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Here are some wonderful traits associated with people on the #ActuallyAutistic spectrum. The usual caveat that everyone is different & these aren’t universal. That’s the first thing - we tend to be very accurate & thorough 😉
#ActuallyAutistic people can have very rich inner worlds & vivid imaginations. Some of us can retreat to incredible, vast places inside our heads. I have many pre-built sets of happy, safe places to go to if I need to get away. The ultimate budget holiday.
Another #ActuallyAutistic trait is kindness. Autistic people tend to really care about others & want to help, even if we’re not always sure how. We also tend to be generous, sometimes overly so & like to share what we have with the people we love.
Some #ActuallyAutistic people have overactive empathy chips. I can’t watch someone being injured on TV. If I see someone crying I’ll burst into tears. If an atmosphere is tense I will quite viscerally feel it. What that means is we’re really able to be there for & with people.
Lots of #ActuallyAutistic people are blunt & to the point. While that might mean sometimes we forget to protect feelings, it also means you always know where you stand with us, you can tell us anything because we’re open books & we give good, straightforward advice.
#ActuallyAutistic people can be sensitive & feel things very deeply. While this can mean we get swept about emotionally, it also means we really truly experience life’s highs & lows & so feel passionately about making a difference to others.
This depth of feeling means many #ActuallyAutistic people can find proper jump-up-and-down-flapping-our-arms unbridled joy at small things. That’s why I’m mesmerised for hours by falling snow, or can’t resist glitter, or fireworks - we experience childlike wonder.
Many #ActuallyAutistic people connect on a really special level with animals. Anecdotally I’ve seen many animals behave with unusual devotion towards their autistic human & vice versa. I have a very close bond with my cat, Tonks. If we are both at home, we’re never apart.
There’s a myth that #ActuallyAutistic people are very black & white, inflexible thinkers. While we often have strong opinions, many of us are very good at seeing things from multiple angles in order to reach those conclusions. We tend to see many facets of things.
Many #ActuallyAutistic people have specialist areas in which they are virtually (or literally) experts. There can be many side or temporary special interests & longer term special interests. We need to know everything we can about a subject & love passing on that info.
Lots of #ActuallyAutistic people, knowing what it’s like to feel excluded or othered, have a strong sense of social justice & really value equality. Whether it’s in their own circles or wider society, autistic people don’t like to see others left out & will challenge injustice.
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