The most common defining characteristic of autism is a lack of social awareness and social skills. You may have difficulty making friends, talking to the opposite sex, and experience loneliness.
Many people with autism have difficulties relating to others and carrying on a conversation. There are also some behaviors associated with autism that may be considered awkward such as hand-flapping and repetition of certain words or phrases. If you are mild to high-functioning individual with autism, with enough introspection and perseverance you can overcome certain or all aspects of your autism.
A little empathy and acceptance can go a long way toward building trust and intimacy.
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One example at the extreme end of the spectrum, is Lisa Nowak.
The former NASA astronaut and married mother of three was accused earlier this year of trying to kidnap the woman who was dating Nowak's former lover, Navy Cmdr. Nowak -- who is awaiting trial -- pleaded not guilty to attempted kidnapping, battery and assault, and the defense has filed notice of intent to claim temporary insanity by citing obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, insomnia and a brief psychotic disorder.
On the other hand, individuals who are challenged with OCD suffer with never-ending doubts and indecision.
Quite often they are not able to recognize that OCD may be targeting their relationship.
Ask the input of others as to what you can improve on. The observations of others will give you an idea as to what autism-related characteristics you need to work on overcoming. Books on autism can help give you an insight into who you are and help you realize what defines you from others who do not have autism.
Two good memoirs written by people with autism are "Emergence: Labeled Autistic" by Temple Grandin and "Look Me in the Eye" by John Elder Robison.
A final book of recommendation is "Autistics' Guide to Dating: A Book By Autistics, For Autistics and Those Who Love Them or Who Are in Love with Them." This is an excellent resource for those who are on the spectrum and have difficulties approaching those of the opposite sex. Decide what aspects of your autism that you are going to overcome. If you have very few friends and want a larger circle of friends visualize yourself making friends. Write about any progress that you may have made in the day, even if progress was going up to someone you were afraid to approach and saying "hi" to them.
If you are shy when it comes to approaching people of the opposite sex, visualize yourself approaching someone of the other gender. Take a course in basic psychology or read up on psychology books.
Chuck said he wasn’t sure if he really loved his fiancée.
Yes, there were times, when he was certain he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.
"Understanding Autism for Dummies" despite the intrusive title is an excellent resource for explaining autism.