It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for an autistic person to live an emotionally balanced life. This is because the autistic brain is hard wired to be mental/intellectual without any ability to feel emotions as they happen. Autistic people can only process their emotions intellectually, after the fact, a process that can take 24 hours or so, by which time the opportunity to actually feel those emotions has long passed.
Fortunately, there are four ways to experience emotion that bypass the intellect. Autistic people gravitate towards these forms of expression in their pursuit of emotional balance:
- Instrumental Music. Anthony Hopkins composes music from melodies he hears in his head. Jefferson, Edison, and Einstein played the violin.
- Art. Michelangelo made his life’s work the expression of emotion through his paintings and sculptures.
- Animals. Autistic people feel connected to animals in a way that they are unable to feel toward other humans. Nikola Tesla shared his New York apartment with pigeons, whom he considered his only true friends.
- Sex. During sex, the intellect is suspended for the purpose of feeling sensations and emotions spontaneously.