“Autism” means “self”

Posted by: alisrowe, October 19, 2016

The word “autism,” comes from the Greek word “autos,” meaning “self.” I’ve been thinking this in more depth and there are a lot of aspects to “self”, it doesn’t necessarily mean selfish nor does it just mean the need to be alone…

Social impairments

The most obvious etymology of the word describes the social impairment symptoms. The way I describe it is that the social impairments cause the glass jar to exist around every person with ASD. This glass jar makes it very hard to connect with people, even if there is a desire to. Neurotypical people don’t have the social impairments – at least not to the same severity – therefore there is no glass jar (it’s more like a shell if the person is “shy”).

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