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19 September 2016 @ 09:08 am
A minority we need to understand
Xiphias Gladiusxiphias on September 19th, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
I am a neurotypical person, and one thing that you have to understand about us is that we have an entire part of our brain dedicated to being Neurotypical, and it cannot be used for anything else.

Neurotypicality is caused by an excess of mirror neurons, which just mimic things which they see on other people’s faces. We are unable to use those neurons for anything OTHER than mimicking other people’s faces, and they are SO overactive that we will see “faces” in just random things. This is called “pareidolia” and is probably one of the most blatant diagnostic criteria for neurotypicality. For instance, severe neurotypicals will ACTUALLY PERCEIVE :-) as a smiling face on its side – not just as a random code which means “happiness”.

This normally doesn’t cause serious problems for neurotypicals, as long as their environment is designed to accept that. Neurotypicals don’t actually think that :-) is a face; we CAN tell the difference logically, but we emotionally actually react to it as a face.

The downside of this overabundance of mirror neurons is simply that we don’t get to use them for other things, such as detecting patterns and enjoying them.
Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Tikkiresonant on September 20th, 2016 12:58 am (UTC)
This post and this comment are so good!