My sister has something between Asperger's and high functioning autism...
She is an absolute GENIUS, she has perfect pitch (Like textbook perfect pitch, not American Idol Perfect pitch... she has the robotic kind), she picked up several (Okay like 12) Instruments and taught herself how to read and write music, she can paint and draw perfectly accurate scenes from memory (hell, she can remember what my mother was wearing on her second birthday) she scored a 1590/1600 on her SATs... Genius.
But she, at the age of 23, has never had a boyfriend, or even a best friend lasting more than a year or two. She pushes people away, she is not shy to ask for things for free (Money, instruments, food off your plate), constantly gives TMI, has obsessions (usually musicians or strong females), has a strange attraction to anatomy and death, etc etc etc..
The worst part? She knows that she does these things (she's a frickin' genius, durrr). She can't turn it off.
I'd definitely like to hear some insight into how people control their Asperger's, She is my closest sibling, we get along like nobody else in my family, share a wave length. Here I am, the social butterfly of the family... With an affinity for empathy, the therapist to all of my friends.. I seem to "get people". Trust me, don't EVER try to lie or hide any feelings from me, I'll pick up on it. Social cues, bingo. The exact opposite in this way from my sister... I'd like to help her, can't stand to see her suffer. It's a lonely condition. WUT DO, FORUM?
(Shit, I don't mean to steal the thread... Asperger's moment