Part 2: Empathy Case Study – Feedback

The Autistic Brain

The autistic brain does intake and process empathy (and every other sensation) differently from the neurotypical brain. How each person on the spectrum experiences these differences will vary depending on how much his or her brain is divergent from the neurotypical wiring.


Allism Spectrum Disorders: A Parody

In prevailing literature, people on the autism spectrum have all of their traits, their behaviors, and even their very existence pathologized. They are considered to have “mind blindness,” or the opposite of empathy, which means that they are unable to predict the feelings or thoughts of others.


A Man Unmasked

For people on the spectrum, how well someone fares in the general public or on the job often depends on someone’s ability to hide his or her autistic traits and mannerisms. This survival mechanism is known most commonly as masking, though some call it...


Function Labels: Psychology’s Most Cringe-Worthy Language

Whenever you watch an old movie or sitcom, you likely cringe at what was socially acceptable for the era—racist jokes, misogynistic epithets, blatant xenophobia… and you should cringe.  For most people, it’s entirely obvious how offensive and dehumanizing it would be to tell a Black or Brown person, “Good job on talking so white.”  You’d never tell a woman, “Stellar work on that court case.  You held your own like a real man today.”