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A Radical New Autism Theory
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X Close Getty Images A groundbreaking study suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy—rather they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.

People with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, are often stereotyped as distant loners or robotic geeks. But what if what looks like coldness to the outside world is in fact a response to being overwhelmed by emotion—an excess of empathy, not a lack of it?

This idea resonates with many people suffering from autism-spectrum disorders and their families. It also jibes with new thinking about the nature of autism called the “intense world” theory. As posited by Henry and Kamila Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, suggests that the fundamental problem in autism-spectrum disorders is not a social deficiency, but rather an hypersensitivity to experience, which includes an overwhelming fear response.

“I can walk into a room and feel what everyone is feeling. The problem is that it all comes in faster than I can process it.”

“There are those who say autistic people don’t feel enough,” says Kamila Markram. “We’re saying exactly the opposite: They feel too much.” Virtually all people with ASD report various types of oversensitivity and intense fear. The Markrams argue that social difficulties of those with ASDs stem from trying to cope with a world where someone has turned the volume on all the senses and feelings up past 10. If hearing your parents’ voices while sitting in your crib felt like listening to Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music on acid, you, too, might prefer to curl in a corner and rock.

But of course, this sort of withdrawal and self-soothing behavior—repetitive movements, echoing words or actions and failing to make eye contact—interferes with normal social development. Without the experience other kids get through ordinary social interactions, children on the spectrum never learn to understand subtle signals.

Phil Schwarz, a software developer from Massachusetts, is vice president of the Asperger’s Associaton of New England and has a child with the condition.

“I think that it’s a stereotype or a misconception that folks on spectrum lack empathy,” he says. Schwarz notes that autism is not a unitary condition—“if you’ve seen one Aspie, you’ve seen one Aspie,” he says, using the colloquial term. But he adds, “I think most people with ASD feel emotional empathy and care about the welfare of others very deeply.”

So why do so many people see a lack of empathy as a defining characteristic of ASD? The problem starts with the complexity of empathy itself, which has at least two critical parts: The first is simply the ability to see the world from the perspective of another. The second is more emotional—the ability to imagine what the other is feeling and care about their pain as a result.

The fact that autistic children tend to develop the first part of empathy—which is called “theory of mind”—later than other kids was established in a classic experiment. Children are asked to watch two puppets, Sally and Anne. Sally takes a marble and places it in a basket, then leaves the stage. While she’s gone, Anne takes the marble out and puts it in a box. The children are then asked: Where will Sally look first for her marble when she returns?

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[quote="csweepigirl"]A“I can walk into a room and feel what everyone is feeling. The problem is that it all comes in faster than I can process it.”

“There are those who say autistic people don’t feel enough,” says Kamila Markram. “We’re saying exactly the opposite: They feel too much.” Virtually all people with ASD report various types of oversensitivity and intense fear. The Markrams argue that social difficulties of those with ASDs stem from trying to cope with a world where someone has turned the volume on all the senses and feelings up past 10. If hearing your parents’ voices while sitting in your crib felt like listening to Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music on acid, you, too, might prefer to curl in a corner and rock.

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I can completely relate to this. I have ALWAYS feared people crying, because I then had to feel it. If I'm around stressful people, I feel stressed, and it's so disturbing. Being alone, I am safe from this. What sucks is family does not understand this concept, and keeps on telling me ""drama"" I really can't deal with it, at all. I also over analyze the situation, for example, if someone is emotionally upset. I pretend I am them, in my head, than try to rationalize if this person is at risk for causing more drama, or doing something, like attempting suicide. I'm sure my mother is sick of me asking her if she is going to kill herself because of "this" She has NEVER EVER threatened suicide, but I have had this fear since I was 5 years old.. weird

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i agree with you kim, as well as the article. we DO feel empathy. we CAN feel what someone else is feeling. and we recieve that emotion faster than we can deal with it. i do like what kim does- i feel how someone else is the moment i see they feel that way. it's not always a good thing, though, when someone is angry. when someone is feeling they're been treated unfairly, i too feel that way.

i wish that austism wouldn't be 'officially' characterized by 'lack of empathy'. it's and injustice to damn near everyone on this site. and it's offending to be told what you are. who has the right to tell us what we feel? no one. and it pisses me off that on the diagnostic criteria, it is stated that we have a 'lack of empathy'. i think it should be changed... i wonder if a petition would work... does anybody empathize with me?

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I think a petition is a great idea. A petition to take "lack of empathy" out of the diagnosic criteria for Aspergers Syndrome. I will check out some petition sites, and start it up. Good thinking Chris Very Happy

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yeah. thanks, i was just kinda raving, so i didn't put any thought on it. but yeah, i think it's a good idea. i think it'd be really cool if it worked. i'm not overly confident though... we'd have to get other organizations to sign it too. and at the meetings the AAA hosts, you could pass out a flyer... hmm.. hopefully, it would eventually end up in an updated version of the DSM that we don't have a 'lack of empathy'. what would it be though? an excess of empathy? although the article does a very good job of suggesting that that is the case, i don't think that it's officially proven. is it?

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