Emotion’s Are Weird
Emotions for people on the spectrum can be different in a variety of ways to those who are more typical. While some flare bright and strong, overpowering others and even common sense. But there are other times when we can appear to lack emotions, or a fitting intensity of them. Of course this is different depending on the level of the spectrum the individual lies on, but no matter the level there are some times when our emotions don’t make sense, even to ourselves.
At times emotions flare brightly. Many of us with Autism have passions, things which we find incredibly interesting and devote much energy to. But this passion can cut both ways. If someone insults that which we love our something we hold dear our anger or sadness can be inflamed, potentially leading to something of a tantrum or even a full on meltdown on occasion. This isn’t because we don’t care what others think or think it will make things go our way, but happens as the sheer strength of the emotions surprises us and can wipe away rational thought.
But at times our emotions can be muted, even to ourselves. At times we may feel next to nothing, even when we know we should be happy or angry. That’s not to say of course that we don’t care about the news or event, as often we will. There are just times that we remain calm unintentionally. At times it can even be worrying, to ourselves or others, when we feel this lack of emotion. But we do have an opinion and we can still feel strongly about something one way or the other, even if the flames of passion aren’t burning at that moment.
This is the first of a new idea I had, making posts of things that pop in my head and revising them later if people find them interesting. So let me know what you think, if this is something that you want a bit more depth on or if you feel contrary.