistic person in our lives has had a profound positive impact on our perceptions, beliefs and expectations. For me, at least, being the mom of a son on the autism spectrum has released me from a lifetime of "should"—and offered me a new world of "is."

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