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Something I don't talk about much, because, tbh, I'm ashamed to some degree, and afraid ppl will bully me for it as they have in the past: I'm not only #autistic, but highly #gifted. They call ppl like me "twice gifted". Twice isolated would be more like it.
I'm a National Merit Scholar. I missed 5 questions total (together worth 3 points) on my PSAT. I absorb information, especially about science and math, like a sponge. I have an IQ just shy of 140.
I also struggle to make & keep friends. My verbal IQ subscore is 40 points lower than my PIQ subscore, making it hard to communicate my thoughts. I forget names, dates, and phone numbers like I never heard them, and have trouble remembering to do basic things asked of me.
The very same person who can hold the entire structure of an AGI (artificial general intelligence) program in my head as I craft it, can't figure out when it's okay to call someone or remember what happened yesterday.
This makes the double-empathy problem even worse for me, because I'm different from other people in seemingly opposite ways at the same time. It also means I often feel isolated not only from NT social groups, but autistic social groups as well.
That's all I have to say. I just needed to get it out there. I don't like keeping secrets from people.
Okay, one more thing: I learned that people have equal value apart from their abilities back before I knew I was disabled. I learned that from having greater abilities than many people. I learned it again when I realized I lack abilities others have. We all matter.
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