What is empathy and do ASD people have a lack of empathy?

Posted by: alisrowe, March 14, 2018

I think there is some misunderstanding of what empathy actually is, which I will explore in this article. There are various definitions of empathy but the one that I use and how I think about it is that it’s being able to share the feelings of another person.

A good way to visualise what empathy is is being in a crowd watching a football match when your team scores a goal – the whole crowd cheers because everyone is feeling the same thing and reacting in the same way.

There is a common view that people on the autistic spectrum do not have empathy. Lots of autistic people think they have lots of empathy. I want this article to look at these views in more detail. I hope you see things in a more educated way after reading this article. 🙂

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