Interesting topic. I was actually tested to see if I was on the autism spectrum as a child on the recommendation of my teacher. Results came back that I was not, but she told my parents a lot of the reasoning behind thinking I was had to do with my skipping ahead in reading, coming across very bluntly to others (I corrected my teacher’s spelling very bluntly in front of our entire class on a regular basis-- she was a terrible speller) and delving into my own little ‘rabbit holes’ of ideas on my own apart from what my class was doing. She thought I was in my own world of ideas, I suppose, and I suppose she was right to some degree. However, I was always very outgoing and social with everyone in my class. Being an E, I always have thrived on conversation and being around others.
Anywho, I also think there is something to be said of a lot of these “diagnoses” being manners of supressing unique and valuable traits needed in this world. I’ve read before that primary school is really catered ideally toward ISFJ, and that may be what prompts so many schools to diagnose so many kids with all kinds of labels.
One interesting thing to note is during my testing process as a child, I also had to see a child psychologist. She kept prodding me for a long time to give her some dramatic dreams I have, so I just finally made one up so I could go back to class. I told her I dreamed that I was a bird flying and a hunter was trying to shoot me. She also asked me if anyone in my family had recently died. I told her my uncle died when I was 3, which was about five years before. She concluded in her evaluation that I had a phobia of being hurt or attacked and that I was traumatized by the death of my uncle.
Also related to this topic, I’m curious if anyone has read this book. Pretty interesting: amazon.com/dp/0743243455