Anomaly is a word that is not frequently used, but I kinda think it needs to be. The definition here is a good one, but I think it can be described a little differently. You might call it “an exception to what is commonly perceived”. An anomaly is not right or wrong, just different. It is just “on the margins” so to speak.
I think I made a mistake when I decided to declare myself autistic. Autism, as the experts have proclaimed, is a disorder of broad magnitude. They call it a spectrum disorder, but I kind of think it just lumps too many people into the same pool! Until that changes, I have pretty much decided to stop saying “I am on the autism spectrum”.
I think I will just say I am “on the margins”, or maybe “outside the mainstream”. I realize I am on the margins of society in several regards. My mental anomalies are part of that description.
One of the reasons I call myself an Aspie instead of Autistic is the very definition of Autism. The full term is Autism Spectrum Disorder. Disorder, as shown here, is an impairment of personal functions. That is usually defined as a disability. I just don’t think of Aspergers in those terms, especially now that I have lived with them for so many years. Yes, there are some things associated with it that makes life difficult, but the source of the difficulty is typically social rather than physical or mental.
I like to consider that being an Aspie is more of an anomaly. I am just different from most in the mainstream. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. I understand that, given herd mentality, many think that “different” is something to be avoided, or something to be fixed. I just don’t see it that way.
Aspie traits are something like a blip on a radar screen of mainstream mentality. It shows that I am different from others around me. Different, not defective. I don’t have a disorder that needs fixing or even analyzing. It is what it is, I am what I am. Living outside the mainstream for almost all of my life has made me what I am, and I think I turned out pretty well, if I don’t mind saying so myself.