Amazing post, on an excellent blog 👏🏼😊💓
For those of us on the high-functioning side, we’re sometimes accused of faking our autism.
But more often than not, we’re having to fake being “normal.”
Masking is where autistic people drastically adjust their behaviors to mask their symptoms. Some of us do it more than others.
Things like finding a spot on someone’s face to stare at to approximate eye-contact. A painstakingly-rehearsed repertoire of small-talk to give off the appearance of social comfort. Mimicking normal behaviors. Finding places to sit or otherwise be occupied so we’re not caught pacing, flapping, or otherwise repetitively twitching while we talk. Reaching out to others out of the blue. Doing research on people we’ll be meeting so we can find ways to get them talking so we don’t have to.
Why? To pass as normal. To retreat from awkwardness. To fit in. To be accepted.
It’s exhausting. I…
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