Autistic Empaths

Sensory Processing Sensitivity on the Spectrum and Beyond

Autistic Empaths is a project and book in the making about sensory processing sensitivity as a trait and how it manifests on the Autism Spectrum (ASD), in Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), ADD/ADHD, synesthesia, BPD, addiction, and other conditions. Sensory processing sensitivity is the official term for what has been called the trait of high sensitivity; people who self-identify with it call themselves Highly Sensitive People, or HSPs. The trait includes increased empathy, depth of processing, overstimulation, and sensitivity to subtleties.

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On capacity, hard work, and asking for help

In my family, and in American (and other) culture, hard work is valued. It is a value I share, in the sense that I value contribution, creation, and self-sufficiency. But it is often taken to mean working past or through our capacities - and just living in that space, where every day takes a toll on our physical, mental, or emotional well-being. 

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