It’s so nice when someone else verbalises well something you’ve been pondering.
I stumbled upon a blogpost by one Emily Willingham. She was responding to how journalists were linking the CT shootings to autism irresponsibly, and in it happens to describe succinctly how autistics perceive emotion in others.
once an autistic becomes aware of the other person’s emotion, the feeling comes without a social construct, naked and in full, unmodulated
Yes. YES yes yes!
Yes. The social associations/cues/constructs are the problem. Sigh.