Alexithymia

Are you feeling something right now? Or do you have no idea what you’re feeling? Autistic individuals often find it challenging to recognize our emotions. Some might even be diagnosed with alexithymia, which is a broad term that addresses difficulties with emotional self-awareness, as well as struggles with communicating those emotions to others. In times […]

Finding Emotions

Pinpointing our feelings is difficult enough for many autistic individuals. It can be twice as hard to share those feelings with others. Strong emotions can catalyze shutdowns or meltdowns. Fear can lead us to silence ourselves. Or we might struggle to find the right words for our emotions. And many spectrumites may have a slew […]

Emotional Intelligence

Empathy, emotional intelligence, compassion. Many would say that these are somehow “lacking” in autistic people. Yet, the autistic people that “don’t feel” are also the same ones that meltdown, shutdown, and have severe social anxiety. Maybe autistic people empathize just as much or more intensely than neurotypical people. Perhaps our emotions look and feel different. […]

Different Types of Love

Many autistic people feel uncomfortable saying the phrase, “I love you.” Love is a feeling, and around 50% of autistic people have difficulty recognizing feelings in both themselves and others, which is an experience known as Alexithymia. Even more, “I love you” is a declarative statement. However, autistics often have a trait of being immensely […]

Identifying Emotions

Are you feeling something right now? Or do you have no idea what you’re feeling? Autistics often find it challenging to recognize our emotions. Some might even be diagnosed with alexithymia, which is a broad term that addresses difficulties with emotional self-awareness, as well as struggles with communicating those emotions to others. In times of […]

Communicating Feelings

Pinpointing our feelings is difficult enough for many autistics. It can be twice as hard to share those feelings with others. Strong emotions can catalyze shutdowns or meltdowns. Fear can lead us to silence ourselves. Or we might struggle to find the right words for our emotions. And many spectrumites may have a slew of […]