35 People With Autism Discuss The Strange Things Non-Autistic People Do
“Passive-aggression can get super, maddeningly weird. If I’m lucky it’s amusing; if not, I’m having damn trouble understanding what is wrong and it makes me super anxious and angry. Just. Say. What. You. Mean.”
12. DROPPING HINTS
“Don’t drop hints. I will not get your hints. Just fucking say something.”
13. CONSTANT NOISE
“People who leave the radio or the news on ALL THE TIME. The more ‘voice-like noises’ I’m hearing at any given time, the harder it becomes to pick one out and give it my full attention. To me, filling a house with vocal blather just communicates that you don’t want to talk to anyone—but I’ve witnessed NT’s attempt to hold conversations while listening to the radio. I don’t get it—just turn it off or switch to instrumentals or something, then you can hear each other better”
14. COMPLAINING FOR ITS OWN SAKE
“My neurotypical sister sometimes talks to me about problems she’s having in her life, like with work or dating. Naturally, I try to think of ways to solve those problems, but when I do that, she gets angry.
According to my mom, when my sister talks about those things with me, she’s not trying to get help with the problems. She just wants me to listen, agree that it sucks, and not offer any solutions.
That’s so bizarre to me. If it’s just the act of talking that’s cathartic, why involve another person? What’s the point of telling someone about your problems if you’re not looking for solutions? It’s so counterintuitive and strange.”