This post is a response to a comment from Anonymous:
Hi Philip! Since you are writing about some myths can you write about this? I hear very often that autistics have difficulty reading body language of those around them, especially in social interactions. But my personal experience is that autistics are very perceptive and often pick up on very small details. What is your experience?
I am very good at reading body language. I am good at reading facial expressions too. Many times I have to maintain my distance from people because I have too hard a time not getting distracted by small details like a fearful grimace or an unfriendly sneer. Those faces make me feel badly. I like faces that smile and relax. I am so soothed. I am sensitive to the moods of others. The hardest emotion to see is anger. It’s the worst because it makes me fear being helpless and unable to think. You should really control your anger around us. We can easily lose control of ourselves. In my case, I can get aggressive with people or injure myself. I practice staying away from angry people. It is good for me to be around positive people. Making life more relaxed and loving is good for me.
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