Sharing: What it means to be autistic and permeable

What’s happening in autistic people is not that “nothing gets through”; our issue is that “everything gets through”.  Combine that with heightened sensitivity, and it can really take a lot of energy just to survive the onslaught–whether that onslaught is good or bad.  Such as excellent post 🙂

Aspie Under Your Radar

water pouring on a permeable surface and tricking through the porous material Everybody else’s “stuff” is always soaking through.

The majority of people I hear talking about autism (from outside our community) seem to believe that autism is about being insensitive, non-empathetic, having no sense of others or the world around us, and being unable to relate. We’re “impermeable” to them — solid blocks of concrete that can’t let anything in.

We’re logical, because we don’t “get” the whole emotional thing. We make decisions with our heads, because our hearts are shriveled up, stunted, and like the Grinch, three sizes too small. We don’t have capacity for the “soft” sides of life, according to some — including leading researchers (who shall go unnamed, so I don’t give them any more visibility).

In a recent post, I proposed that our logic actually stems from the fact that, as autistic people, we are so sensitive — to physical sensations, as well as emotions…

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