I’m reblogging Laina’s latest blog post. Thanks Laina 🙂
Common on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum is the occurrence of Alexithymia, or the difficulty with identifying and expressing emotions. During the first steps of my journey of self-discovery through my freshly-realized autistic lens, I had no idea that I was among the Alexithymic.
In the earliest stages of learning, you don’t know what you don’t know.
And I didn’t know. I didn’t even think to question whether or not I was having trouble identifying and expressing my thoughts and emotions, because I assumed (there’s that word again) that I was successfully identifying everything that was there. I knew if I was happy, sad, scared, angry, wistful, grieving, remorseful, euphoric, excited, and so on.
I really thought I had a bead on things.
The second steps of learning often involve discovering aspects of oneself that one was not previously aware of.
The realization, for me, was gradual. I slowly became aware…
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