What is it like to be a literal thinker?

Posted by: alisrowe, February 6, 2021

Literal thinkers interpret what others say based on the precise or factual meaning of the words used, as opposed to the implied or metaphoric meaning. People on the autism spectrum are often associated with having literal thinking. Some neurotypical people also have literal thinking. Literal thinking has nothing to do with intelligence.

One great struggle that comes from having literal thinking is that it can be incredibly difficult to interact with others. Communication becomes very confusing.

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