In rooting around the internet for information on autism and asperger's syndrome, I came across several references to something called "Theory of Mind".
Calling it a "theory" is a bit of a stretch. It's basically the realization (or lack) that others do not have the same knowledge, thoughts, and feelings as we do.
This is apparently a concept that a Cambridge researcher, Simon Baron-Cohen (absolutely not to be confused with the social comic Sasha Baron-Cohen!) claims that NTs have but that autistics and aspergians lack.
Although this is quite superficial, I would say that there's some truth to this for me. I have often struggled with people who had different interests or viewpoints than me and have more than once been surprised to learn that a cohort disagreed with me on something. For instance, I've never cared for sports, and I used to disparage professional athletes and those who watched them until I realized that that was a real conversation killer not just in social circles but in business networking as well. Probably was one of the ways that I inadvertently caused people to dislike me without my understanding how that happened.
I've also been really messed up with the Golden Rule. Sounds good on the surface, and I suppose most people try to follow it at some level, but I can tell you that bringing a pepperoni pizza (which I love) to a Green Party meeting illustrates a breakdown of that rule.
In fact, following many general codes of ethics has caused me grief. It took me many years to realize that these rules are not and were never intended to be carried out to their logical conclusion, for instance, "always speak the truth" does not mean you tell your girlfriend that you find her outfit or haircut to be hideous, even if that's really what you think. Yet another case where I'm finding personal pride in being true to my (and presumably my community's) values, yet laying the foundation for someone to plot my assassination.
I follow my local teams but beyond that do not care what other teams do except for a few special ones (Green Bay Packers, because I like their working-class history and close relationship to their community, etc; Naval Academy because I have a cousin who attended, and I was in NJROTC myself)...but I've learned to learn enough about sports to make smalltalk/casual, neutral conversation in order to steer clear of more controversial subjects like politics or religion....
Simon Baron-Cohen (absolutely not to be confused with the social comic Sasha Baron-Cohen!)
Two different individuals, yes, but they are actually blood relatives ;-)
Note to self: Bring vegetarian pizza to next Green Party meeting...it makes sense and I understand it, given the political leanings of the crowd (which I agree with in the main) but let me give a personal ex post facto F*CK YOU to all the NT Greens at that meeting that gave Stuart sh*t about that...