Autism Personality Types? Why Aren’t They Being Looked at Too?
There are many stereotypes and reductive views about what autism is and how it is presented sometimes it is a whisper that becomes so overt that it travels lengthy ways and gets ingrained and not challenged by the people it is supplied to.
Challenging the Status Quo?
The late Donna Williams (Polly Samuels) always was the eloquent trailblazer of challenging the entrenched status quo of what the word “autism” means. In essence it is an adjective and observational social construct of a set of characteristics. Moving forward to her “fruit salad analogy” she breaks it down into different types of information processing of differing TYPES and differing DEGREES that present an array of differing CHALLNEGES for the person.
Personality and Development
I have always been interested not only the developmental aspects that come with autism but also how personality types and their disordered extremes seem to get ignored and/ or not event recognised as a part of the person. I often wonder how damaging that could be if the individuals personhood is not seen then what is left?
Personality Types, Different Motivations, Different Presentations
Human beings have up to 4 to 6 personality types some of them ride along with each other quite smoothly, others are direct contradiction to one another, others maybe a more even mixture while others are so wild in their differences that it’s hard to pick them apart.
Personality types within people means they have
- Different Drivers (wants, needs, belief systems and desires)
- Different expression of language (expression, interaction)
- Different ways of socialising (expression, understanding, preferences)
- Different personal motivations (friendship and relationships)
- Different “inner worlds” (mentalising and belief systems)
Example of “Autistic and Non-Autistic” Personality Types
Some of personality types may look more “autistic” in expression such as being conscientious and/or solitary while others not so much if not at all such as the mercurial and/or leisurely personality type.
What if some of the present issues in the person are to do with overlapping types that goes into “disordered extremes”? And so the presentation is being inaccurately referenced, told and/or said to be “the autism”.
Paul Isaacs 2018