Autism and Emotions

Emotions are linked with our 8th sense, interoception which is our inner ability to read our body’s signals. Have you ever heard of the expression: think with your head but follow your heart? Well emotions, at times, can outweigh our logical thought and that is why understanding the complexity of emotions can be difficult for someone who is autistic.

The 8th Sense

In the past month I was informed that there are in fact 8 senses, with the 8th sense being: Interoception.
Interoception refers to the sensations that we feel internally, inside our bodies. The awareness of feeling hungry and thirsty, tired, feeling unwell, pain sensation and our emotions. It also refers to our sensation to go to the toilet.

Dare to Dream

As one-year ends and another begins, it is at this time of year that I feel imbalanced and at a loss of direction. As I lay down in deep thought, reflecting on both the high and low moments of life; I realise that I am way too hard on myself. I am not a robot, I am a human who needs to step back once in a while to appreciate all the hard work that I do and also acknowledge that I have a very happy son. Life can be hard and get serious at times, so it is important to be present and live in the moment.

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