I have detected a second slightly autistic person in my environment!
There have occasionally been puzzling questions, comments, actions and jumps to conclusions as well as a definite rigidity.
The person in question had actually indicated something along those lines, two years ago or so, as a remark from his ex. I didn’t think that it was accurate.
However, I recently started seeing similarities with the autistic friend who I have known for decades. (Since 1982.)
Now everything is clicking into place.
Appearing to be very even-tempered, emotional overwhelm usually remains hidden but gets expressed as baffling actions and changes in decisions that can even cause quite a problems for others.
The rigid attachment to some ideas can come across as forgetfulness, but that is not what it is in this case.
I am seeing too literal interpretations and the lack of perception of there being a judgement attached to some words, missing the emotional context of some expressions, and not always realizing when a remark is intended as a joke.
It really helps to recognize and understand this and then to be able to take it into account.
I actually remember the first time I spoke to this person… because his response was strange. I didn’t know what to make of it.
It’s all making me smile now.
Live and learn.