[Top Text: “But you don’t act Autistic!”]
[Bottom Text: Let me tell you something about being bullied at a young age…]
So since the family insurance is crap, I only recently discovered I was autistic, and primarily through self diagnosis and extensive research, I was about 19, I’m almost 22 now
My immediate family responded pretty well to it (my sister even said it explained a lot) but my more extended family either were told by others or weren’t told at all since they’re…less accepting.
But someone I felt would understand my situation was my Aunt, because she’s gone through her own slew of mental problems and if anyone would get that I would do the necessary research to know what I’m talking about, it would be her.
When I told her, she pretty much told me that someone must have put it in my head, because “I can meet her eye, I’m clearly empathetic” and I could tell she was struggling not to say I was ‘too intelligent to be Autistic’.
While at the time I couldn’t form a proper response beyond ‘it’s different for everyone’ looking back on my life, my 'normal behavior’ now is pretty much from being an apologetically Autistic girl in the early 00’s and being told to shut up. Despite suppressing a lot of my childhood, I’m starting to remember a lot of times I displayed pretty textbook autistic behavior and was forced to stop because I was being rude/annoying/distracting.
So yeah, the woman you know as 'too normal’ is a lie made of learned behaviors Auntie.