Shyness in autistic versus neurotypical people

Posted by: alisrowe, September 5, 2021

Shyness is feeling nervous, uncomfortable or awkward in social situations.

A lot of people used to describe me as “shy”, but my experience of being shy seemed different from some of the other shy people I had met. I wondered whether it was because I was autistic that my shyness came across differently and felt different.

I created this animated film to suggest how shyness might be different for an autistic person:

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