What do you think of when you hear the word "masking"?
Since it's October, perhaps your thoughts go to Halloween and costumes?
Or perhaps, if you are into self-care, you may think of skin care?
Or in our post COVID world, maybe you think of face masks?
But none of those are the masking we are talking about in Neuroversity this week.
In psychology, masking refers to changing one’s behavior or natural personality to conform to social pressures or expectations. And for many marginalized communities, masking can be necessary for survival.
Guided by the work of Devon Price, PhD and their book “Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity”, Jessica Kidwell takes a look at the types of masking done by neurodivergent individuals and the harmful impacts that it can have
Resources used in this episode:
Devon Price, PhD interview on NPR
Massachusetts General Hospital study:
"Why do those with autism avoid eye contact? Imaging studies reveal overactivation of subcortical brain structures in response to direct gaze." ScienceDaily
ScienceDaily, 15 June 2017.