Would you find it difficult to share what you enjoy?

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17 Sep 2020, 11:57 am

Checkbox wrote:
I know that there are some people with autism who really enjoy sharing their specific interests with others.
I am not one of those people at all.


Yes, I have difficulty talking with other people about the things I find interesting and which take up my time. The main issue is that my default is 'flat reporting'. I don't normally describe things in a way that create emotions in the listener.

I remember taking a toy dump truck to show-and-tell and being confused about the reactions I got. In junior high school we had to write a paper about our favorite TV show. I loved the A-Team (I'm dating myself), but it was not popular with my classmates, so I was afraid to write about it and had trouble explaining why I liked it. But I do remember excitedly telling my parents, with great conviction, about events in a Final Fantasy game, so maybe I am good at talking about this when I'm not afraid.

Now I'm learning how to connect the thing to the listener to make my interest reliant to them.

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18 Sep 2020, 10:46 pm

I always find it difficult to share what I enjoy. I can't stand talking or writing about myself. I have a lot of special interests, anxieties, and other personality traits I know people will find very off-putting based on my life experiences and what I know about "normal" human behavior.

I have learned to stick to topics regarding things I know are mainstream, popular, and work for certain situations. I will think back to all of things I like and done in the past which will be likely seen as agreeable and I start talking about those. If the other person or people I am talking to happen to bring up something unique I like too or are asking questions about particular topics I know something about I will jump in with my own answers and opinions.



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19 Sep 2020, 12:58 pm

It really depends, but yes I can be like this. Sometimes I am a chatterbox and you can't shut me up, but other times I am in power saving mode, as I have not gained a lot from what I am doing so it is harder to share. With other people I BS as I don't want to bore them on systems theory, economics, trading, and some politics , but maybe travel a bit. As of late I have honestly not been up to much and online communities have been dead so it is hard to find things to get excited about.



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23 Sep 2020, 4:36 pm

I'd like to talk more about my interests, but can't find many people who share them offline. Some things like music are more-or-less relatable, but other topics like lysosomal storage diseases are often odd or uncomfortable.



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23 Sep 2020, 5:15 pm

DeathParty wrote:
but other topics like lysosomal storage diseases are often odd or uncomfortable.

What causes your interest in them?


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