characterized by their lack of communication skills, social skills and
reciprocity of feelings. The Aspie knows what they think and feel but
are often unaware of what others think or feel. With a deficiency in
these critical areas, some have wondered how someone with Asperger’s
develops an intimate relationship or even gets married.
answer is simple, Aspies and NT’s (someone not on the autism spectrum)
choose partners much the same way as do all human beings. We are
attracted physically and intellectually and emotionally. We may enjoy
the similarities for the comfort and the differences for the spice!
also unconsciously seek mates who have qualities we lack. An AS person
may be attracted to a strong, intelligent, compassionate NT who can
handle the social world for them. The NT may be attracted to the
unconventional nature and child-like charm of the AS adult. They may
sense that the Aspie will allow the NT his or her independence. It is
only later that they learn their AS partner is quite conservative in
relating. Instead of supporting independence, the NT spouse realizes
that his or her AS mate is just not aware of (and even disinterested)
the NT’s interests. The Aspie’s attention is narrowly focused on her or
his own interests.
But it is important to remember that Aspies do
love. They just love in a different way. The marriage will be trying,
but there are things that can be done to help the relationship. If you
are in a marriage with someone with Asperger Syndrome and want that
marriage to succeed, you must learn how to understand your partner.
My book, Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going Over the Edge?,
was written specifically with the NT spouse in mind, but it can also be
beneficial for the Aspie spouse. After reading the book, my hope is
that readers can more clearly look at their own situations and, based on
the ideas in this book, take the necessary steps to live happier, more
full-filled lives. Going Over the Edge is available for purchase or download a free sample chapter.
For more on Asperger Syndrome, visit Asperger Syndrome Frequently Asked Questions.