And do you feel you have enough support?
At the moment, yes. I mean obviously I sometimes bump into difficulties now and then, because I might misinterpret things or... but apart it, it just happens now and then when you least expect it. But apart from that, it seems, it seems okay. But I think sometimes people having an understanding might help in some way, because they might be thinking I’m weird, you know, taking things literally all the, well not all the time, but now and then, when they don’t expect me to.
Is it mostly about you being literal?
Yes, as in taking things literally but sometimes, you can tell when people are joking and sometimes not. But sometimes it’s hard like that when judging you know, whether someone’s really joking or not. That’s one of the problems I’ve bumped into quite a lot, especially at work [laugh]. Because I used to have a laugh with the guys quite a lot at work, so I’d know when they were joking quite a bit but sometimes when they were serious, I sometimes thought they were joking, which is not, which is not good [laugh].
So what would you do in that situation, would you realise at the time that could be misunderstood. Or did you realise later thinking back, or…?
Yes that’s the way I work, because I like to look back on my behaviour and replay it quite a lot in my mind and try you know, figure where I went wrong or, and when I realise I did, I try and you know, speak to someone about it, or … but yes.
Do you think sometimes maybe you didn’t get it wrong? Whether it could have been the other people?
Yes. That’s happened, yes, sometimes people tell me that I might have misread their meaning and I think I went wrong or the other way round. It’s quite a confusing circle.
Do you think you’re learning to be less literal?
I think I have over time though, yes, I understand humour, much, well much better now than I did when I was younger, because I used to, according to my reports in my diagnosis and stuff, I used to take humour literal all the time, and any… those things that people said, but now, I understand jokes really well. I think, I think you just learn over the time, different experiences.