Is the Definition of Autism Too Broad? John Elder Robison An answer to the psychologists who suggest it is . . . Late at night, when I’m alone, I sometimes ponder what it means to be autistic. Do I experience sounds and smells differently from an allistic (non autistic) person? Scientific studies suggest I do. If that is the case, whose perception is correct – mine, theirs, or both? At one time, doctors assumed the allistic view of the world was the correct one, and autistic perspectives were wrong or delusional. Read more about Is the Definition of Autism Too Broad?