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November 11, 2007

November 11, 2007

I am 51 years old and a life-long bachelor. Although I have been engaged once or twice (second one is debatable), neither of those relationships ended in marriage. At this point in my life, I am content to remain single.

Interestingly, my sister (and only sibling), who will turn 48 next month, has also never been married. However, she is not on the spectrum. (She has ADHD-I.) On the other hand, she has almost always had a boyfriend.

I am kind to the people in my life, but I simply have never been able to develop the social skills required for a long-term relationship. The strange part is that I have taught the course, Marriage and Family, numerous times. Intellectually, I know how to develop a good emotional relationship with women, but I never seem to be able to put my knowledge into practice.

IMO, if there is a next step in our social and cultural evolution, it should be an embracing of our neurodiversity.

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