Monday, 31 August 2009

Age and getting on with people

On Facebook, I have 145 contacts at the moment. I don't refer to them as friends, because some of them are people I have never met, or did know in the past, but haven't seen for many years. My eldest contact is an NT but left-handed (my dad is also NT but left-handed) uncle, born on Sunday 12th November 1944. The youngest is a female named Sam from Scotland, born on Sunday 13th February 1994, who is on the Autistic Spectrum. A difference of 49 years, 3 months and 1 day.

For some reason or other, I seem to get on with, and relate to, people older or younger than myself, better than my own age group. With a few exceptions, I've always struggled to strike up rapports, and establish friendships with those my own age. This was evident in Secondary School, and is still to this very day, though matters in this area have slightly improved over the years. I don't know whether this factor is because of my Asperger's, or simply my personality? Do Aspies find it hard to get on with those their own age? Do Aspies get on with people who are older or younger than them better than their own peer groups? I don't know.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too find that I get relate to other people who are older or younger than me. Speaking from my own experience I have found that people my own age assume that I am going to be very much like them e.g. similar interests, likes, dislikes, attitudes and mindset etc., but this is not the case. Actually the very fact that they make these absurd assumptions drives me crazy so I avoid them because they seem to feel affronted when I don't agree with them or think the same way as them.

Dale Smith

19 September 2009 at 21:33  

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