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.