This thought experiment has been profound in helping me to understand some of the differences in neurotypical and autistic empathy.
Before I was diagnosed and was made aware of what shutdowns were, they always troubled me. I recall them happening many many times throughout my life, and it has taken me almost twenty years to come to fully understand them.
In my circle of friends and family, I’m known as the quirky one. I’m the odd, funny girl who wishes for peace, love, and happiness for everyone. I’m deeply spiritual, and my cross necklace is a permanent fixture around my
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My communication skills have always been the star pupil of my skills. On paper, that is. On paper, I’m capable of writing intelligent comments, posts, and retorts that even surprise and impress me when I go back and read them
I look back at all of this as a twisted blessing. Each incident added another brick to my wall. I
Looking back, my extreme self-absorption shielded me from a world of pain. I’m selfish. Because I struggle to connect with the outside world, my
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Family also leaves an imprint that is difficult to erase. My mom is the second youngest of nine–seven siblings