Is Anglophilia common for people on the spectrum?

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25 Feb 2023, 3:42 pm

I am American. Never even set foot in the UK. Yet from the time I was in middle school, I've been an Anglophile.

Then my brother has an Anglophile coworker on the spectrum.

I know this is only a sample size of two. But I still wonder if it means something. Most Americans I come across are either hostile or indifferent toward England/the UK (and yes, I know there's more to the UK than England). Yet the only other Anglophile American I've known of (other than myself) is also on the spectrum? Sounds like too much of a coincidence. Perhaps it's indicative of a larger pattern?



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25 Feb 2023, 3:58 pm

It's because most people on the spectrum love everyone instead of having their own personal critical opinions.


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25 Feb 2023, 5:56 pm

I'm not sure, but I am, even if there's a lot more things I'm critical of.


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26 Feb 2023, 12:16 am

I have taught and known many teenage students with ASDs here in Australia. I haven't known any Anglophiles but quite a few have shown a strong interest in Japanese language and culture. I have also known several who have spoken with distinctively American accents, even though they have never visited the USA.



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26 Feb 2023, 1:29 am

My impression is that a lot of Americans and Canadians are Anglophiles? Not just people on the spectrum



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26 Feb 2023, 8:53 am

I've known some Americans who were Anglophiles but didn't seem autistic.



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26 Feb 2023, 9:04 am

I don't know why this thread is in the haven. Is it a sensitive topic?


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26 Feb 2023, 11:20 am

I’ve always been interested in the UK , probably because one grandfather was from Devon.I enjoy the tv shows.
Did a lot of genealogy on family history there.
I would love to travel there and see the gardens and old castles but that most likely will never happen.


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26 Feb 2023, 1:07 pm

cyberdad wrote:
My impression is that a lot of Americans and Canadians are Anglophiles? Not just people on the spectrum


I'm not able to speak for Canadians.

From what I've seen, very few Americans are Anglophiles. My 2 theories for why I rarely hear Americans saying anything positive about Britain:

1. The Revolutionary War
2. American media portrays Brits in a negative light



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26 Feb 2023, 1:11 pm

Misslizard wrote:
I’ve always been interested in the UK , probably because one grandfather was from Devon.I enjoy the tv shows.
Did a lot of genealogy on family history there.
I would love to travel there and see the gardens and old castles but that most likely will never happen.


I have ancestry in the UK too. Yet so do a lot of Americans. I've even heard Americans with an obviously British last name badmouth Britain.

Personally, I would love to visit too. But the thought of the long plane ride scares me away (Not that I'm afraid of airplanes; I just don't want to deal with the jet lag)

Being in a different country/culture, in all honesty, keeps me at bay too. I know I say I'm an Anglophile. But being born and bred American, I feel my cultural differences might get in the way if I were to visit the UK. I probably unknowingly do things that are faux pas in Britain.

In other words, I like to admire Britain from a distance.



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26 Feb 2023, 1:13 pm

babybird wrote:
I don't know why this thread is in the haven. Is it a sensitive topic?


I wouldn't call it a sensitive topic. I just couldn't think of where else to put it.



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26 Feb 2023, 1:16 pm

There's very little you can do that's a faux pas in Britain...(except being autistic)



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26 Feb 2023, 1:16 pm

SkinnyElephant wrote:
babybird wrote:
I don't know why this thread is in the haven. Is it a sensitive topic?


I wouldn't call it a sensitive topic. I just couldn't think of where else to put it.


Well I'm not the boss so you don't have to answer to me :D


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26 Feb 2023, 1:45 pm

I want one of those three tiered trays with all the little sandwiches and cakes on it served in a nice garden.


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26 Feb 2023, 1:47 pm

Misslizard wrote:
I want one of those three tiered trays with all the little sandwiches and cakes on it served in a nice garden.


:lol: I'm happy with just the cakes me


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26 Feb 2023, 1:50 pm

Then I want to go in a pub with a real fireplace and music.With a Labrador dog laying in front of the fire.


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