Thinking too highly of yourself is not any better than thinking too little. When people think too highly of themselves we may label them as conceited, narcissistic, or egotistical. Just as adults can believe themselves to be more worthy than others view them, so too can children. Asperger’s Disorder children tend to be disliked by others, viewed as a know-it-all, condescending, and critical of others. Their Adult-like manner of talking and advanced knowledge of certain subjects can give the impression of arrogance. The manner in which they do not respond to others can also give the impression that they believe they are superior to others.
Asperger’s Disorder children do have pockets of inflated self-worth, generally when they are displaying their expert knowledge on a topic of interest. Their impatience and intolerance for those who are less knowledgeable is indicative of their feelings of superiority. Unfortunately, they are alone in this feeling, as others find it offensive rather than impressive.
In all other areas of their functioning, however, Asperger’s Disorder children have little cause to feel more worthy than others. This may be the reason they cling to their special interest and are so intent on displaying their knowledge.