When is a joke a joke?

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Aspies tend to take things literally.  We tend to have trouble determine if someone is being facetious or not.  Satire is another thing that occasionally goes over my head, probably why I don’t care for sites like the Onion.

We also, unfortunately, get taken advantage of quote often.  We have a tendency towards naivety.  It’s compounded by the fact that without a diagnosis, it’s hard to understand that there’s something different about how our minds work.

Even those without nefarious (such a great word) intentions can accidentally confuse someone who is autistic.

Things I have learned to do to help myself:

– if a news article or report is forwarded to me, I do my own research before ‘believing’ it.

– I ask questions if I’m not sure if someone is teasing me or not.

– I also politely ask my friends not to tease me about certain types of things which confuse me.

– I wait to laugh at a joke until other people are laughing.  Nothing worse than laughing inappropriately.

– I unfollow(online) or step back from (in the real world) people who refuse to respect the boundaries that I need in my life.

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2 thoughts on “When is a joke a joke?

  1. Casey Sheridan March 9, 2015 / 10:54 am

    First, I agree. Nefarious is a great word. 🙂
    Your list of things you do to help yourself, is a good list that everyone should adopt. Aspie or not. It’s a very common sense list.
    I try to be obvious in my goofiness with you because I think you mentioned in a previous post, or status update on FB or Twitter, that you tend to be more literal. So please feel free to send me an email with a good online slap if any of my joking around doesn’t sit well. The last think I would want to do is alienate someone I admire. 🙂

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