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June 24, 2008

have you experienced qualiatitive difference between your asperger pre-occupations the oc(p?)d pre-occupations? if so, would this be significant diagnostics, and in real life?

Asperger’s “special interests,” like OCPD preoccupations, are egosyntonic; while OCD obsessions and compulsions are egodystonic.

Yes. As a kid, my obsessions over, for instance, food on people’s mouths was egodystonic. It did not conform with my ego-ideal. On the other hand, my preoccupation with my websites is clearly an Asperger’s special interest and pleasurable (egosyntonic).

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