September 30, 2014

The Spectrum Empath

imageAutism theory behind being an empath I see is actually quite an illusion. There is actually a medical term for our condition. It is a form of Autism known as Asperger Syndrome.

Empathy is really like the mythological counterpart to Asperger Syndrome (AS). Whereas AS is a medical term, Empathy is a mythological term. People with Asperger Syndrome (Aspies) have very deep-thinking brains and are very sensitive to their environment. Basically, regular brains can think lightly about lots of different topics at once, Autistics only think deeply of one thing at a time. Whereas a regular brain skims lightly across a multitude of subjects, Autists think so deeply, we are often said to be living in our own world or on cloud nine or need to come back to earth. As a result, we learn a lot more about things than regular brains, and often have an above-average intelligence. But because we focus so deeply on our topics of interest (called Obsessions) then other facets of life which involve more dynamic thinking are difficult to us, such as functioning in groups, holding a regualr job and social life comfortably, or even washing every day. We are so focused on our obsessions that these “every day” activities are put aside in second place.

Now, due to our deep minded brains are please recognize we notice so many things that a normal brain does not. We hone in on facial expressions, body language, words, objects, everything. We get a lot more information from any situation than an ordinary person needs. As a result, if there are too many people present, or situations start to proceed when we are not expecting it, we experience a sensory overload, which often turns to anxiety, confusion, fear and anger, or alternatively, extreme excitement. We are very easily affected by our surroundings, because we see so much in the simplest of things, whereas other would only see a simple and uninteresting thing.

Both types of brains are useful for different tasks, together we can work as a team, but in order to do that, both types need to be officially recognised for their strengths and weaknesses.

The trouble is, that this level of sensitivity isn’t always good for us socially, because where other people don’t see it, and if we are not understood for having the gifts we have, it can cause pretty bad social situations for us, we can become very twisted, hurt and mistrustful of people, and we can even be outcast from society completely if we put too many feet wrong. It’s not ours or other peoples fault, we both just have very differently-thinking kinds of brains. Both are necessary to a complete society and are perfectly natural states of mind. People who promote that these differences are a good thing, promote what is known as Neuro-diversity, overly similar like cultural-diversity.

The data is documented medically as a form of Autism. In official descriptions, it can sound boring and vague, once you start talking to others with the condition, reading about the subject and peoples experiences, you will soon realize like I have that Empathy and Asperger’s is one and the same.

The challenge we often encounter socially is when we express out theories of how we think other people think and feel, to normal people who have quick thinking dynamic brains as opposed to our slower deep-thinking brains. While we are often correct, other peoples brains simply do not go deep enough to be able to compute this information. They will often have a bad reaction if we are too forthright with them. In good cases we will be locally respected as a wise, considerate person who is able to solve problems. Observing the grander version from a place of mindfulness and allowing for the process to unfold and events to take place on all level, and dimensions