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I came up with this question the other day I wondered how something worked. I thought to myself, how does a neurotypical think? Do they question how things work? Is their mind filled with many different thoughts? (since at least my aspie mind is always thinking) or do they not have many thoughts? Is their mind mostly empty? Is that how is it for them? I had all these questions and finally today I got around searching it. I skimmed through some questions on Quora and didn't think the responses I found gave the answers I wanted. They didn't explain their experience in this world which is what I'm curious about. I'm curious about how they experience this world, what goes on in their mind?

So I kept looking and I found this article which I found very helpful, but wish it was more elaborate about the thoughts they have or maybe they don't have those thoughts? Like repeating or thinking about a script before saying it, do they experience that? Or is what they experience just the opposite of what non-neurotypical experience?

I wish I could live in the brain of a neurotypical for one day or some time to see how it is. There are videos out there of what it's like to be autistic and sometimes they're closely portrayed to what it is. I wish there was a video out there of what it is like to be normal or some way to figure it out.

Aside from being curious about what it's like to be a neurotypical, I'm also curious about what it's like to be normal too, what it's like for a person who doesn't have anxiety, depression, etc. 

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Sanctuary

It's certainly an interesting question although very difficult to answer. It's very difficult for anyone to relay what's in their head - not just because they may "edit" the details when someone asks them but because it can be genuinely difficult to articulate what's in our minds. We often assume that life for neurotypicals is easy and that they have no problems with things such as socialising and communication. Sometimes that may be the case but they can find these things difficult on occasions. The same applies to anxiety, depression and other psychological conditions - there are many neurotypical people with these problems although they are less likely to be afflicted than Aspies. Overall I feel we are not as different as sometimes we think. It would certainly be fascinating to spend time as someone who found socialising and communication easy but even those skills can open up potential problems such as lack of time for oneself. The grass is not always greener....

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Nesf

That's difficult to answer because we can't experience what it's like to be neurotypical any more than they can experience what it's like to be autistic. Being an aspie is all I have ever known. I don't think their head is empty of thoughts though, I think that the differences is that they aren't preoccupied by one thing all the time as I am because they don't obsess so much, and that their world revolves more round people and social interaction than mine does. I think they are more aware of people's thoughts and emotions than I am, they are more in tune with them. They are emotionally connected to people and pick up on each others' emotions so they feel connected. And they don't feel constantly tense around people like I do. Social interaction is pleasurable for them, but for me it can be very stressful. They don't have the same sensory experiences either. They don't become overwhelmed so easily and can tune unwanted sensations out. Their experience of the world is different.

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Heather

I agree it would be so difficult, if not impossible, to know this answer, because to fully describe how a neurotypical or autistic person thinks, we would have to be able to compare to other people's thoughts but we can't do that because just describing it by words wouldn't be enough.  Plus just like every autistic person is different, every neurotypical is different.  I think it is very interesting to learn about how other people think in general, and reading other people's blogs can help with that, but people will always filter their thoughts in some degree or just because it is impossible to say everything we are thinking.  I am sure every person has a different way they think, neurotypical or autistic or something else.

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HalfFull

I think you'd get a different answer from someone who was newly NT to someone born NT.

If a former member came back and told us of their new life as an NT (something that is impossible to happen), they might be buzzing full of energy and with the biggest grin say "Do you know what since I became NT, life has been wonderful". 

However an actual NT would never say that because they know nothing else. They may be glad if they have no disabilities, but then I guess that we are all glad to not have certain other disabilities that are perhaps worse to deal with than having Autism.

Ultimately, all we can all do, Aspie, NT or whatever else is just make the best of the cards we've been dealt!

 

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RiRi

@Rhys This is the thread I was talking about. Can I get your input here? It would be greatly appreciated as for other inputs in other areas. 

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24 minutes ago, RiRi said:

@Rhys This is the thread I was talking about. Can I get your input here? It would be greatly appreciated as for other inputs in other areas. 

I’ll certainly try to give my input, but unfortunately you’ll have to wait till tomorrow, you caught me just before I was going to sleep. But watch this space :) 

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Nesf

I think it would be very helpful to have an NT perspective on a lot of the issues that people on the spectrum face, and perhaps to compare experiences and be able to ask questions.

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On 9/20/2017 at 6:27 AM, RiRi said:

I came up with this question the other day I wondered how something worked. I thought to myself, how does a neurotypical think? Do they question how things work? Is their mind filled with many different thoughts? (since at least my aspie mind is always thinking) or do they not have many thoughts? Is their mind mostly empty? Is that how is it for them? I had all these questions and finally today I got around searching it. I skimmed through some questions on Quora and didn't think the responses I found gave the answers I wanted. They didn't explain their experience in this world which is what I'm curious about. I'm curious about how they experience this world, what goes on in their mind?

So I kept looking and I found this article which I found very helpful, but wish it was more elaborate about the thoughts they have or maybe they don't have those thoughts? Like repeating or thinking about a script before saying it, do they experience that? Or is what they experience just the opposite of what non-neurotypical experience?

I wish I could live in the brain of a neurotypical for one day or some time to see how it is. There are videos out there of what it's like to be autistic and sometimes they're closely portrayed to what it is. I wish there was a video out there of what it is like to be normal or some way to figure it out.

Aside from being curious about what it's like to be a neurotypical, I'm also curious about what it's like to be normal too, what it's like for a person who doesn't have anxiety, depression, etc. 

Sorry this took so long @RiRi

being “normal” isn’t so easy to explain, as an NT I do have a full mind sometimes, they’re times where my head isn’t as clear as you might think. But it also can be empty I guess in some situations, I have suffered with anxiety in the past so just because I’m NT doesn’t mean I’m immune to the effects of such things. 

I guess overall I can’t really put into words what it’s like to be normal...because who really knows what normal is? 

Rhys

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Willow

I guess it's hard to talk about who we are because...it's just who we are. I used to struggle to talk about Asperger's because I didn't know what people would find relevant, and I think it's the same for Rhys. 

Maybe some specific questions would be easier to reply to, or specific things you want to compare, then @Rhys can have a reference point.

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