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Old 3rd September 2017, 10:46
firemonkey firemonkey is offline
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Default Uncertainty

This is about children on the spectrum but I think it might also be applicable to adults

I quote from the article :
The findings support the theory that children with autism perceive the world as overwhelming because they have difficulty predicting how situations are likely to unfold2.
This is very much the situation with me . The unknown is full of uncertainty , It's difficult to predict how things will pan out ,and that is very anxiety provoking.
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Old 3rd September 2017, 11:58
kafkafan kafkafan is offline
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I know uncertainty is a massive factor in my OCD and can definitely see how it impacts the SA too. I might know logically that the likelihood of, eg. people thinking badly about some tiny thing I said, is very small, but while there's even the slightest possibility of it I just can't let it go. And what's going on in other peoples' heads is this giant unresolvable uncertainty I suppose.
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Old 3rd September 2017, 16:38
biscuits biscuits is offline
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Default Re: Uncertainty

Similarly (can never say that word aloud), uncertainty is a big barrier in my life. I get anxious about situations where I can't imagine what they'll be like. As soon as I've done something a few times then I know what it'll be like and can relax.

I find it really hard to go to a night out or a meet up when it's vague. I feel like I need to know exactly what is going to happen otherwise I just can't cope with it. For example, "Let's go for drinks!" would send me in a spin. Where? How long is it likely to last? Would we move on to somewhere else? How do I know when to go home? Then I will shut-down and go mute because I don't know how to behave or what to say.

Then, very weirdly, if I'm comfortable with someone the idea of doing something carefully planned out to the last detail would feel a bit weird. I'd rather things be casual and we'll see what happens.

Cripes...I'm weird.

I guess it's more to do with how familiar and safe I feel with the people I'm with. If I feel comfortable around someone then it doesn't matter what we do or how long for.
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