What’s empathy?

It is said those on the ASD spectrum lack empathy. But I don’t know if this is really true. What non-autistic people see as our lack of empathy is our inability to read body language and facial expressions, thus an inability to know what others are thinking.

We have the inability to read people. I’ve always said that I’m not a mind reader. But is this empathy? When I know what someone is going through, I can empathize. I can put myself in their shoes. Altough if it is very far removed from my own experience, it can be hard to do.

What does empathy mean to you?

 

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