Positives of Asperger’s: 7 Benefits

Living with Asperger’s may not give you ‘superpowers’, but you may find that you have some really positive qualities that help you shine.

Mental health experts no longer regard Asperger’s as an independent diagnosis. Instead, in 2013, the American Psychological Association updated their “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition” to include Asperger’s as part of the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.

Removing Asperger’s as a formal diagnosis resulted in some backlash. Critics of the decision say it makes no sense to scrap the decision, because many people with Asperger’s share common characteristics. This makes it an easy way to help classify where on the spectrum a person falls.

And it is these fundamental characteristics of Asperger’s that someone diagnosed with may consider their greatest strengths.

Whether you agree, disagree or are indifferent to the change in diagnostic status, one thing is clear: living with Asperger’s has some potential positives that may be worth mentioning.

Before we get into the positive traits of Asperger’s, it’s important to note that not everyone will have the same traits, experience them the same way, or have good or bad experiences with them.

It’s part of what makes everyone unique. People with Asperger’s may also have other traits that make them special that are not listed here. The following list provides insight into some common characteristics of people with Asperger’s.

Honesty

One quality that people often attribute to autistic people is honesty. People can sometimes view honesty in autistic people as extreme where they can view an autistic person as brutally honest with their thoughts and opinions.

However, many people also appreciate this degree of honesty. For example, knowing exactly how a person feels can give a relationship a certain level of security. In this sense, many may view an autist’s potentially extreme honesty as refreshing and authentic.

strong focus

Strong focus, especially on fun tasks, is another positive trait people often associate with Asperger’s. An autistic person may be more naturally equipped to focus on reading, writing, or working on a hobby for extended periods of time than is usual for a neurotypical person.

This strong focus on a particular task also makes many autistic people feel more comfortable being alone for extended periods of time compared to others.

An autistic person may find that people find their interests somewhat unusual. They may experience people who believe that those interests do not always match the interests of a neurotypical person.

However, an autistic person may also find that their unique ability to concentrate allows them to thrive in a work or school environment, especially if they show an interest in the subject.

Detail-oriented

If you live with Asperger’s, you may be more detail oriented than a neurotypical person. You may be able to focus well on mundane tasks, pick up on small details, or commit yourself to quality and accuracy. This can be a very useful trait at home, at school and at work.

Intelligence

People often associate Asperger’s with strong intelligence in certain categories.

In general, people can categorize Asperger’s as Imbalanced Intelligence, with an autistic person scoring high in some categories and low in others, such as social or linguistic intelligence.

A 2016 research review found that autistic people with higher IQs generally have exceptional spatial awareness, ability to concentrate, decision-making skills, and mathematical intelligence, among other skills.

strong morals

People with Asperger’s often have a strong moral code. A small study from 2014 found that high-functioning autistic children tend to be more rule-oriented when it comes to morality. This can often give autistic people a deep sense of moral justice and fairness.

This desire to protect others may translate into the autistic person or their loved one(s) becoming involved in charities or other causes that help others.

Unique sense of humor

While people don’t usually associate humor with autism, people with Asperger’s have their own unique sense of humor. In general, autistic people approach humor from a more intellectual perspectiveand the subjects of humor they enjoy generally center around their specific interests.

Autistic people are less likely to use humor for social purposes. They may not think of sharing something they find funny, but may instead enjoy a funny topic themselves.

Loyalty

Loyalty can be another aspect that people associate with Asperger’s. If you live with the diagnosis, you may find it difficult to learn social skills and get along with others.

But once you find friends, you may find that you are incredibly loyal to your friends. And while you may have a difficult experience fitting in, you’ll find that you can bounce back from rejection quite easily.