The (In)ability to Self-Reflect

  • Kristien Hens
  • Raymond Langenberg


The popular assumption that autistics are supposedly unable to reflect on themselves is clearly refuted by this book and the testimonies of the respondents. This chapter focuses on this (in)ability to self-reflect and shows us how the respondents reflect on themselves, and how varied and subtle these reflections are. Many of these reflections deal with our interviewees’ interaction with others, they show us in-depth analyses of situations and an awareness of their own limitations and how they consciously deal with this. This chapter also addresses the question of language and means of expressing oneself and how current reality—also of psychologists and psychiatrists—is dominated by conventional truths on communication.


Autism Self-consciousness Reflectivity Identity Language 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristien Hens
    • 1
  • Raymond Langenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Diversity - Campus GelbergenHoeledenBelgium

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