Social-Emotional Needs

Do people on the spectrum prefer to be alone? This question is complex, as every autistic person is different and has different social/emotional needs. However, I believe it is safe to say that the majority of autistic people do not want to be entirely alone. We desire companionship, friendship, and relationships as much as neurotypical people do. We also lavish in our alone time and require solitude in order to recover from overstimulation. We are also less likely to make friends for friends’ sake. Personally, I would rather be alone than be with “friends” who didn’t accept me for who I was, even if I was lonely. Otherwise, I would be exhausted from the neverending masking.

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