December 28, 2021

Nothing about the neurodiversity movement will make sense until you can recognize and rescue yourself from the Neurotypical Fallacy.

It’s actually called the Typical Mind Fallacy, but I prefer the other name because it seems more common among neurotypicals.

Not that neurodivergent folks are immune – cognitive biases are human, and we are not divine. But we do have the advantage of frequent experiences that falsify this fallacy.

The Neurotypical Fallacy is this: Other people think pretty much like you.

The truth, however, is this: There’s far more variety than you could ever imagine in people’s values, preferences, processing styles, desires, decisions, and dreams.

Neurodiversity is the idea that this is both true and good.

It means seeing the beauty in our kaleidoscope of minds, regardless of how relatable they may be.

P.S. I write from my personal experience as an autistic. What I share is not a substitute for advice from an autistic medical professional. Also, some of my opinions have changed since I first wrote them.