Mildly Autistic?

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I just watched this video description of autism. Then it struck me that I do think in some of the ways that she mentioned. For example, when I design a microprocessor, I simulate the entire functioning of the processor inside my head throughout the process – from the pre-design stage through to the debugging stage. I only rely on the software simulation tools to verify that my design works the way that I thought that it would. I don’t use it to find out how my design works.

I noticed the small ‘S’ first before noticing the larger letters. My colleagues at work sometimes say that I go crazy over the details. I notice detail and I pay attention to them. I cannot stand wrinkles and I just need to smoothen them out. That is the reason why I pick on so many little things. My colleagues just consider me a perfectionist.

Also, I have some real social problems – I consider myself thoroughly socially inept. Faux pas aplenty. Maybe not so mild then.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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