I recently came across an article about how autistic folks make more logical decisions than non-autistic individuals.
Apparently, we’re less likely to succumb to “framing effect”, which is about a strong emotional response driving decisions.
At least, that’s the theory.
From where I’m sitting (metaphorically and literally), it seems that autistic people can experience even stronger emotional responses to situations, than non-autistic folks. Perhaps it’s the constant onslaught of emotion — and the waterfall of sensations — that trains us to be less trusting of emotions and sensations, in our decision-making.
That makes sense to me, anyway. It’s like we’re perpetually enrolled in an “emotional crash course” that inundates us with sensations, clouds our vision, and forces us to learn how to handle it all.
And it strikes me that maybe — just maybe — that’s what seems to delay our development in many, many ways. Autism has long been considered a developmental disorder. A delay. I know that I, for one, often feel like I’m delayed… a case of arrested development. It took me years and years to sort out things that seemed to come so naturally to my non-autistic peers.
So, what is source of that delay? I’d propose it’s got a lot to do with the constant onslaught of sensory information and emotional overload that we’re perpetually experiencing. There’s more for us to process. So, our development progresses very, very differently, with less energy and resources available for “normal” (how I hate that word) development — like everybody else.
Seems likely to me.
It makes a lot of sense.