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Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre have created the Autism-Spectrum Quotient, or AQ, as a measure of the extent of autistic traits in adults. In the first major trial using the test, the average score in the control group was 16.4. Eighty percent of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher. The test is not a means for making a diagnosis, however, and many who score above 32 and even meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger’s report no difficulty functioning in their everyday lives.

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So, anyway, with everything noted and a few things not, I happened upon this quiz (through referral) and scored the above five scores. I was in denial for awhile, but reconnected with my biological father who has been diagnosed with having Asperger’s Disorder by his mother’s friend, who is a registered Psychologist, and his brother who is a general physician and practitioner of doctoral medicine. I realize now that it is highly probably for me to have Asperger’s Disorder or Autism, but I also realize that I am financially unable to afford a private consultation with a licensed practitioner. I am curious if there is any way I might be able to contact one free of charge? I am not certain, because I am aware that many people establish there own firms with the intent on covering the overhead and overall expenses associated with their occupation.


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There have been a great many psychological studies of people whoadhere to extremistbelief systems. Unfortunately, most of these studies have relied onsuperficial questionnaireinstruments, such as scales of the "authoritarian personality," thathave been shown to haveserious methodological flaws (Martin, 2001). More insight has come fromstudies that useprojective psychological tests and qualitative interviews. Rothman andLichter (1982) usedprojective tests to probe the unconscious minds of New Left activistsin the United States. Theyfound them to be characterized by weakened self-esteem, injurednarcissism and paranoidtendencies. The tests showed that many activists were motivated by apreoccupation with powerwhich attracted them to ideologies that answered their doubts andoffered clear and unambiguousanswers to their problems. Similar traits were found in studies of WestGerman terrorists (Kellen,1998), Italian radical youth (Ferracuti and Bruno, 1981), and membersof the Shining Pathmovement in Peru (Cáceres, 1989). The findings of these andsimilar studies are summarized wellby Post (2001):