“Pathological Truth-Tellers” / Asperger’s

Asperger: The HypoSocial Human

What’s the take-away for Asperger people? Want to pass as normal? Learn to lie really well.

Some people, called pathological liars, utter untruths constantly and for no clear reason. Their behavior confounds scientists and themselves.  “Pathological liars have a pattern of frequent, repeated and excessive lies or lying behavior for which there is no apparent benefit or gain for the liar,” said Charles Dike, clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are those rare individuals who might be described as “pathological truth-tellers.” These people forego socially convenient and appropriate fibs to speak the unvarnished, upsetting truth. (Why is truth always assumed to be negative? Is every neurotypical terrified of reality?)

Intriguingly, this “lying handicap” is a common feature of the developmental disorder Asperger’s Syndrome. “People with Asperger’s have a tendency to be very blunt and direct — they can be honest to a fault,”…

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