Tag Archives: Empathy


My son does not enjoy reading fiction, which is hardly surprising to me, considering his autism. He struggles to understand social interaction and it’s only in the last couple of years that he’s started exhibiting and enjoying his imagination; both … Continue reading

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Autistics, atheists, and men, are mentally deficient..? Looking at a recent study’s findings on belief in god.

There’s a new study out (published May 30th 2012), entitled “Mentalizing Deficits Constrain Belief in a Personal God.” If you prefer not to read the study itself, you can read this news write-up “Autism May Diminish Belief in God.” The … Continue reading

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A Question of Humanity?

Autism is often referred to in ways that dehumanize autistic people: That autism leaves a child seemingly soul-less; that the person once present in that body and mind is now missing or unreachable. That autism robs something from the person … Continue reading

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My Guest Post over at “Autism and Empathy”

My guest post, entitled “The Hurt Vehicle: One Boy’s Empathy,” went live today at the blog “Autism and Empathy.” Please do head over and check it out. I wrote it specifically for that blog, so it won’t be appearing here. … Continue reading

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Mummy is not Happy: Reflection on the dictation of emotion by an autistic child.

Before we get started, “mummy” is the New Zealand version of “mommy.” I am not “the dead body of a human being or animal preserved by the ancient Egyptian process or some similar method of embalming”. But I some days … Continue reading

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Unanswered questions of empathy, and resulting reflections on blogging

The idea that autistic people lack empathy, is as often stated as it is attacked. Some of the disagreement turns on definitions, which isn’t surprising since the common usage and dictionary definitions of terms like empathy, sympathy and compassion, are … Continue reading

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