“Theory of Mind”

"The idea that autistic people do not have theory of mind simply because we do not access the neurotypical experience readily and are not invested in the social world is ludicrous. It is like telling a neurotypical they don't have theory of mind because they can't hear that buzzing sound next to me, move their facial muscles too much, talk too loud (why can't they tell my ears are hurting when I blink so much? a clear signal!), and don't use echolalia to communicate."

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Autistic Masking, Late Diagnosis, and Dissociation: The Toll It Takes on Autistic Mental Health

CW: Gaslighting, self-harm, intrusive thoughts (Long Post, Summary/Conclusion paragraph at the end) This blog post came about after having a dissociation episode after watching Westworld a few nights ago. This post has helped me realize the reason and cause of my dissociation, likely from being an undiagnosed autistic person for 25 years of my life.… Continue reading Autistic Masking, Late Diagnosis, and Dissociation: The Toll It Takes on Autistic Mental Health

We’ll see how this goes.

I'm a late-diagnosed autistic grad student. I'm not actually sure how this whole blogging thing works but I figured I'd give it a try. Topics I'll likely be talking about - masking, sensory issues (particularly auditory sensitivity), empathy (cognitive and affective empathy), and non-autistic people's underlying subconscious social processing that creates misunderstandings of autistic body… Continue reading We’ll see how this goes.