3 thoughts on “Asperger’s and Creativity

  • August 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Great post Douglas!. I have strong traits of both Asperger’s and High Sensitivity, (as do some of my relatives) and I wholly believe it has everything to do with my high creativity. Singular, obsessive focus, love of knowledge and nature rather than focusing on the detailed nature of my social relationships, I know my brain works quite differently to others. For fun and work, I can visualize almost anything in any form and morph it 3D into something else like a graphics video, yet I have to memorize and copy others social scripts in social settings because I have no idea what is appropriate to say or how to act. Yes its fabulous to have exceptional creativity but is challenging when you realize the art world is a very social, competitive place, so it can create a lot of challenges for those with both conditions.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Stephanie – Thanks. I just added a screenshot of the first few questions from The AQ Test [Wired mag.] to Part 3 of this article – the test items look like they would fit for the traits of high sensitivity, or perhaps introversion.

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  • August 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Yes, its true they are very similar. They are overlapping traits. Here are a few others, I think may apply to AS from the HSP Test:

    1)I am easily overwhelmed by strong sensory input.
    2)I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment.
    3)Other people’s moods affect me.

    5)I find myself needing to withdraw during busy days, into bed or into a darkened room or any place where I can have some privacy and relief from stimulation.

    7)I am easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells,coarse fabrics,or sirens close by.
    8) I have a rich,complex inner life.
    9) I am made uncomfortable by loud noises.
    10)I am deeply moved by the arts or music.
    11) My nervous system sometimes feels so frazzled that I just have to go off by myself.
    12)I am conscientious.
    13) I startle easily.
    14)I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short amount of time.

    16) I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once.
    15) I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things.

    17) I become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around me.

    19)Changes in my life shake me up.

    21) I find it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once.
    22) I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations.
    23) I am bothered by intense stimuli, like loud noises or chaotic scenes.
    here is the 2nd piece I wrote on my own blog about some of my experiences : http://thepheonixandthefire.blogspot.com/2013/05/rainbowland-aspergers-2.html
    and also here is a list of adult Aspie female traits by Dr Tania Marshall : http://taniaannmarshall.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/moving-towards-a-female-profile-the-unique-characteristics-abilities-and-talents-of-asperwomen-adult-women-with-asperger-syndrome/

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