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Why I am unable to stop social masking

Posted by on 6 Feb, 2023 in Mental Health |

Why I am unable to stop social masking

When people encourage me to be myself, not to socially mask, or as one Autistic said to me after my diagnosis at age 45 “Just don’t mask!” they make it totally about me, and totally my responsibility, but it’s not just about me, and it never was. I have socially masked for 47 years, and I started masking at the age of 4. What is social masking? Social masking is mimicking neurotypical behaviour to fit in, or to hide in plain sight, camouflaging. Some Autistics will become very adept at it, to...

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