Showing the world at large that we’re not so disordered…
or at the very least, that the “rest of the world” is a little disordered, too. meant to lump all neurotypical people and slam them all or anything; from here on, when I say “neurotypical/NT people”, “neurotypicals/NTs”, or “neurotypical/NT society” in this post, I’m referring to the non-autistic world at large, made up of the collective “regular” masses, and speaking about the societal “average” in very general, broad terms.
Are they simply better (relatively speaking) at “putting on” the “right” emotional “skin” or launching the “right” emotional script than we are?
Might their true responses be more similar to ours than anyone realizes, except that they’re comparatively better at pretending or “acting the part”? Or does their small talk (or other conversation) focus more on bonding over a lower common denominator (such as sports, current events, celebrities, etc) that they know through their experience will be shared by the majority of other people?
NT members of society interact with each other, at least on the surface.It’s funny that the diagnostic criteria for the autism spectrum even dares mention greeting rituals, because the NT custom of shaking hands is the most obvious (and least rational) example of a stereotyped, repetitive greeting ritual I’ve ever seen.In the 21st-century, mostly-non-weapon-carrying world, it’s a completely unnecessary gesture, and yet – it persists.There had to have been about 20 other (also extroverted) people there, all seated along the same long table in a reserved-for-the-occasion section of a restaurant. NT people have their repetitive motor movements and idiosyncratic phrases, too.I had never in my life met people more superficial than they. Comedy routines have long incorporated jokes about TV remote controls and channel-flipping.