Literally Speaking

When I discovered Aspergers I realised that most of the common symptoms matched me to some degree. One that I’m undecided on is taking things literally.

For years I have “intentionally misheard” as a prompt for a joke. I know what was said. I reacted accordingly after the joke. In light of the Aspergers thing I revisited that assumption.

I then thought that my brain had worked out a coping strategy for that very symptom. Perhaps my brain automatically symphons off that urge via humour. If I resist the joke, then what?

At work I think I found out what. In this case it wasn’t resisting the joke, more being stressed at going into a large group activity for several hours to deal with what I consider frivolous stuff.

As we entered, one of the managers was handing out tickets to everyone, to pick teams for part of the activity. In an effort to make it fun she played the “you’re not allowed a seat without a ticket” game. No matter how my logical brain knew it was all in fun, it put me into a “how dare you? I don’t think so” mood. This start fixated me the whole evening.

I can no longer honestly say that I don’t take some things literally.


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