Pretty good, but I don’t think you’ve got it quite right. You had to learn by imitating, but most neurotypicals don’t. It isn’t that they internalise the learned rules, it’s that they actually think that way to being with. What appears to be something you must learn is just the product of their hardwiring.
Neurotypicality is a spectrum, the extreme ends have more hard wiring than the middle. True autism is the absence of hardwiring, Asperger’s is some of the ‘wrong’ hard wiring, but we use what we have to learn to imitate the others, though we always feel like we are performing a role.
Theory of Mind & Autism
I don’t remember my childhood, except for a few fragments here and there. My best guess for why I don’t remember my childhood (besides traumatic experiences, of which there were undoubtedly many) is that the me that remembers wasn’t there at the time. It, I, had not been constructed yet.
There’s a well-known example of a three-year-old who is shown a small object being hidden somewhere in the room while its mother is outside. The child is asked where the mother will look for the object when she returns; the child answers that she will look in the place where it is hidden. The child assumes its mother knows the location of the object because the child itself knows where it is. It hasn’t yet learned to recognize (or theorize—since we don’t really ever know for sure) that the other people (bodies) around it have…
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