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What It's Like Having Hyperempathy as an Autistic Person

When I was first diagnosed autistic, I was diagnosed with a lack of empathy. As it turns out, I did have empathy. My empathy was different though — it was black and white, all or nothing.

I thought to myself it might be more than other people’s but that’s conceited. Or is it? Finally, 44 years later, I think they’re finally coming around on theories.

I have hyperempathy, or as some are calling it, double empathy. My empathy is very strong. It’s so strong that it appears black and white.

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