FREE TELECONFERENCE: Empathy Dysfunction Explains Autism Spectrum Disorder
An International Support Group facilitated by Dr. Marshack. This Teleconference is only for members of Meetup. Click here for membership details and to register for this call.
Topic: TELECONFERENCE: Empathy Dysfunction Explains the Autism Spectrum Disorder
When: Wednesday, June 8th at 12 pm Pacific Time
It took me years to comprehend that nearly all of the problems I experienced in my relationships with my NeuroDiverse loved ones could be explained by Empathy Dysfunction (EmD). Once I got it that they were not using empathy to understand the world and the people around them, I was able to navigate the gummed up communications among us.
People on the Autism Spectrum have Zero Degrees of Empathy (EmD-0) so their reality is built from a different set of mapping tools. While we run everything through our understanding of others in relationship to ourselves, they run everything through a fantastic list of “factoids.” How often have you heard your “Asperger” partner tell you that they “heard every word”? Maybe, but did they really process the meaning?
Empathy helps shape the meaning of communication, the meaning of our relationships, the meaning of the choices we NTs make. For an “Aspie” there may be no meaning if the facts don’t add up.
I often use the expression: “The whole is more than the sum of the parts.” While we NeuroTypicals are shaping meaning with our empathic thoughts, words and actions, the NeuroDiverse person is tallying the parts.
Let’s use this teleconference to learn more about a reality shaped without empathy. Once you see the world through the eyes of a person on the Spectrum, you stand a better chance of taking charge of your life, not just the problem.
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