There are many inconclusive stereotypes around the autism spectrum and one of them is a the all people on the autism spectrum have an “intense special interest” I have been working in the field of autism for over six years and I have met many folks who do not have a “special interest” of acute intensity nor want to.
If one can conceive a special interest then may be we could be looking at accompanying personality traits and types that would make someone have such a hyper-focus. The first is Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder in which the person has a intense devotion to work, perfectionism and rigidity. They could be also have that as a secondary to Schizoid Personality disorder in which the person is apathetic, secretive and distant.
Personality Types & Differing Profiles
To deny that “disordered extremes” of personality types can co-exist and interact with an “autism” or “asperger’s” profile is not helpful, it firstly doesn’t benefit the person in question and secondly the premise should not be that “oh that’s the autism”.
Therefore giving the interest a green light and thus scapegoating that such behaviour is acceptable to demonstrate and carry out with such an intensity that may well have a negative impact on themselves and other they come into contact with.
No It Isn’t Just The “Autism”
So when can their “special interests” go wrong from a personal experience I can tell you, when someone you once did trust downloads information to you about satanism, the occult and the disturbing rituals that go with for over an hour, and you have to process what you have just heard (which for me is a significant delay), when my emotional perception has reached its emotional peak years after the incident, when people dismissed and didn’t acknowledge my trauma, depression, nightmares and suicidal ideatation and saw the incident as just someone’s “autism” and I should “get over it”. Then I question this on a personal an professional level.
Paul Isaacs 2016