Helen (heleninwales) wrote,
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I gave up, so I will never know

This started out as a comment to an LJ friend's post about the Aspergers questionnaire, but it grew.

Um... What does it mean when you give up half way through the quiz because you're finding the questions unanswerable? There were too many "or" questions where I could say "yes" to one half but a definite "no" to the other. For instance the one about "Do you collect things, like arranging objects or making lists and diagrams?" I really have no interest in collecting things, I don't arrange them and never have, but I'm incessantly making lists and like to diagram things if possible, including novels. To me they don't go together. The urge to collect and the urge to try to bring order to one's life by listing what needs to be done are not the same.

And this might sound stupid, but I don't know what my eye colour is. Also there was the bit about squinting. Well I have a squint, always have had, but it's corrected by glasses. So do I squint or don't I? It's a purely physical thing. Also my poor eyesight in my right eye means that I don't have binocular vision and can't judge heights and distances as well as others, though I've learned ways to compensate.

Some examples of questions I found impossible to answer:

1. Do you notice small sounds that others don't... I don't think so. But what do you mean by "notice"? I often notice a sound, analyse it, realise what it is and then ignore it from then on if it's harmless. So how do I know whether others have noticed it or not? I showed no sign of having noticed it, if it didn't merit a comment. Presumably others may have noticed too but decided not to comment too.

...and feel pained by loud or irritating noise? Yes, doesn't everyone?

6. Do you blink or roll your eyes? Perhaps I'm being stupid here, but everyone blinks. How can I say I don't blink? But I don't roll my eyes, except when doing it as a deliberate, "Oh, God, here we go again!" sort of expression. So I do sometimes roll my eyes, but do they mean involuntarily?

56. Do you feel stress, panic or have a brain malfunction in unfamiliar or demanding situations? How unfamiliar and how demanding? Stress and even panic are natural in stressful situations. For example, I definitely felt stressed when stuck at O'Hare airport, delayed for over an hour. I had never travelled so far before and I was alone and tired. But I didn't panic or have a "brain malfunction". So do I answer "yes" or "no". Some precise examples of situations would be good here to show what the researcher means by "unfamiliar and demanding".

So I just gave up.

Am I being over analytical of the questions?
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