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Am I just an introvert rather than autistic?

Posted by: alisrowe, March 3, 2020

I have always been a very quiet person and I am happiest when I am on my own. These are key aspects of introversion, which is feeling energised when on your own, (as opposed to extroversion, which is feeling energised when you are with others). Whenever I am spending time with someone, I can feel my social energy declining, and I am always relieved to be on my own again. Not because I didn’t enjoy my time with the person, but because socialising doesn’t energise me.

Introversion explains a lot about me. Learning about introversion has been really helpful. In fact, before I knew I had Asperger’s Syndrome, I just thought that the reason I was so different to others was because I was more introverted than them.

However, I have still always felt extremely ‘different’ to other (neurotypical) introverts – and this is because I am autistic.

I created a film to explain the differences between autistic introverts and neurotypical introverts. I hope you enjoy it!

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