Emotionally Sensitive

“Emotionally immature and emotionally sensitive.” My first thought upon discovering this trait is: Define immature. Even so, I can say that I am emotionally sensitive. However, I believe this is a defensive mechanism I built up as a result of being unable to read social cues. Whenever someone says something that I can’t read, I […]

Hanging Out

“Will not have many girl friends and will not do ‘girly’ things like shopping with them or having get-togethers to ‘hang out.’” This trait is hard for me to measure myself against. Why? Because I love aesthetics in art and music… I love dress-up for cosplay and dark styles… I enjoy buying new clothes… I […]

Misunderstood

“Words and actions are often misunderstood by others.” My genuine compliments sometimes sound like insults. My acts of kindness can come across as condescending. My “no” gets taken for “maybe” or even “yes.” I don’t always know the right sayings, the appropriate phrases, or the key words to be understood, and the results are often […]

Authenticity

“Like her male counterpart, may shut down in social situations once overloaded, but is generally better at socializing in small doses. May even give the appearance of skilled, but it is a ‘performance.’” I wear a mask so well, I forget who I am. I can make my interests your interests for a whole conversation. […]

Sense of Self

“May not have a strong sense of identity and can be very chameleon-like, especially before diagnosis.” I used to pride myself on this trait. I could be anybody and pretend (sometimes until I believed the lie) that I liked anything a friend liked. I told myself that it was good that I could fit in […]