I’m pretty sure that I’m on the autistic spectrum. It’s something that literally everybody who knows me has told me at some point. I can’t maintain eye-contact. I also matured socially way, way later than most people I know, and social cues still trip me up. I also struggled through high school (despite having mostly A grades) and then crashed out of college after the second year, all while never getting help because I was supposed to be “book-smart” and “high-functioning”. I know, I know, self-diagnosis is a tricky subject, but for whatever reason, it costs a non-trivial amount of money to get a proper diagnosis from a professional (what’s up with that, anyways?)
Anyways, a few weeks into my trucking career and I realized… basically, in order to not lose your mind doing this work day in, day out, you have to be a nerd for geometry puzzles. If you find figuring out all the angles in tight backs to be mentally stimulating and not maddening every single time, then you’re going to last.
I wonder if that’s why we’re stereotyped as “anti-social” and “weird”? Starting to wonder if there’s any merit to my theory that a significant percentage of people in this line of work are un/under-diagnosed people on the autistic spectrum, like me.
ETA: not to mention the ability to hyper-focus, which is associated with people on the spectrum, comes in handy too.
Turns out trucking is an underrated job for autistic people?
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Thrasher28 Light Load Member
- Aug 12, 2021
I may or may not be on the spectrum. My dad is, so odds are pretty high. Main traits I have are hyper focus for basically unlimited amounts of time and EXTREMELY introverted. Luckily, I learned with age how to socialize and fit in when needed, but I definitely thrive on my own. Pretty good combination for trucking.
If I didn’t care about seeing family and maintaining the friendships/relationships I have, I’d be perfectly happy being in a truck for 6 months straight. Usually only takes me about 3 days at home to get burnt out and want to be in the truck. Getting paid to traverse the country AND have minimal interactions with people? That’s my dream that I get to live. I enjoy it enough that I still choose to stay OTR even when there’s LTL jobs I could easily get that would pay more and get me home everyday.Another Canadian driver, Space Truckin, Oakland Raiders Forever and 2 others Thank this.
If :autism is a spectrum
Then: different jobs will have varying suitability for those people more and less affected by it.
Run this back to prehistory.
Is a hunter better or worse for having hyper-focus on the task at hand?
Would a socially awkward individual be ideally suited to be the chief in a tribe.
Youre just (re)discovering truisms about life and the messiness that biology contributes to human society.
Its similar to the add, adhd blah blah stuff. These things have existed throughout human history, always will, the label is unimportant, what you do with the information can be useful... or used as a crutch.
If a development (or trait) was so deleterious to survival, it was eradicated long ago (yes evolution) though in the modern era nearly everyone has SOME attributes that are not as "productive" as they may earlier have beenAnother Canadian driver, Space Truckin, gentleroger and 3 others Thank this.
That and treatment and govt programs that provide financial assistance to people who can’t or won’t work are very recent .
Like in the last 50 years .
before that , you worked or you didn’t eat .
And you found a job that was suited to your personality , or you figured out a way to deal with it .
Im glad you’ve found a job that fits you.
it took me several tries to find a job that suited my personality
I like machinery much better than I like people .Last edited: Jan 21, 2023
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bryan21384 Road Train Member
- Sep 18, 2009
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Anybody see any signs of Asperger's Syndrome? I think it's very common and in a lot of cases it's never correctly diagnosed.
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As for the social graces of truckers, I take it none of you spent much time in the agriculture community, ever go to a farm auction?
What most of you describe in probably Asperger’s. My wife and I raised a son that was afflicted with Autism, stopped smiling after early childhood vaccination, stemming, smearing, self injurious, non-verbal, the whole nine yards.Another Canadian driver and REO6205 Thank this.
@Lazer ....I go to the livestock auction pretty often and a farm equipment auction whenever there's one within driving distance
I don't see the correlation between Asperger's and auctions.
Brettj3876 Road Train Member
- Nov 18, 2014
Elon musk is on the spectrum
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