It is common among autistics that they have trouble deciphering peoples’ facial expressions and cues. I believe that if it hadn’t been for my love of TV shows, I would be a lot worse off at reading people. I have a very hard time meeting people’s eyes and always have, which is a classic autism symptom. Because of this, I don’t really look at people so I can’t interpret what they are feeling from their face. When I watch shows like Castle and Who’s The Boss? though, I am able to look at the characters’ faces because I am not in their realm so I don’t feel anxious about doing it. I think I learned how to read people because of TV. I can decipher subtle changes in characters which I don’t think I would have been able to do about 15 years ago. So TV has been very beneficial in my life.
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