Tuesday, May 17, 2022

How "unmasking" leads to freedom for autistic and other neurodivergent people

 Masking manifests itself in two ways: camouflage and compensation. 

Camouflage includes behaviors like, "faking a smile, faking eye contact by looking in the middle of someone's forehead," Price says.

This is where compensation comes in. Price does this, for example, through scheduling ghost meetings on his calendar to give himself time to recharge. 

"And that's really what most masked autistics end up having to do, because a lot of us receive social input, our whole lives, that there's something off about us," he says.

Read/listen to more at NPR.