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.

Molly Owens

Molly Owens is the founder and CEO of Truity. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a master's degree in counseling psychology. She began working with personality assessments in 2006, and in 2012 founded Truity with the goal of making robust, scientifically validated assessments more accessible and user-friendly.

Molly is an ENTP and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she enjoys elaborate cooking projects, murder mysteries, and exploring with her husband and son.

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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.

Robert Chester (INTJ) (not verified) says...

Angie,

The full paper is posted at http://vixra.org/abs/1901.0136.

Tracy L Lehane (not verified) says...

If you have a qualified professional making the diagnosis, they know the difference between being an introvert and having autism. Asperger's is a lot more than being introverted and a lot more than what's on the MTBI test.

Tracy L Lehane (not verified) says...

If you have a qualified professional making the diagnosis, they will know the difference between being an introvert and having autism. A lot more goes into a diagnosis of autism,than a personality quiz.

Cheyenne Oliver (not verified) says...

Professionals can sometimes be wrong, too. They're only human and can make mistakes.

Lunarious (not verified) says...

Asperger's and Autism undergoes more problems than simply Introverts. Whereas introverts supposedly can but don't want to socialize alot. Asperger's want to socialize but can' alot. Little, like now (for me). 
 

Like me for example, I'm banned online and offline ... I don't cut myself, but to avoid this boredom I might take up school and "accept" it, thus "cutting myself" - to avoid loneliness.

Colin Newman (not verified) says...

I would like to point out, that INTP's and ISTP's are not the only ones to test as being on the spectrum. I myself test as an ENTJ even when evalutating my cognitive functions. There is no shadow of the doubt that I have Aspergers syndrome.

Gillian C (not verified) says...

I agree that many people diagnosed  with Asperger's  a (like myself) reflect a personality type. Experts can be wrong: there are trends in psychology, as in all scientific research and social understandings of what constitutes normal and abnormal behaviour. This is not a lack of insight but to remember that a few hundred years ago, witches were considered abnormal, and a few decades ago, homosexuality was deemed an illness.

hesperus (not verified) says...

I agree with the others that we (aspies) can show up as a number of different personality types on these tests. I find that I can more or less control the test to achieve whatever outcome I want, but I usually don't bother. It's not that different from the thousands of decisions we have to take during almost every human interaction to simulate neuro-typical people.

Lunarious (not verified) says...

I get banned online and offline for not wanting to lie as Aspie.

Ulla98 (not verified) says...

I am INFJ. My husband is ISTP. It was suggested to me that he has Aspergers, based on our relationship, and that seemed possible, but honestly, I think just the differences between INFJ and ISTP might account for my perceptions.

Lunarious (not verified) says...

I just "think":

 

NFJ are like; "think fast! Look up!" ....While STP are thinking slow, are looking down as on a microscope or what thei're working on and thus "Bowing and Prostating" aka looking down. For example looking down on a book, Ti wise.

Imam Ali says knowledge makes Humbel.

Claire K (not verified) says...

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if someone is diagnosed with being on the autism spectrum (note: people are no longer diagnosed with aspergers), which is extremely difficult to get done and highly inaccessible for most people, it is probably more likely that (ie. the actual psychological diagnosis) than one's MBTI diagnosis, which has no actual psychological basis. 

Charl (not verified) says...

It is strange, as I've got like 58 percent in Extraverted, and 50 percent in feelings and thinking. And I myself have Asperger's/High-Functioning Autism. Although, when I first took the test as a child, I've got strong INTP/INTJ results the whole time. Seems like personalities does not stay the same always.

GhK (not verified) says...

And then there are people like my mom who are clearly both autistic and INTP. But she's one of many INTPs in the family, most of whom aren't autistic. So be careful not to go the opposite route and fail to diagnose actual autistic IxTPs.

RayZ11 (not verified) says...

Why is this article talking about Aspergers/autism like it is an illness? Its a brain pattern. What would be the difference if someone has autism and got a personality type? Are you saying that people on the spectrum don't have a personality type? If someone on the spectrum is an INTP then thats their personality type.

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