You thought ASD folks have no empathy, but it’s in the other way around. According to the standard definition, ASD is marked by lack of empathy, or lacking understanding of other person’s emotions. But, quite on the contrary, people on the spectrum do have empathy, though it cannot be readily be expressed because of difficulties assocoated with communication and social skills, compounded by lack of aocial imagination and theory of mind, where an NT intuitively understands perspectives of other people. This study proves it.
“A ground-breaking theory suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy – rather, they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.”
“People with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, are often stereotyped as distant loners or robotic geeks. But what if what looks like coldness to the outside world is a response to being overwhelmed by emotion – an excess of empathy, not a lack of it?
This idea resonates with many people suffering from autism-spectrum disorders and their families. It also jibes with the “intense world” theory, a new way of thinking about the nature of autism.
As posited by Henry and Kamila Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the theory suggests that the fundamental problem in autism-spectrum disorders is not a social deficiency but, rather, a hypersensitivity to experience…
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