Personality Type and Asperger's Syndrome

The diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome may sometimes be a misinterpretation of a personality type of ISTP or INTP, according to researcher Robert G. Chester in an article published in the Journal of Psychological Type. Many of the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome, including a preference for solitude, visual and intuitive thinking, and a critical and objective communication style, are similar to characteristics of normal type development among ISTPs and INTPs.

The author also notes that mothers who are ENFJs or ESFJs may find their ISTP and INTP children particularly difficult to understand, which may lead to the children being labeled with a diagnosis of Asperger's disorder. Although Chester found no evidence that Asperger's syndrome is not a valid diagnosis, the syndrome may in some cases be confused with the normal personality traits of INTP and ISTP types.


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Angie Davidson (not verified) says...

This makes sense. I have taken the evaluation tests for Asperger's and have scored really high on the markers, though I have not been diagnosed with autism. As an INTP, I spend a lot of time in my own head and can be socially awkward at times due to my differences in communication (can be overly critical, too intense, etc.) Would like to see more studies done on this in the future. Thanks for the info and name of the publication.

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