Autistic introversion vs autistic extroversion

Posted by: alisrowe, May 28, 2014

I am always surprised when I come across an autistic person who is an extrovert. Up until about a year ago, I didn’t think it was possible for people with ASD to be extroverted – but now I know very differently!

Why then is there this naive idea (or myth, if you like), that all people with ASD are introverted? I think this myth is based on ideas that people with ASD may:

  • be loners
  • prefer solitary activities rather than social ones
  • be independent workers rather than team players
  • have obsessions with certain things and devote their time to these things, rather than to people
  • lack empathy and theory of mind
  • find it incredibly hard to build connections and friendships
  • suffer social anxiety
  • very easily feel overwhelmed by people and normal day to day activities
  • need time alone to recover from day to day activities

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