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Intellectual Aspies

February 23, 2008

I have suspected that the reason why some aspies become “intellectuals” or give the appearance of being geniuses is due to positive and negative reinforcement. For instance, I was socially inept as a child and teen (less so now). However, I found that, when I discussed intellectual subjects, people payed attention to me, asked me questions, complimented me, etc. In retrospect, that played a significant role in my decision to become a college professor. Combined with my aspie tendency to be somewhat pedantic anyway, it was something I could do well.

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