Why a Special Interest

While vacuuming, I was thinking about some presentation notes I read from the Minnesota Conference on Autism. The notes were talking about how people with Asperger’s Syndrome and autism often have a special interest. The notes made the observation that it is not yet known why people with Asperger’s Syndrome have a special interest.

It is strange to me that people would wonder why we Aspies have a special interest. We are not good at focusing on more than one thing at a time. We are not good at generalizing. We are not good at understanding that others don’t think like we do. So to us our special interest is not special at all. It is simply our life. We don’t understand why others don’t have a special interest.

OK, I now know why others don’t have as strong of special interests. And I have been forced to broaden my scope of subjects of interest, and have enjoyed the social opportunities having more to talk about has afforded me.

But when I am looking to unwind – to the special interest I go: )