It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
originally posted by: neformore
Are you sure you're not me?
I can identify with all of that. It was only when I met someone really special that the reason came apparrent and she figured it out - I have aspergers - not severe but just enough to set me to one side a little bit.
Over the years I've got a handle on it through variosu coping strategies, but the first step was figuring it out. Do some reading and a few online tests - you might find something interesting out about yourself, and then you can move on from there.
Edit to add - Welcome to ATS Its like the Hotel California.
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
You'll be alright buddy...
Takes a while to settle in sometimes...
Even though I was accepted pretty quickly once I started posting.
I still had that lingering thought of, different-ness, but after a while you get to notice that here is probably the best place for that, characteristic.
Just chime in more often, leave no stone unturned in your quest to share your opinion, and leave a trail of shock and awe behind you, soon enough you'll be someone's favourite poster.
originally posted by: reldra
I have had issues like that. Especially in high school. I didn't like to follow the crowd or belong to a single clique and often purposefully spent time with people I found to be picked on.
You have picked a great online community to find like-minded individuals. You will not agree with or get along with every single person, which is to be expected. But you will get along with a majority. I find this to be a very special place. I have found that I feel included and that my contributions are valued. You will too.
That was an awesome first post!
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: conflictor
Sounds like you'd fit right in at ATS tbh.
originally posted by: iskander683
This sounds like a thread I should have started. I've nearly always had bad reactions to the things I say, the way I look etc. People are too quick to jump to the wrong conclusions and, in my case, never seem to change.
I haven't always reacted very well to people who are like this to me. Don't get me wrong. I am a good guy but people just act badly to me because I come across as confident bordering on aloof and that isn't my fault.
People who know me properly are well aware that I am a very kind, compassionate and caring person but they have seen past the apparent detached persona that I project.
Basically, my face looks a bit arrogant, I suppose and people don't like that.
originally posted by: emsed1
a reply to: conflictor
I'd also say, just like everyone else here, that many people don't 'get' me.
Let's face it. Most people cannot divorce their opinion/belief from their feelings. I mentioned once on Facebook that I was amused by a few passengers on an airplane from a specific city who were being rude and selfish. A family member took that to mean that I was insinuating that SHE and everyone from the entire STATE sucked and that I hated all 29+ million of them.
The world needs more people who can debate without fighting, communicate without being offended, and who can punch holes in all the nonsense that's being fed to us by the world today.
Yes, it makes for a lonely existence sometimes. But it's people like us who keep the world turning so everyone else can sit around and be pissed off.
Online, I have trouble partaking in discussion threads, message board topics, etc... where either I kill the thread, arguments are directed toward me, posts ignored, posts and comment misunderstood and taken out of context, etc...