I’d say one of the most damaging things my ASD does to my life is my struggle to smile at/with people.
ive heard that when some people with ASD experience eye contact the flight or fight response centre in our brains is overly active compared with a neuro-typical person... making things like eye contact, smiling, listening, anxiety very difficult.
any one else?
I smile when I am nervous. When I was younger and my parents would be telling me and my brother off for something we have done, I couldn’t help myself and kept smiling/sniggering. Also I can’t do eye contact, as I found out that I look around the room etc when talking to someone like I can’t concentrate x
I used to smile when nervous too! Then I'd get hit for smiling! I learnt to stretch my finger and thumb instead.....not sure why that helped. I wonder why we smiled out of context