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22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's Syndrome

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Although having Asperger Syndrome (AS) can make romantic relations difficult, having a fulfilling relationship with an Asperger man is certainly not impossible. A woman in love with a man with AS may interpret his difficulties with communication and socialization as a lack of interest in the relationship. He may vacillate between being gentle and caring to seeming cold and distant. She may find his behaviour hard to understand, resulting in feelings of loneliness, isolation, and confusion. This book shows how to overcome these difficulties and maintain a loving relationship with an AS partner. From an unwillingness to show affection in public or even sleep in the same bed to problems holding down a job, this book looks at 22 common traits that women may discover when they are dating, living with or married to a man with Asperger's Syndrome. Rudy Simone explores the complications of Asperger's relationships with honesty and understanding, drawing on research and personal experience to inform and advise women with AS partners. She offers helpful tips for improving the relationship and finding fulfilment both individually and as a couple. This book will help women to understand the male Asperger's mind and, equally, it can help men with AS to see things from their partner's perspective. It will also be of interest to counsellors working with couples where one partner has Asperger's Syndrome.

112 pages

First published May 15, 2009

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788 reviews22 followers
January 21, 2010
This is a thin volume, and I was very pleased to get hold of it as I had read wonderful reviews, the comment that the book was positive being the clincher for me.

I found the book almost horrifyingly negative, and also, worse, stereotypical. The point is made at the beginning that not everyone who has AS has the same difficulties, but almost in the next sentence, there are a list of things "all problematic for a person with AS." I almost closed the book then, as the person I am reading the book about does not have a problem with one of the things on that list. It wasn't just the AS men who were pigeon holed, I was constantly riled by reading what kind of woman I must be to have got into a relationship with an AS man.

Actually, many of the things described do not fit my man. Maybe he is not AS. Many of them do fit me. Maybe I am AS. Or maybe the book is so vague it is useless.

There is one quote from this book "People with AS are often brilliant in some respects" that I expected to see delved deeper into, as this book was supposedly so "positive". I wanted to know what these brilliant attributes were supposed to be. I still do - they were never mentioned again.
Profile Image for Kerry Woodward.
8 reviews1 follower
September 16, 2011
Excellent book. Being married to an Aspie I could completely relate to this book. It's made me realise i'm not going insane afterall!
Profile Image for Allura Maison.
3 reviews32 followers
November 7, 2020
Negative and depressing

Depressing read, makes you want to not bother at all with Asperger male. I came looking for practical solutions and the entire books harps on about making yourself small and compromising to suit that partner. Your whole
Life is designed around one persons reality or perceptions of. No thanks.
Profile Image for Wendy Mueller.
5 reviews3 followers
January 1, 2012
This book literally saved my marriage. So many of the things that I thought my husband did just out of spite were actually clear symptoms of Asperger's. I wish I had found this book 10 years ago.
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10 reviews1 follower
August 24, 2016
I read this book for ideas in working with my dad in social situations and in loving him in the best way possible as he is on the spectrum. (I realize it's for romantic couples but figured I could take what I could use and discard the rest)

