One concept that I find useful to think about is using different ‘characters’ to help me get better at social interaction. This can involve a degree of masking but, as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t consider masking to always be a bad thing. The ability to mask helps me get what I want a lot of the time. It is the only way that I get by in the neurotypical world.
Here are some characters that autistic people may find useful to get to know from inside themselves: