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Black and White Thinking

Posted by Admin on November 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

A lot of people tend to believe that people on the spectrum can only think in "black and white".  That there is no room for a "gray" area.  Maybe some people on the spectrum are like that.  I can't speak for everyone.  But I see things differently.  It's not that I CAN'T think in "gray" terms, it's that I don't KNOW there are "gray" areas. 

Imagine if when you were growing up, you were taught that the colors green and yellow were the same color.  So when you are driving, all you see are the "stop" and "go" colors.  There is no such thing as a "slow" color, because you have been taught that it is the same color as "go" (Slow is yellow, go is green....but you have been taught that the two colors have the same meaning.)  Now, after years of knowing only the stop or go, someone asks you why you don't slow down.  Why don't you see that "gray" area?  It's not because you can't.  It's because you never knew it existed.  What is this "slow" color that they are talking about?  You never heard of it that way. 

It's not that I CAN'T see the "gray" area.  Sometimes, I just don't know that it's there.  Or maybe I just don't know specifics, like at what speed am I considered to be going "slow"?  So don't get mad at me for not seeing it.  Just teach me about it!

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Reply blackwatertown
7:42 PM on November 17, 2013 
I like your blog and this interesting post about gray areas.

Would you consider reading and possibly even sharing this post - http://wp.me/pDjed-1ES about a boy with Aspergers trying to get to Christmas no1 in the music charts in the UK?

Reply Angel the Alien
8:39 PM on November 17, 2013 
That is a good way of putting it! Other people may be able to see the gray area naturally, and just assume if we don't see it too we are incapable of seeing it, but we may just need it pointed out to us!
Reply AJMercier
10:57 AM on March 22, 2014 
I have Aspergers and I can understand and get what you wrote.