Baron Cohen, an English professor autism, suggests that autism starts in the male brain. Male brains are focused on logical systems. Women’s brains are focused on their social environment. Baron Cohen sees autism as an extreme variant of the male brain.
This view fits well with the concept that autism for the most part is a male disability. Approximately four out of five people diagnosed with autism are men.
According to the theory of Simon Baron Cohen, women can also have male brains and vice versa. Women with autism, according to the theory of Baron Cohen therefore have male brains.
The difference between men and women is startling. The boy’s groups were characterized by being late, not coming, not listening, cannot reproduce and have no agendas. The most striking feature of the boys’ groups was that the groups were not organized. Many of them gave the impression of being wandering souls, in some way lost in time, place and person.
In the female group it was seen that they were more precise, in that in their groups they did things like keep a diary(even it was like a lose weight fast for women diary), let each other finish and asked oriented and good questions. If you did not know any better you’d never think they had autism. The autism of the girls was only seen when they tried to solve their problems, something they still were able to do better than the boys.
According to the diagnoses, 80% of people with autism are male and the theory of the extreme male brain is logical. In recent years I have begun to doubt that the percentage of men is that high.
The reason is that in my daily work, I encountered many women which I suspected had autism but they were able to barely suppress it. I also think the theory of “the absent self” by Uta Frith better characterizes the problems of people with autism than the theory of the extreme male brain. According to the theory of autism written by Frith, it has to do with the absence of an internal director. The disadvantage of this theory, I find is that people with autism have something missing, which causes some people with autism to have bad experiences. It does not do justice to the talents of people with autism. (more…)