Coping: A Survival Guide for People with Asperger Syndrome

Jobs and Interviews

Suitable jobs

Unsuitable jobs

Graphic designer
Computer programmer
Computer technician or operator
Research scientist
Medical research scientist

(Which are respected professions which generally take place in environments with people who tend to be perhaps just a little bit more accepting of the needs of those who worry. Please note that I have specifically chosen to show quite difficult careers here and there are plenty of easier careers available.)

Solicitor or lawyer
Police officer
Doctor, dentist or health inspector
Secondary school teacher
Airline pilot

(All of which can be highly stressful and competitive occupations that involve making difficult decisions and compromises under intense pressure from other people; some also involve using and interpreting body language in a subtle way.)




Looks down.

Keeps his fists clenched (a closed signal).

Often speaks too quietly.

Steps backwards when spoken to.

Has a weak handshake.

Is easily put down by others.

Is often angry with himself for allowing others to take advantage of him.

Is shy and withdrawn in company.

Cannot accept compliments.

Says 'oh dear!' and 'sorry' too much.

Has an upright but relaxed stance.

Maintains eye contact when listening or speaking (for over two thirds of the time) looking at faces as a whole.

Has a firm handshake but not too firm.

Is able to say 'no' when needs must.

Can express his true feelings.

Is interested in other people's opinions as well as his own.

Tries to treat everyone as equals.

Stands still with stiff, rigid posture.

Keeps his arms folded.

Shouts and points finger.

Bangs desk or table.

May give eye contact almost the whole time he is speaking (looking straight into the eyes).

Is better at talking than at listening.

Likes telling others what to do.

Thinks his own opinion is always right.

Likes to tell other people they're useless.

Tends to make himself quite lonely because people feel they have to be careful around him.

Coping: A Survival Guide for People with Asperger Syndrome

Title page



Getting the best from this book


Looking on the bright side

Body language

Distortions of the truth


Humour and conflict

Sexually related problems and points about going out

Finding the right friends

Keeping a clean slate

Coming clean


Living away from home

Jobs and interviews


Travelling abroad


A Personal in depth analysis of the problem

Further Reading