Adult subthreshold autism

Other Names:
Subliminal autistic behaviour
Subclinical adult autism
Mild autism

Adults labelled as odd, weird or arrogant may be subliminally autistic. These adults are usually intelligent and often financially successful, but do not understand subtle aspects of interpersonal relationships or see the social inappropriateness of their behaviour. They may appear to lack common sense; heavy reliance on stored images and learned behaviours does not serve them adequately in novel social situations.

Autistic adults may have pronounced computer-like talents, such as holding a lot of details in their head at once, or being able to recall memories as exact images rather than as words.


One study established tentative links between subliminal autism in parents and full-blown autism in their 380 children.

Related Problems:
Asperger's syndrome
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
08.03.2021 – 17:26 CET