Aspergers and Surrealism


I have always enjoyed Surrealism, in all its art forms.

  • Always drawn to movies with Surreal themes
  • Visited the Dali Museum and other exhibitions
  • Was addicted to the Twin Peaks TV series

Strangely, I’ve never taken the time to study the subject in any detail.

But my previous post finally aroused enough curiosity in me to explore my lifelong attraction to Surrealism.


Surrealism communicates by means of exaggeration and incongruous juxtaposition

  • It puts the spotlight on everyday situations
  • Focuses on a particular aspect
  • Places a seemingly unconnected idea next to it
  • Before magnifying it out of all proportion

It’s a bit like a caricature portrayal, except that with Surrealism, exaggeration is a means to an end,  not the end itself.

The purpose of exaggeration in Surrealism is to facilitate making a connection with/to something else.

Asperger’s and Surrealism

Juxtapose plays a big part in how I think and interact with the world.

Juxtapose invites us to compare A with B

  • To discover and experience the connection for ourselves

Surrealism then adds exaggeration to the juxtapose

  • Perhaps to enhance the juxtapose
  • Sometimes to ridicule, as with Satire
  • Maybe to ensure the connection is not missed
  • It’s a caricature juxtapose

Juxtapose and exaggeration are the raw materials of my blurts.

  • Except that it’s all intuitive
  • With the blurt created in a split-second

This kind of thinking is as intuitive and effortless to me, as social intuition is to non-Autistic people.

  • My only effort is in suppressing a blurt that might be considered inappropriate
  • But I’m getting better at this as I get older
  • Happy to smile silently and relish my unspoken Surreal juxtapose


Monty Python

  • This is the mattress sketch
  • It portrays the idiosyncrasies of social communication
  • The eccentricities of speech that are sometimes encountered

In my case, this portrayal is more the rule than the exception to how I experience social communication 🙂


Did someone say mattress! 


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Merita King
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 09:31:54

    As an autistic adult, I understand completely and I’m getting better as I get older too.


  2. A Quiet Week
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 11:54:01

    I am also drawn to surrealism, the odd and bizzare. I will be thinking of this over the next few days, why I personally feel so drawn to it. I am on my way to view “Literal Thinking.” It never occured to me how much trouble I have with literal thinking until this past year when I have been more mindful of my social interactions. I usually have an internal dialogue the distracts me as I socialize.



  3. Steph Diorio
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 20:39:16


    (This is 1863_project from Twitter, by the way. And agreed on surrealism – I’m definitely drawn to it, too! Especially when it comes to my taste in comedy.)


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