A closer look at the autistic experience.
Masking is a common trait among category 1 autistics. It’s a defense mechanism that is often misinterpreted. As many category 1 autistics will note, we often find our diagnosis questioned because we don’t fit the stereotype for autism. Many people expect us to be physically disabled, unable to speak clearly, have constant meltdowns, etc. Masking makes getting to the bottom of what is really happening difficult.
Throughout my life I head many people refer to me as a walking encyclopedia, a robot, and a Vulcan. These comparisons stem from a variety of things, such as the massive wealth of trivial information I know to, what seems like, being unemotional. Today I want to talk about this idea of being compared to a Vulcan. Some autistics take umbrage with this term, but it’s often more accurate than people think, but for some of the worst reasons.