Normal Is Overrated

Musings and meanderings on the autistic spectrum

July 2, 2007

The stress of seeming ‘normal’

I’ll admit it: in a typical social encounter, I probably don’t seem that unusual. Perhaps a bit quirky, but lots of people are a bit quirky. But what this slightly quirky appearance belies is just how much effort is involved in keeping it up.

I liken it to the so-called ‘spoon theory’ described by Christine Miserandino in this post at But You Don’t Look Sick. Although the situation described by the author is not identical to that which I experience— Miserandino has lupus, not an autism spectrum disorder— the general idea of having a limited amount of energy to use in one’s everyday life nonetheless mirrors my situation quite nicely.

Simply put, a good number of tasks which are effortless for most people take a good deal of exertion for me to accomplish.

What sorts of simple tasks, you ask?


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