Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs by Maxine C. Aston

By Maxine C. Aston

Asperger Syndrome (AS) has usually been thought of to be incompatible with love and relationships, yet because the variety of diagnoses raises, it's changing into obvious that individuals with AS can and do have complete and intimate relationships. Maxine Aston frankly examines the elemental points of relationships which are usually advanced via the illness. Illustrated with real-life examples, the publication tackles concerns akin to appeal, belief, communique, intimacy and parenting and features a part on commonly asked questions, making it a needs to for all people with AS and their companions, in addition to for buddies, kinfolk and counselors.

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There is a high level of probability that the NT women have given their AS partners the information, but the AS person does not have any memory of what she has said. The reason is that the information probably never reached long-term memory. In order to retain information, the message received has to be encoded and reach our long-term memory stores. Long-term memory is like a library in our brain that sorts and categorizes our memories in our memory banks, ready to be retrieved when required. Before information can reach long-term memory, it has to pass through short-term memory.

Quite soon afterwards explosions downstairs awakened them. Despite feeling ill she flew out of bed and ran downstairs into the kitchen. There on the cooker was a black saucepan expelling thick gray smoke. The entire kitchen was splattered in bits of very hard-boiled eggs. He had put his eggs on to boil for his sandwiches, thinking he would save time in the morning, forgotten and then gone to bed. Not all, but some, men with AS can be quite forgetful and absentminded. Sometimes this is because they have a pre-recorded script for a particular job or routine and if this is changed or interrupted, aspects can be forgotten.

The same logic is applied when an AS person moves onto his favourite topic or special interest. I have often seen a woman almost panic when she hears someone ask her partner about his favourite subject, and desperately try to intervene and redirect the conversation onto any other topic. This rarely succeeds as he probably has not even heard or been aware of what she was trying to do. A few of the AS men complained that their partners accused them of not listening, and claimed that their partners will say that they have told them things that they are sure they haven’t.

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