They may struggle to cope with anxiety that could be linked to them not knowing what to say in conversations. Anxiety can lead to the avoidance of social situations. This can mean the individual with autism becomes socially isolated, meaning they have limited opportunities to make new friends.
Socializing and autism can be very tricky when you aren’t talking to other autistic people. Neurotypicals have additional layers of communication that involve tone of voice, body language, and facial expressions.
Nonetheless, at some level, even high-functioning autistics almost always struggle with some discomfort or ineptitude in social interactions. Low-functioning autistics will almost always have immediate and obvious difficulties in social interactions.
– Social – Individuals with autism have difficulty with social interaction. They may be withdrawn, avoid eye contact and not like physical contact. This may cause them to feel isolated. They, in turn, feel anxiety and depression.
Also, compared to typically developing participants, the researchers found that autistic participants reported feeling closer to their social partners. There are multiple possible explanations but one may be that autistic people value social interactions more, especially when given the chance to socialize.
Do people with autism have empathy?
Yes. Despite the stereotype, people with autism can be empathetic. In fact, some experience a type of empathy known as affective empathy, which is based on instincts and involuntary responses to the emotions of others.
How do people with autism think?
Analytical Thinking: People with an autism spectrum disorder think in a logically consistent way that leads to quick decision making. These thinkers can make decisions without experiencing the framing effect that inhibits most neurotypicals from making decisions without bias.
In 2013, the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5) added a new diagnosis: social communication disorder (SCD). This condition shares many of the traits common among people with autism, such as difficulty responding to others, using gestures, staying on topic, and making and keeping friends.