35 People With Autism Discuss The Strange Things Non-Autistic People Do
Note: “Neurotypical” is a term used by people in the autistic community to describe people who are not autistic.
1. LONG GOODBYES
“The Minnesota long goodbye. Cultural norm in the Midwest, where you say bye, chit chat for a few minutes, take a few steps toward the door, chit chat for a few more minutes, repeat a few times, until the time it takes from saying “bye” to actually leaving is over 30 minutes.”
2. BEING TOUCHY-FEELY
“Most physical communication. Like when someone puts their hand on you when they talk to you, or leans on you when they laugh. It took me a very long time to not be freaked out when people touch me, and for me to realize that it helps communication if I occasionally touch people too. I mean, I don’t have a problem with things like handshakes and hugs, but other stuff is weird.”
3. THE NEED TO BELONG
“The need to belong to a group baffles me. In my mind, being part of the group just means less time for myself.”
4. BEING INDIRECT
“Fucking subtlety everywhere. Just be direct. Seriously. Do you want something? Say it. Does something bother you? SAY IT.
Don’t beat around the damn bush.”
5. CONSTANTLY NEEDING COMPANY
“Expecting that I need company when going out to eat, shopping, working out, etc. I not only am okay with executing these tasks alone, I actually prefer it most of the time. I enjoy people, but I equally enjoy time to process my own thoughts, while also having the freedom to operate on my own time.”