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MASKING AND AUTISM

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Masking, also known as camouflaging, is a phenomenon where a person hides their true feelings or emotions behind a mask. It can be common in social or work situations, where individuals feel the need to present a positive image or avoid conflicts. 

 
However, masking can have negative consequences for our mental and emotional health. By hiding our true feelings, we deny our authenticity and suppress our emotions. This can lead to higher levels of stress, anxiety, and long-term depression. 

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So, how can we reduce masking and live in a more authentic way? Here are some strategies that can help: 

  1. Know yourself: The first step to reduce masking is to become aware of your own feelings and emotions. Take the time to reflect on how you truly feel in different situations and recognize your genuine needs and desires.
  2. Accept your emotions: There are no good or bad emotions; all are valid. Learn to accept your emotions without judging yourself. Allow yourself to feel what you feel and express it in a healthy way.
  3. Seek support: You don’t have to face your emotions alone. Seek support from friends, family, or even mental health professionals. Sharing your feelings with a trusted person can help you feel more understood and accepted.
  4. Practice empathy: Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and understand their feelings. By practicing empathy, you can create a safe and welcoming environment where people feel comfortable expressing their true feelings.
  5. Establish healthy boundaries: Learn to say “no” when necessary and set clear boundaries in your personal and professional relationships. This will help you avoid situations where you feel the need to mask your true feelings.
  6. Cultivate self-esteem: Work on your self-esteem and develop a positive self-image. The more you value and accept yourself, the less need you’ll have to mask your true feelings.

    Remember that reducing masking doesn’t mean you should express all your emotions at all times. It’s essential to find a balance between being authentic and respecting the needs and feelings of others. Practicing honesty and authenticity will help you live a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
    Don’t be afraid to be yourself! 

by divershines

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  1. Luis Santana says:

    Thank you for this insightful article on masking and autism. The strategies provided are not only practical but also empowering, especially the emphasis on self-awareness and acceptance. It’s refreshing to see such a compassionate approach towards embracing authenticity while respecting others. This article is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of emotional expression, particularly in the context of autism.

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