Intelligence, Special Interest, Memory
- Average to very high intelligence.
- Good verbal skills; rich vocabulary.
- Ability to absorb and retain large amounts of information, especially about topics of special interest.
- Ability to think in visual images.
- Be self-motivated, independent learners.
- Propensity to think outside the box and generate novel solutions to problems.
- Some people may show a strong aptitude for a particular field of study or topic.
- Ability (in some cases a preference) for spending time alone.
- Take an interest in arcane or off-beat fields of knowledge.
- Concentrate for long periods of time on reading, experimenting, writing,
- Avoid wasting time in some activities that appeal to neurotypical people.
- Some special interests can be channeled into productive hobbies or even careers, where the person may be creative or make new discoveries.
- Ability to notice small details of an idea, theory, number pattern, book, film, object or visual image.
- Ability to perform repetitive tasks where accuracy, rules and routine are important.
- Strong work ethic; commitment to quality and accuracy of work.
- Play with language and create puns.
- Enjoy sarcasm and satire.
- Relish life’s absurd, dark, or incongruous side.
- See through empty rhetoric or conventional pieties.
- Ability and tendency to tell the truth—even if it’s not tactful or in one’s self-interest.
- Desire and tendency to follow rules.
Desire to Connect
- Expend effort and energy to learn social skills that do not come naturally.
- Persevere in the face of rejection, confusion or frustration.
- Believe the best of everyone (sometimes naively).
- Accept quirkiness or imperfection in others, and become a loyal friend.
Fair and Just
- Tendency to be unconventional, open-minded, and tolerant.
- Intensely responsive when made aware of injustice.
- Advocate for the underdog, victims of bullying or member of an oppressed group.
- Propensity to express caring in non-traditional ways.
- Tendency to relate to and defend animals.