Are habits harder to break if you’re autistic

hi everyone,

so I have a few unhelpful habits. I know that’s far from unusual, regardless of neurotype. However, I seem to find these habits particularly hard to break: things like biting my nails, or picking food apart in specific ways. People tell me not to do these things, to stop, refrain, etc. And as much as I would like to stop, I just can’t seem to do so. I wonder if this could be autism-related, given that habit seems closely related to routine, and not being able to stop seems linked to executive functioning. I would be interested to hear any thoughts, experiences, or guidance you would be happy to share.

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