How autistic are you?
On most days, probably 95 or more out of 100, I convince myself that I not only appear normal but that I am "normal" — or as normal as anyone else I know. But, on the difficult days or even during the difficult hours, I know I'm different.
Recently, a colleague posted links to Facebook for two online "personality tests" that supposedly measure autistic traits. I've taken both before, and I recall the ASQ score was 42. But, I was curious and answered the questionnaires again.
If you believe such things (and I question their validity), the answer to how autistic I am… very.
As for the ASQ, my score has risen from 42 to 44. I suppose am more of a loner than I was two or three years ago. After my last employment experience, that's not surprising. Thankfully, I love my new job and I am increasingly engaged with coworkers and my students.
I realize I could post various reports from experts and people would still question if the "Autistic Me" is written by an authentic autistic person. The answer is simple: the blog is written by me. Whatever that means.