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

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The double-empathy problem

  • If autistic people are not socialised into the same shared ‘ethno’ as ‘neurotypical’ people - ‘breaches’ in understanding would happen all the time, leaving both in a state of confusion.
  • There exists a ‘double-empathy’ problem, in the sense of both autistic and neurotypical people having a severe difficulty in understanding the ‘other’.
  • McGeer (2004) – Theories based upon the notion of a ‘lack of empathy’ are based on a one-sided asymmetrical view of two people failing to understand one another.
  • Lack of awareness of self and others shown to be untrue when looking at the personal accounts of those diagnosed.

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