I have an Aspergers-like Syndrome. P.D.D NOS to be exact. Crowds can be extremely overwhelming for me. I was in a place with nearly 20,000 people all packed into the same area to watch a movie. I am not sure if it was my aspergers syndrome or something else, but my body didn’t react well at the beginning. After 45 minutes I was able to tolerate the IDD behaviors that were all around me. After awhile I learned that the odd behaviors of booing at a ore-recorded show, using small poppers to sound like a gun when the word shoot was said, and having flashlights all over the screen was part of the “experience”.
I’ve never been to a rocky horror picture show before, so I didn’t know that the audience can make a movie more interesting. Dealing with all the people became easier and easier, until I was carrying on a conversation during intermission with the guy sitting next to me.
I know people who have Aspergers Syndrome and can’t stand crowds. Nearly 20,000 people is the most I’ve dealt with at once. I guess it all has to do with what the crowd is doing. I find it much harder to interact with 5,000 people at a networking convention, then watching a movie with 20,000 people.
What are your experiences with crowds? How do you deal with them? Leave a comment, that is if you want to.