The Shell Theory

Posted by: alisrowe, April 15, 2022

I have been thinking about the way we respond to stressful situations. I devised an interesting idea, which I have called The Shell Theory. See if it makes you think about your own stressful situations in an alternative way. 

Often, when an autistic person prepares for a new forthcoming situation, they feel a degree of anxiety. This anxiety represents feelings such as worry, stress, nervousness and fear. It also represents thoughts such as “What exactly is going to happen?”, “What if it’s awful?” and “What will I do if something goes wrong?” Their anxiety involves all their planning and preparation as to how they will cope with the new situation.

This anxiety can be illustrated as a ‘shell’ surrounding the autistic person:

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