I really that different? Am I really that hard to understand or identify with?
Am I really unlovable? When you are married or in a relationship with someone
with Asperger Syndrome, you have probably asked yourself that question before.
For some reason we have a hard time shaking the belief that we are different,
difficult to understand, or even not very likeable.
Obviously there are reasons for this . . . such as the fact that living with
someone who has a deficit in the area of empathy and reciprocity can contribute
to misconceptions about ourselves. We may lose sight of our own reality and
collapse into agonizing despair and sadly we begin to believe that those
misconceptions are true.
This type of mental and emotional confusion needs powerful therapy to break
through the faulty reasoning that is a result of using NT (neurotypical) logic
to make sense of the Asperger world. Often times therapy is directed towards the Asperger spouse, but in order for the
relationship to heal and progress, therapy is necessary for both partners. If
you live in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area, please contact my office for more
information regarding effective therapy options.
You are also invited to join our upcoming Asperger
Syndrome: Partners & Family of Adults with ASD support group. We will
be discussing the theme: Are we really that different? on November 13,
My book Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome:
Going over the Edge? is also available for purchase.