Being an Autistic INFJ
by, 08-29-2011 at 07:39 PM (1421 Views)
I said this in a private message to someone who was curious about how one could have autism (which implies deep social and communication problems) and be an INFJ. This was just a brief response I gave, based on my experience:
I am very naive and find people difficult to understand, but I am highly interested in people and relationships with people. I care a lot about people and all living things, which doesn't go against autism at all. In-person I'm not good at small talk or a lot of conversations/interactions. I looked stereotypically autistic as a child, too. I have some prodigy-level abilities myself and scored in the 99.9% for IQ in my adult autism evaluation. That makes it easier to compensate. Also females with autism often put on a social mask and appear more innocent and childlike than just "weird" like the stereotype. I also have verbal difficulties (going nonverbal under stress, for instance). Introverted intuition is my strength and archetypes are a special interest of mine.