Theory of Mind is a concept that autism “experts” have come up with, but as is amply illustrated in Laina’s post, one must ask whether it’s the autistic or the expert that lacks it.
Realizing that you’re autistic when you’re an adult means you get to do a lot of searching. This takes multiple forms – soul-searching, Google-searching, memory-searching, and often, people-searching (the journey of finding others just like you).
In my internet searching, I tripped over a staggering number of tidbits that clicked my entire world into place. It was like being given the instruction manual to my brain, and having it translated into my native language.
There was one particular concept, however, that did not click in line quite so easily: Theory of Mind.
What the hell was that, this “Theory of Mind” of which so many speak? The term stoically hides any further information.
Many a mention, nary a definition. At least, not a definition that helped much.
At first, my Inner Smartass came out. ”Well duh–of course we have minds. That’s not a theory!”
It took me…
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