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  1. Laura says:

    Thank you for posting these interesting and helpful blogs.
    What is the likelihood of a successful long term relationship between ASC and NT Individuals ?
    What features characterise the most successful relationships and are there techniques which can help develop these?

    1. arae says:

      Thank you Laura. I appreciate the feedback. The data shows that outcomes for neurodiverse relationships can be positive. Consistent with other research, my research found that when people are able to access appropriate support, that is, support from people knowledgeable in the area of AS, together with an acceptance of the diagnosis from both parties in the relationship, there is the likelihood of a positive outcome. Other factors that can improve the prospect of a positive outcome were in the areas of knowledge, awareness and learning. So important aspects that were observed to encourage promising results were: gaining neurodiversity knowledge and understanding from both parties (i.e., each learning how the other operates); the ability to apply a constructive mindset from both parties; and the motivation for both parties to learn about the needs of each and apply the information gained to their relationship. When both people are motivated to learn and grow within their relationship the potential to succeed strengthens. It is the old saying “it takes two to tango” There is more information in my thesis and this topic also will go on my list to write about further. I believe it is important for people to hear that there are positive outcomes, because we tend to hear so much negative about neurodiverse relationships. There were quite a few participants who had found the secret to positive outcomes in their relationships.
      Kind regards, Dr. Bron

  2. Lorraine Hunter says:

    As a N.T spouse, I experience bursts of anger, along with raised voice and negativity towards me for mostly unknown reasons by my Aspergers partner. There are times when anxiety is not an issue. What causes these outbursts?

    1. arae says:

      Hi Lorraine,
      Thank you for your question. There can be many different reasons for an outburst by people on the spectrum. We are all different and so there can be a multitude of different reasons for different people. However, from my research, I have found many outbursts are from being overwhelmed, especially from difficulties with communication, specifically in regard to the reciprocal and emotional elements of communication required for close relating. Processing the emotional elements of communication usually takes quite a bit longer for those on the spectrum, than it does for NTs, so responding within the, often, fast pace of interpersonal interaction can cause a lot of anxiety and an outburst from being overwhelmed or just wanting to avoid the situation, can result. In addition, a study by López‐Pérez et al. (2017), found that adults with AS engage significantly less than average in interpersonal affect improvement, which is regulation of someone else’s emotions and mood states, such as working to improve how others feel, and is a key process for appropriate interpersonal functioning. Therefore, not being concerned about what is going on for the NT, an outburst from feeling overwhelmed and wanting to escape is a frequent result. That is just a fraction of the reasons for an outburst. You can find more information in my thesis. I will also put this topic on my articles list to write an article with a bit more information.
      Kind regards, Dr. Bron

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