I see my characters in exactly the same way. I just have so many stories for them that I think about a lot, but barely ever write down or draw out because I just can't find the words, or there's too much to illustrate... They're like people in their own worlds, sort of. & I've never been formally diagnosed because I get too nervous at the doctors to properly talk about anything but I'm about 90% sure I have Aspergers. I don't really know, but I fulfill the DSM IVTR requirements for a diagnosis, anyway.
I don't have aspergers but I am "intellectually gifted", this for me brought more problems than advantages, I have been bullied and because of that I changed schools constantly causing me to not have any friends.. I think drawing in class might've been a way of avoiding communicating with other students, since I always had my schoolwork and tests finished first in class I needed something else to spend my time and that was drawing.
Now I am so glad that I don't have to attend school any more and since a few years I have become a bit more serious about making art..
I have Aspergers but I don't see why it would mean anything, I don't really consider myself an artist. I barely even recognize myself as an autistic anymore. It just doesn't cross my mind, I feel like I'm just some weird girl.
I'm on the spectrum but I can't say that I see what is it that makes people take pride in it. People seem to have a tendency to take pride in a lot of things that seems to separate themselves from others anyway. I guess that's just a weird facet of human nature.
Right now with my art, I seem to look at it as something to show my understanding. I seem to be the sort of person who is not so concerned with finding my own style but focusing on techniques and such to better get what I want. I seem to create my own style(s) doing so anyways.
Here's a challenge for ya: Live most of you life knowing you have Aspergers Syndrome. Live most of your live knowing that you are the one kid who is different than everyone else. The one kid who is looked at as the oddball, the weird kid, the kid who's special. Try living with somethign that has your brain process think "throwing a fit" is a god idea.. Then try telling me that Aspergers isn't real. Try telling me that I lived in a fantasy world, were my actions affected everyone, and was punsihed for them.
I am the one who is living in reality, not you. Leave this topic now.
they're *psychologists, and the only reason you thought it existed in the first place was because of a psychologist. it astounds me that you seem to know absolutely nothing about the very thing you're totally convinced that you have.
So did I, and I have no syndrome. I had a friend (or frienemy, whatever you may call it... someone I spent a large portion of my time around and knew well but wasn't always necessarily close to) with aspergers, as well as other friends with various mental, emotional, and physical disorders, all very, very different people with similar aspirations and interests. After spending a few years with them and with other 'normal' people who had just as many problems and aspirations in their lives I've come to realise that everybody, no matter what they were born with or weren't born with, views the world differently and can be just as creative as anyone else, given the chance. If you didn't have aspergers, you would not be defaulted to an average way of thinking.
How is it different, then? Yes, aspies tend to have great trouble in social situations -- I've read a couple books on it, and it's rather interesting. But in my opinion it's not the brain you're born with or the troubles you come across in life, but what you do with yourself to overcome those obstacles that counts. Everyone has troubles to overcome. I also believe that everyone is gifted to do something with their life: some people are born for the creative arts, some are brilliant at math, some are just happy to live a simple life of sweeping floors. It's not the aspergers that you have to be proud of, but whatever gifts of yours you discover along the way, and how you work to perfect them.