4 thoughts on “Function Labels: Psychology’s Most Cringe-Worthy Language

  • September 10, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    This is incredibly close to home for me. I’ve been diagnosed as aspie and I am still learning to let the mask fall away around those I care about.

    I am a twin, and it is particularly hard when she does not acknowledge the difficulties I face, especially in social situations. What comes naturally to her is physically and emotionally challenging for me and I hate it when my efforts are dismissed with terminology such as this.

    I remain hopeful that humanity will learn to include us rather than dividing us into categories and keeping everyone separate with these “labels”.

    I am autistic, but I’m not broken.

    And nor would I want to be “fixed”.

    Thank you for your article.

    • September 10, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be an aspie with an extroverted twin. I’d love to tell your story, if you’re interested.

      • September 11, 2018 at 2:43 am

        I’d be delighted to share.

        It’s nice to talk about this with people that actually understand. 🙂

      • September 11, 2018 at 9:32 am

        I sent you an email. 🙂


Join the Conversation!

We invite you to share your thoughts and tell us what you think in this public forum. Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. A first name or pseudonym is required and will be displayed with your comment. Your email address is also required, but will be kept private. (Please note that we use gravatars here, which are tied to your email address.) A website/blog/twitter address is optional.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *