Pattern Recognition, Gaslighting, and the Patterns of Abuse

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Autistic Academic

[TW: everything in the title.]

One of the many results from a Google Image search for "pattern recognition." The blue puzzle pieces seemed fitting, given the subject. (Image: a series of blue puzzle pieces interlinked in a spiral pattern. From the upper left and right corners, two pieces are missing, showing a black background behind the puzzle. At the center of the spiral, one piece is missing, also showing the black background.) One of the many results from a Google Image search for “pattern recognition.” The blue puzzle pieces seemed fitting, given the subject. (Image: a series of blue puzzle pieces interlinked in a spiral pattern. From the upper left and right corners, two pieces are missing, showing a black background behind the puzzle. At the center of the spiral, one piece is missing, also showing the black background.)

“Pattern recognition” has become a keyphrase in the autistic advocacy circles in which I travel.  It’s a reference to the many studies and resulting populararticles claiming that our pattern recognition is superior to that of non-autistics.  But it’s also a reference to the fact that cycles of abuse are recognizable by their patterns – and that people who tell you they aren’t are almost certainly attempting to gaslight you into accepting more of their abuse.

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