I found this book an enabling list of "it's okay he treats you like a jerk. He is on the spectrum so he can't help the abusive behavior " I understand people who experience asd struggle in many ways. My dad was a single parent so I know no other parent than one with asd. But abuse is abuse.
Profile Image for Marta Duda-Gryc.
548 reviews41 followers
May 22, 2017
Niewielkie rozmiary książki usprawiedliwiają skrótowe przedstawienie problemów, jakie mogą napotkać na swojej drodze osoby mające do czynienia na co dzień z bliską osobą z zespołem Aspergera. Książka omawia po kolei rozmaite, bardzo konkretne kwestie związane z życiem z osobą z ZA (partnerem romantycznym, ale nie tylko - przydatna może być każdemu, kto ma w rodzinie lub wśród bliskich znajomych aspiego) w prosty, rzeczowy, szczery do bólu (dosłownie), a niekiedy zabawny sposób, dobrze oddany w przekładzie (ukłony dla tłumaczki).
Znalazłam w niej wiele wartościowych uwag; niektóre potwierdziły moje własne spostrzeżenia, inne odsłoniły przede mną możliwe przyczyny pewnych zachowań u dwóch osób z ZA, które znam. Naturalnie nie wszystkie zachowania i nie wszystkie wskazówki zawarte w publikacji można przypisać każdej osobie z ZA, o czym autorka zresztą szczerze pisze i nie wolno sięgać po książkę w nadziei, że rozwiąże nasze wszystkie wątpliwości. Pochwała przed frontem dla Rudy Simone za przypominanie do znudzenia, że są to wskazówki oparte na wybranych badaniach i jej osobistych doświadczeniach oraz że zawsze niezbędna jest wizyta u dobrego, sprawdzonego specjalisty i zdiagnozowanie osoby, której zachowanie wskazuje na zespół Aspergera - bo nie wolno opierać się na samych poradnikach i testach internetowych. Dużo gwiazdek za tę rzetelność autorską.
May 18, 2022
It's an interesting premise, but it unfortunately falls a bit flat and misses the mark on quite a few points in my opinion. The author comes off a bit pessimistic, harsh and disrespectful at times, but at the same time you can see where this might be coming from.

As an autistic man myself, I did enjoy reading this book and it did raise a few valid points in my mind in regards to my marriage. It's interesting to hear about potential shortcomings from an external point of view.

I did not however appreciate a few other points which I found to be generally false or condescending. Things like "he will take you and the relationship for granted", "just as the relationship progresses, he might get bored", "[some autistic men] knew they were being cruel but didn't care, suggesting a certain emotional detachedness", "stop calling him entirely to make him intrigued", "his moral compass won't always point north", "aspies are good liars", "they may blame you for something that is their own fault just because you are there", "he will put himself first", that an autistic man may feel ineffectual in times of crisis and think "why bother?" and not support you, "he will not care about the things you do without him"... you get the idea.

A strange and conflicting read, but an interesting and still a useful read that I would recommend, only with a few caveats. Decent food for thoughts, but to be taken with a healthy grain of salt.
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102 reviews
August 28, 2020
This was a great book to read and very reflective of what I’m experiencing dating a male with Aspergers. The 22 different segments are quick and to the point which makes this an easy read. Each segment or point has an illustration which I found highly colourable and stress relieving. A great book to read... and apparently colour... if you are in an AS relationship.
December 18, 2020
Worth it!

Reading with my partner after we finished the other corresponding 22 things book. Not even 30 pages in he felt eerily targeted. We are both sure we are on the spectrum and both books have been enlightening
313 reviews
November 25, 2021
"Research" is iffy. So many generalizations without support. 1.5-2 stars
May 21, 2019
Ms. Simone does a great job of picking up on and discussing the key characteristics that will make a neuro diverse relationship difficult. I am amused by the many reviews that criticize the author for not showing more compassion for the partner and are expecting advice on how to change rather than understand the Aspie partner and suggesting that she herself must be an Aspie (She is.) She has done her job in this book which is to try to help the NT partner understand what their ASD partner is thinking, and NOT to give survival strategies. If you are looking for strategies, look for a book written by an NT who has been there. My best advice as an NT who loved an Aspie: I focused on the positive aspects of the relationship, how much I loved my husband, learned to do everything I wanted to do by myself as if I was single, read self-help books on living loved when you feel less than, developed my own personal hobbies outside of the marriage, accepted that I was the planner and made plans instead of waiting around for him to do it, appreciated the fact that I could manage all the details without having to accommodate his opinion since he made it clear he didn't have one, didn't like to talk about it and was leaving everything up to me, whether it was the finances, home decor, and most of the kid stuff. Accepted him as he was and was content with the good things. I didn't put it together about the ASD until it was too late but I just naturally did these things throughout to survive. Your happiness is your own responsibility and should not depend on your circumstances. Good luck!
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January 23, 2022
Depressing read, it's just a list of everything that can be wrong when dating an autistic man, nothing about how to improve the situation. I would have left my partner if I had read that book before we learned how to communicate with each other, in my opinion no woman deserves to lower her standard so much that she should be satisfied forever with the kind of life described in this book. Nothing about going to therapy, about finding safe ways to communicate, about clearly expressing needs, about adapting his environment so he can rest and feel safe so he is not borderline meltdown all the time. Quite offensive to women that should basically make themselves as small as possible to not be a burden and to men that are apparently hopeless children that can't be responsible for their actions or learn. We had almost all these issues, we have none anymore. Take this book as a validation of the hardships you have been through, but look elsewhere for hope and solutions. Also I find it very dangerous as the toxicity described resembles a lot narc abuse, so narc victims could wrongly identify in this book and stay with their abuser. If you recognise yourself but your partner hasn't been professionally diagnosed, know that he could also be a narc. Google how to spot the difference and save yourself.

