Greta Thunberg Speaks Up About Asperger’s, Calls it Her Superpower

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has, in a series of tweets, responded to critics who commented on her Asperger’s diagnosis.

The 16-year-old, whose Twitter bio reads “climate activist with Asperger’s’, said,

"“When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning! I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower. #asiepower”"

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She also added, “I'm not public about my diagnosis to ‘hide’ behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an "illness", or something negative. And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before.”

What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

In an earlier article, FIT had explained,

Asperger’s is a kind of an autism spectrum disorder accompanied by social awkwardness, rigidity in behaviour, difficulty in interacting, unable to pick social cues and most importantly difficulty in expressing emotions.

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Some ways in which it affects a person are:

  • Communication becomes a struggle.
  • Difficulty in understanding non-verbal communication like body language or voice tone)
  • Average or above average intelligence
  • Depression
  • Social awkwardness

If these ring a bell, Shahrukh Khan’s character from My Name is Khan had the same developmental disorder.

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