May 5, 2021

I enjoy occasionally flabbergasting my autistic students with insights into the neurotypical mind. It feels like being a tour guide on a safari.

One such insight, which I learned quite recently myself, is that some people correct factual errors as a power move. That’s one reason they might get angry when you do it to them – not because they care less about truth, but because they assume that you’re flexing on them.

In sharing that with a student, my intent was to help them empathize with others, and to shine light on an experience that they found confusing. In the process, however, I think I may have exacerbated their belief that neurotypicals are weird.

It’s as if they saw a lion eat a zebra for the first time. I hope they’ll grow to see that lions aren’t evil – their actions have reasons – you’ve just got to be careful around them sometimes.

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.