This comment was by Allen on the post The Badge of Asperger’s: Am I Phony? by Bryan Allan
My experience has been different from yours, but I have struggled with some of the same feelings about being phony. My perspective now is that feeling phony and being phony are two different things.
I was finally diagnosed with AD/HD in my forties, which at least helps provide some context.
Keep working on ways to reach out and try to listen to the responses you get without taking them too personally. I heard, but did not listen, to people telling me to calm down for ages before I realized that my level of just being interested in talking about something was perceived as being very intense by others.
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