Autistic men can be the most amazing partners if you learn to communicate and adapt to EACH OTHER, don't settle for less, you both deserve better.
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1,684 reviews62 followers
May 19, 2015
Very valuable information for any woman in any type of romantic relationship with a man who has Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Really wish I'd gotten my hands on this sooner (well, honestly, I bought it a few years ago and have just now gotten around to reading it) because I really was feeling very alone with a lot of the struggles that my husband (who has AS) and I were having. Granted, not all of the topics covered in this book apply to me/my husband -- for example, the chapter on lying. In my experience (mostly with kids who are on the spectrum, but also in the years spent with my husband -- 11 years of relationship, the latter 7 years we've been married) people with AS are more often brutally honest.

So yes, I do definitely recommend this book, as long as you realize that not every single thing in here applies to every single person with AS. :) But I don't recommend purchasing it unless as a used copy. It's less than 100 pages of actual information, and although it's useful, it's not worth the $12 or so that I spent on it. That being said, if buying it is your only choice, go for it. :)

There is so little information out there for spouses/partners of folks with AS/autism, and there is equally little support out there for adults with AS/autism -- so I'm very glad that books like this exist, although resources such as these are not terribly well-known.
Profile Image for Gillian Taylor.
30 reviews1 follower
July 30, 2011
This book opened my eyes in more ways than one. It not only showed my my partners behaviours in greater detail and gave me more understanding of the way his brain worked but it also showed me my behaviours and gave me hope that I can adapt and accept some of the more difficult things that happen in this type of relationship. It made me laugh, it made me cry but mostly it gave me hope.

My favourite part of this book was this explanantion by the author about her relationship with her Asperger's Syndrome (AS) partner -

'I liken being in a relationship with an AS male to living in a climate where the sun doesn't shine very often. When it does, it is dazzling, and you appreciate it so much more than someone who lives in a place where the sun always shines. You live for those moments of light.'
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December 11, 2016
Although not aimed at me (I'm male), I have an Asperger diagnosis and thought the book might be useful to understand what happened in a previous relationship, and to try to make sense of some problems I am having in a friendship with a female at the current time.
It is a quite simplified book and can tend to be a little overgeneralised with its opinions of males with Asperger's but it does seem like it has given me a little perspective on how I might be being viewed, which is all I was looking for.
2 reviews
November 4, 2018
It is very realistic and makes sobering reading. It upset me quite a lot though there was nothing I didn't already know because I regularly experience the rollercoaster ride of being special friends with an aspie of the opposite sex whom I quietly love very much. The love and the joy of the good times is always tempered by the worry/awareness that he will one day unceremoniously leave me. It just brings it all home.
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5 reviews1 follower
August 17, 2013
To be read with caution. It did describe many of the difficulties my AS husband has but didn't explain that different men cope with varying degrees of success. It left me feeling quite negative about my husband, which isn't useful. I didn't feel it had enough of the balancing strengths. But still, it was useful and informative.
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172 reviews2 followers
August 15, 2020
This book is very representative and truthful in its guidance to women not on the Spectrum in love or in relationship with a man on the Spectrum. I would say I can relate to a lot of it already, 2 months into my new relationship.

After reading the book and going through some of the events mentioned in this book as typical and accurate, I felt it helpful guidance and highly recommend it especially at the beginning of a relationship.

