Thunberg’s mind is on the autism spectrum

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A note for Lesson no. 6, "Brains Make More Than One Kind of Mind," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 100 is:

[Greta] Thunberg’s mind is on the autism spectrum, and she says things that others aren’t willing to say.

The appendix adds:

Greta Thunberg describes herself as having Asperger’s syndrome, but the proper diagnostic term today is autism spectrum disorder.

The American Psychiatric Association in the United States maintains the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (called the DSM). Previous versions of the DSM listed several distinct disorders related to autism, such as Autistic Disorder and Asperger’s Disorder (along with other collections of behaviors and experiences that are classified as "pervasive developmental disorders"). The current version, DSM-5, considers them to be points along a single spectrum named Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Greta Thunberg describes Asperger's syndrome as "a superpower."[1]


  1. Rourke, Alison. 2019. “Greta Thunberg responds to Asperger’s critics: ‘It’s a superpower.’The Guardian, September 2.