Who am i meant to be? In search of a psychological account of autism, from the viewpoint of an ‘insider’



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  • This theory suggests a number of features found in autistic subjective accounts that are not attended to by the other psychological theories. For instance, how individuals on the autism spectrum show a tendency toward either being passionately interested in a task or phenomena, or not interested at all.
  • Monotropism also suggests a reason for the sensory integration difficulties found in the accounts of autistic people, as they suggest there is a ‘hyper-awareness’ of phenomena within the attentional tunnel, but hypo-sensitivity to phenomena outside of it.
  • ‘We suggest that the uneven skills profile in autism depends on which interests have been fired into monotropic superdrive and which have been left unstimulated by any felt experience.’ (Murray et al. 2005: 143).



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