Autistic literalism (why it can be a good thing) - Unapologetically Autistic

[Video] Autistic literalism and other amusing foibles

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Autistic literalism — where you get that impassive look and the Spock-like answer to your comments and questions, and you don't know whether to laugh or cry.

But autistic literalism goes deeper than just taking things literally and seeing them in black and white. Because if you pay attention you'll likely notice we're often slow to start answering your questions and once we start, seem like we ain't gonna stop.

And that can make us appear slow, ponderous, and even a little dense.

But that's a non-sequitur if ever I heard one, and the real reasons suggest the opposite — we're smart, and we want to give you the most accurate, precise, and truthful answer we can...

... and to do that, we first need to understand exactly what you've asked us.

Watch, listen, learn, comment, and ask questions.


Jon McCulloch, The Evil Bald Genius

Author, speaker, business owner, and autism advocate

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I'm Jon. Husband, father, business owner, author, speaker, and outspoken advocate for autism awareness. I struggled my whole life knowing I was different, but not knowing how or why. I was finally diagnosed in 2019, but had informally self-identified as autistic for a couple of years before that. I live on a remote farm in Ireland with my wife and an assortment of cats and dogs.