Could You Be an Aspie?

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Autism is a spectrum disorder. Kelvin Murrays, or Level 1 autism, is a high-functioning type of autism. This doesn't mean that every kid or adult diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a genius—it indicates that these individuals have above-average verbal skills and a normal to high IQ. Some folks with Asperger's syndrome can pass for neurotypical. If you've recently come across a representation of ASD in the media and noticed some similarities in your own life, you may be wondering if you have undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome.

Not so fun fact— Asperger's is underdiagnosed in women. This quiz is certainly not scientific, and your answers may indicate another condition altogether. But it will give you a better idea of what some people with ASD go through in their daily lives. We strongly urge you to see a health professional if you suspect you may be on the spectrum. Learning coping mechanisms can significantly improve the quality of life for "Aspies".

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Famous people with Asperger's

Asperger's syndrome, often simply referred to as Asperger's, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that presents unique challenges, especially in social interactions and non-verbal cues. Yet, it's fascinating to note that many individuals with this condition have made significant marks in various fields, showcasing their unique talents and perspectives. Let's delve into the lives of some renowned personalities who have been diagnosed with Asperger's. Chris Packham: The Naturalist's Gaze Chris Packham, a renowned television host and naturalist from England, is best known for "The Very Wild Show." Growing up in Hampshire, he developed a keen interest in natural history. However, school wasn't always kind to him; he faced bullying and social exclusion. It wasn't until 2005, after therapy sessions following the loss of his dog, that he was diagnosed with Asperger's. Alongside this revelation, he also opened up about his battles with severe depression. Vernon L. Smith: The Economic Visionary Vernon L. Smith, an American economist, has left an indelible mark in the world of business economics. Starting his teaching career in 1955 at Purdue University, he went on to establish The International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics. In 2005, Smith recognized certain aspects of his personality aligning with Asperger's and made a self-diagnosis. Anthony Hopkins: The Silver Screen Maestro The Welsh actor, Anthony Hopkins, needs no introduction. With a career spanning both stage and cinema, he's one of Britain's most iconic performers. His portrayal of Richard the Lionheart in "The Lion in Winter" brought him significant acclaim. In a candid 2017 interview, Hopkins shared that he had been diagnosed with Asperger's three years prior. Greta Thunberg: The Climate Crusader Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish environmental activist, has been a force to reckon with, urging global leaders to address climate change. Her advocacy began at home, convincing her parents to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle. In 2015, her mother publicly disclosed Greta's Asperger's diagnosis in Sweden. Interestingly, Thunberg views her Asperger's not as a disease but as her "superpower." Temple Grandin: The Voice of Animals Born into affluence in Boston, Temple Grandin is an American scholar known for her expertise in animal behavior. A staunch advocate for the humane treatment of livestock, she has penned numerous research papers on animal behavior. Grandin's Asperger's diagnosis provided her with a unique lens, making her one of the first autistic individuals to share insights from her personal experiences with autism. Susan Boyle: The Melodic Sensation Scottish singer Susan Boyle shot to fame with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" on Britain's Got Talent. Her debut album broke records in the UK. In 2012, Boyle was diagnosed with Asperger's, a revelation she shared in a 2013 BBC interview. Growing up, she believed her learning difficulties stemmed from complications at birth. Henry Bond: The Artistic Lens Henry Bond, born in East London in 1966, is celebrated for his unique artistic style as a photographer, writer, and visual artist. In a personal statement, Bond shared his Asperger's diagnosis and his journey through psychoanalysis and cognitive behavioral therapy. Gilles Tréhin: The Imaginative Creator French novelist and artist Gilles Trehin, diagnosed with Asperger's, crafted the fictional city of "Urville." His book, bearing the same name, dives deep into the city's history, culture, and economy, adorned with over 300 of Trehin's illustrations. Daryl Hannah: The Screen's Enigma Actress and environmentalist Daryl Hannah began her acting journey with "The Fury." As a child, she was incredibly shy, facing challenges in school and emotional isolation. Her Asperger's diagnosis came later in life. Beyond acting, Hannah is a fervent environmentalist, even launching her video blog, DHLoveLife, focusing on eco-friendly solutions.

These individuals, each in their unique way, have shown that while Asperger's presents challenges, it can also be a source of strength, creativity, and unparalleled perspective. Their stories inspire and remind us that every individual has a unique journey, and it's these very differences that make our world so beautifully diverse.

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Where has Asperger's appeared in pop culture?

More Aspie characters have appeared on the small screen in the last decade than ever before, and their depictions have been more nuanced too. This representation has been so crucial in helping the public understand important aspects of neurodiversity, but it's also been a way for Aspies to gain an awareness of how others feel when interacting with them. Let's take a look at some of the TV characters that have stood out.

First, there's Max Braverman from the show "Parenthood." Max is partial to a pirate costume, and that is all he wants to wear to school. He also takes everything literally. Second, we have Abed Nadir from the popular sitcom "Community." Abed is obsessed with filmmaking and often enquires about social cues to ensure he understands a situation correctly. Netflix's "Atypical" revolves around a teenager on the spectrum, and you'll also find the charming Korean drama "Extraordinary Attorney Woo" on the streaming service.

How to Play?

Our personality quizzes are set up a little differently than your basic trivia quiz, but you’ve probably seen their kind around. Rather than having to choose the right answer from a list of multiple choice options, in this case, there is no “right answer”! (Two plus two will always be four, but every Golden Girls character is equally awesome.)

So, stop stressing. Just click on the answer that suits you best, and enjoy the ride. These quizzes are just for fun but who knows – you might just learn something about yourself along the way!

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