I would also suggest it's appropriate for platonic friendships with those on the Spectrum as well as family members and coworkers in its broadly-relevant themes excluding the sexuality aspects. Just good, solid advice to look to and anticipate. Even for those professionally trained to work with those on the Spectrum, an excellent refresher.

To those untrained and inexperienced in relating with those on the Spectrum, this book as frank as it's written may very well scare some women off from dating those with AS (Asperger's Syndrome). So that was a concern I had as a reader...how this book as blunt and frank as it is...rather doesn't balance it quite enough with the positives, even though in each chapter there is a deliberate section called "Positive".

I think what would help more in a future edition would be to add some real life stories of successful couples who have navigated AS and are thriving well.
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11 reviews
May 30, 2022
Flipping the first few pages already got my heart racing. I just finished reading this book in one sitting (or more appropriately laying), skipping a good night’s sleep over it. Over the course of a night I laughed hysterically, felt piercing heartaches, highlighting and adding commentaries to my kindle every few sentences, and mouthing ‘see? see?!’ to myself repeatedly. At one point, I found myself disagreeing with a particular paragraph, but immediately got proven wrong by the next. This book knows what it’s talking about.

Safe to say that this book has expanded my knowledge in what I’ve been dealing for the past two years. However I’m washed over with regret for we’ve broken up, but nevertheless it has cleared up so many things that were clouded with doubt and uncertainty in my head. I’m very thankful to have read this book, and will read many more like this.

I really recommend this short and sweet book for anyone who needs to be affirmed that they’re not alone with dealing with this particular situation and that there are healthy coping mechanisms you could utilize. To all the women reading/contemplating on reading this, GOOD LUCK!🤍
Profile Image for Kamil.
9 reviews
May 14, 2023
I really liked Judy Simone's other book, the one for partners of Asperger women. This one read like she wanted to express some feels about her own bad experiences, which is totally fine, it's just a pity to generalise one's experience to a whole population, and package this as relationship advice. If you hold the two books together it sounds like women are princesses and men are narcissistic a-holes. In other words, I don't think this book can help people to better connect with each other. Plus if you want books about how to deal with NPD partners, there are better ones, like the first 2 editions of Wendy Behary's book on the subject.
Bottom line: avoid.
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5 reviews2 followers
February 19, 2023
I picked this up to try and understand my boyfriend more, about half the information was useful and the other half did not apply to us/him (of course this is different for everyone). I think it gave me a good look into the way he might think and also made me and my feelings feel validated.

Some of the information I did not agree or resonate with most likely because it is just not the way my boyfriend is so if you do pick this up do take it with a grain of salt, everyone is different and some information may not apply to you and that fine.
116 reviews
July 20, 2022
Wasn't great. Basically says if you are in a relationship with someone with Asperger's you just have to look on the positive side and they aren't willing to change much (and you just have to accept that they are this way and deal with it). Some of the positive things she says coming out of it are just ridiculous and doesn't really give helpful advice to work on a relationship together so it works for both people.
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35 reviews5 followers
August 19, 2020
This is the first book I have read on this subject. Already I feel a wave of relief as well as ideas to help make our marriage even better. This book provides insights to many of the behaviors spouses of ASP spouses experience. It also offers the positives to what the characteristics offer to the spouse of an ASP adult. Grateful for this book and eager to read more on the subject.
Profile Image for Alexandra Nitu.
67 reviews
August 14, 2019

I got this book to confirm suspicions, to get insights and consider coping mechanisms. It delivered on all accounts. Accessible language and simple way to appuya very sensitive as emotional topic.
Profile Image for Florence.
21 reviews
February 28, 2018
Deceiving. I expected something more structured and complex. It didn't bring the information I was looking for.
1 review
June 1, 2018
Great book and 100% agree with everything!

I felt very identified with all the aspects and the feelings an AS couple feels . Recommended 100% . I wanted to read more!
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414 reviews6 followers
October 17, 2018
This is a very short book. The list itself was fine, but I found that the explanation wasn't very applicable to my situation. Not the author's fault.
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