Myself, I am extremely mental. So for me, my emotional and physical lives are all filled with mental activity. Rather than a rainbow of experience, I have what would be a muddy blur, at least seen from an outsiders point of view.
I can’t meet people in the physical or emotional. My very organic brain won’t allow it, but I do have mental models for everything anyone ever experiences. So though I won’t be able to feel it in the normal way, or interact with it in a natural way, I can understand how feeling and interaction works, and this is my natural path as hard as it might be to share with other people. It gets sort of painful when I have a hard time explaining my personal experience. This makes me “feel” lonely, in the way that I can feel lonely.
The way I differ from a normal thinker is they have a idea, then they get excited about it, emotional, then they act on it, and interact with the experience of being the idea physically, in stages. For me, those stages of experience don’t happen. But there is an example of the opposite extreme. The opposite would be an schizophrenic. They have feelings about things, and no matter what they do or experience, they are immersed in their feelings. Sort of like having a nightmare all day. Everything everything says or does seems to have a huge, but hard to understand meaning.
Is the autistic generally one of these extremes or can it differ between them? Generally, they are extremely mental, but what their mental life can involve is huge and none of them are the same. Where schizophrenics are locked into feeling so much so that their sense of their own identity and their awareness of other peoples identity is entirely altered. But how they experience identity differs widely from one schizophrenic to another.
Example, not all schizophrenics show paranoid tendencies. They aren’t all afraid of the imagined life that they live. Another example of the feeling extreme would be bi-polars. The wide range of feeling experience they have is not necessarily a source of misery for all of them. Many great musicians are bi-polar (singers etc.). Any really active expression of emotion can be a huge outlet for them, and though others see their “obsessive” singing as weird, for them it just feels good.
Comedians, I expect. Yes. They are very often comedians as well. When it hurts their ability to deal with things in their lives, then yes, they need help. But this does not mean that their perception of their life and their feelings is invalid, and they don’t need to make a “complete recovery”. What would they be recovering from, really?
This is actually now the focus of research. Psychologist are now recommending that people allow themselves “productive obsessions”. If you can’t get acting or singing out of your head, they now say you shouldn’t try, and should just give as much time and energy as you can to making that a productive part of your life. Go to auditions, and stuff like that, whether you think you will succeed or not. What do you think, friends?
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.