Mind of a child or logic of an adult?



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05 Nov 2011, 2:56 pm

Do you have the mind of a child or the logic of an adult? Basically, are you more child-like and immature or are you more adult-like and more serious and mature? I know most people with autism who have different minds that act differently than most non-autistics.

So that's why Iwas wondering. :D

For me, I have a mind that is more child-like and immature. I have meltdowns but I also have massive temper tantrums when things don't go my way or when I want something but can't have it. It's more autism-like because I have the mind of a child but the writing and reading ability of an adult.

I guess for me it could be a little mixed but most of the time I am more child-like and immature. I enjoy more childish things too like Pokemon, Spongebob, Little Bear and Franklin... those kind of things. I don't ever feel bothered by watching things geared towards kids or anything.


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05 Nov 2011, 3:09 pm

I'm more mature than my peers about logical issues, but my own personal interests and social awkwardness make me seem less mature.



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05 Nov 2011, 3:10 pm

Both. I have traits that are typically associated with childhood, and traits typically associated with adulthood.

I have meltdowns and shutdowns, and react irrationally to unexpected changes. But I am also quite self-aware, understand how I react, and have learned how to deal with those problems and how to avoid embarrassing myself or hurting anyone.

Maybe it's best to just discard the idea of being either a child or an adult--after all, an autistic adult is not a child, however many traits s/he has that are typically associated with children...


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05 Nov 2011, 3:32 pm

I have a normal IQ so that would be adult. Don't confuse mind of a child with emotional and social development, mind of a child means your IQ so if you were to say you have a mind of a child, you are telling everyone you have mental retardation.



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05 Nov 2011, 3:39 pm

I use adult logic when doing important everyday tasks, but emotionally and socially I act like a kid.



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05 Nov 2011, 3:39 pm

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05 Nov 2011, 3:43 pm

League_Girl wrote:
I have a normal IQ so that would be adult. Don't confuse mind of a child with emotional and social development, mind of a child means your IQ so if you were to say you have a mind of a child, you are telling everyone you have mental retardation.


Actually, one could interpret it another way. To me the mind of a child is carefree, impulsive, not knowledgeable on common sense. IQ also means diddly squat on the autism spectrum.

And the logic of an adult makes no sense to me because adults usually act on their emotions, at least the ones I know. I always look at a problem rationally and act on the logic rather than the emotion. I can get emotional about something but it doesn't overtake me.

As for acting mature...yes I would say that is me and some times there is child-like behaviour. I think it's important to not let that go. Although I tend to go back to it when I'm mentally drained.


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05 Nov 2011, 3:44 pm

I am childlike in some ways and mature in others. When it comes to my special interests and my relationships with other people (particularly my mom), I behave much like a child. But I have also been told that I am very insightful and wise beyond my years.



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05 Nov 2011, 3:49 pm

pensieve wrote:
League_Girl wrote:
I have a normal IQ so that would be adult. Don't confuse mind of a child with emotional and social development, mind of a child means your IQ so if you were to say you have a mind of a child, you are telling everyone you have mental retardation.


Actually, one could interpret it another way. To me the mind of a child is carefree, impulsive, not knowledgeable on common sense. IQ also means diddly squat on the autism spectrum.

And the logic of an adult makes no sense to me because adults usually act on their emotions, at least the ones I know. I always look at a problem rationally and act on the logic rather than the emotion. I can get emotional about something but it doesn't overtake me.

As for acting mature...yes I would say that is me and some times there is child-like behaviour. I think it's important to not let that go. Although I tend to go back to it when I'm mentally drained.
I think it's awesome to be able to keep some of those child-like behaviors around as an adult.



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05 Nov 2011, 5:40 pm

Unfortunately I'd say I'm kinda like... a smartass kid.



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05 Nov 2011, 5:57 pm

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05 Nov 2011, 7:42 pm

League_Girl wrote:
I have a normal IQ so that would be adult. Don't confuse mind of a child with emotional and social development, mind of a child means your IQ so if you were to say you have a mind of a child, you are telling everyone you have mental retardation.


But I do have the mind of a child. I actually have a low IQ... of about 70 to 80... that's low for someone who's 23 years old.


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05 Nov 2011, 8:01 pm

Both. When it comes to important documents or computer stuff everyone always has me do that for them because they know that I will be quick & thorough. Otherwise I'm immature. The teens in my extended family scare the hell out of me (in a social way).



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05 Nov 2011, 8:07 pm

Angel_ryan wrote:
I'm more mature than my peers about logical issues, but my own personal interests and social awkwardness make me seem less mature.


I have always been more mature than those my age, however my social skills lead people to believe that I am younger than I am. There is an enormous gap between what is going on inside my head and the way that I present myself on the outside. It can be very frustrating.



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05 Nov 2011, 8:09 pm

iheartmegahitt wrote:
League_Girl wrote:
I have a normal IQ so that would be adult. Don't confuse mind of a child with emotional and social development, mind of a child means your IQ so if you were to say you have a mind of a child, you are telling everyone you have mental retardation.


But I do have the mind of a child. I actually have a low IQ... of about 70 to 80... that's low for someone who's 23 years old.
There is no average IQ you're supposed to have as a 23-year old. Having an IQ of 70 to 80 when you're 23 doesn't say anything about whether you have the mind of a child or adult! It's your actions that most people see, not a number. Telling others that you have the mind of a child does not mean you're telling others, "I'm mentally retarded". IQ and actions are two different things!



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