Environment, Culture and Autism
I am curious as to what everyone thinks about the environment, culture, and how an autistic person functions under them. While i think the US culture tends to place a heavy emphasis on being social or extroverted, there are cultures that will actually discourage being talkative or classroom settings that are highly structured and consistent. Depending on where an individual falls on the spectrum, he or she might be able to function somewhat normally here while being undetected.
Hi Robin, this makes good sense to me, and I believe it can be a self-reinforcing process -- not only for autistic people, but for anybody. If a person's characteristics fit into what the culture desires, then the person will feel accepted and will look and sound cheerful, which in turn causes others to think of her as someone who is pleasant to be around. But if she has some trait that the culture dislikes, she gets negative feedback, worries about being rejected, and looks unhappy and anxious, which causes others to feel uncomfortable around her, so they avoid her even more, and it becomes a vicious cycle.