Finding out I’m autistic not only gave me a framework to understand myself and the world, but it ultimately even empowered me. I like myself a lot more now.
It’s crucial that parents’ expectations make sense in relation to the child. A disconnect between parents’ expectations and the child’s abilities, interests, and idiosyncrasies can have consequences.
When we internalize people’s judgments, we often develop the belief that we are not good enough, bad, or unlovable. Here I explore the concept of self-judgment.