It’s often been thought at people with Autism find it hard to relate to people because they find it hard to judge other people’s emotions.
However, a new study by two academics has found that people with Autism have more empathy than you might imagine. According to their study, which has been summarised on the Spectrum News website, they said “the notion that people with autism generally lack empathy and cannot recognise feelings is wrong.”
The two academics who wrote the piece, Rebecca Brewer and Jennifer Murphy, have suggested that sometimes people with Autism feel emotions can’t always figure out what emotion it is that they have. “If people assume that someone with autism lacks empathy, they will be wrong about half the time. Making this assumption is unfair and can be hurtful” they wrote.
It’s always important to remember that people with Autism are first and foremost individuals – its the way we work here at Space Inclusive. However, sometimes others are misinformed about what people with Autism think, and if this study can help change perceptions, then we think that’s great!