Can Autistic People Understand Sarcasm?


NeuroRebel here and this week I wanted to talk about sarcasm and can autistic people understand sarcasm? Let’s dive into this and find out.

[00:00:19] There’s a rumor that autistic people don’t use or cannot understand sarcasm. And I will admit sometimes I do get confused pick up on when people are using sarcasm with me. However, for the most part, I am capable of understanding sarcasm. I just might need you to make it a bit more obvious that the sarcasm is happening.

[00:01:19] Because of all of those little subtle cues -these nonverbal signals that are often involved with a. Sarcastic response. Some autistic people, myself included can at times, or always struggle with picking up on these little nuances. And there’s a few reasons for this. For me personally, I feel that a lot of this comes from the fact that I am a very straightforward upfront, and often at times, very literal type of thinker.

[00:01:54] Uh, and so sarcasm. At first, if I don’t catch it, I’m looking for, it can be something I missed because it is not my first instinct or my gut response and reaction to a statement. I don’t assume someone is being sarcastic with me unless I know someone already and I know they’re a very sarcastic human being. Then I can be mentally prepared for loads and loads of sarcasm and be ready for it.

[00:02:23] I’m going to miss. I admit that sometimes for me, sarcasm can actually be very confusing, uh, when people are using sarcasm in written text. Oh right over my head most of the time, uh, humor, sometimes other people’s humor when people are making a joke, sometimes I don’t understand they’re making a joke as well, unless they’re like, Oh, I’m joking.

[00:02:46] I just -doesn’t get it but what is, I think, kind of funny and a bit ironic about all of this is – if you know me outside of making this educational content and videos, I am a jokester. I joke around and crack jokes a lot and I can actually be a very, very sarcastic human being.

[00:03:07] So it’s kind of funny that someone who doesn’t always get when people are being sarcastic is also very sarcastic. So I wanted to share that too, because there’s another part of that myth is that autistic people are incapable of using sarcasm. Oh wait, did I just do it? We’re — we’re sar -We can be sarcastic. We really can.

[00:03:24] Um, maybe my sarcasm is different than neuro-typical sarcasm. Maybe that’s why we’re not. You know, seeing eye to eye, or there’s confusion. Um, but actually even other autistic people, sometimes if they’re using sarcasm, I don’t get it. So, you know, sarcasm one of those things that is kind of complex sometimes.

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4 thoughts on “Can Autistic People Understand Sarcasm?

  1. Feel this is also compounded by cultural differences/nuances. As with humour it doesn’t always transfer.

  2. Actually, I don’t believe that most of autistic people don’t understand sarcasm. There are loads of us who use sarcasm, and you have to be able to understand something in order to use it. I think the literal-mindedness only causes an issue when someone else uses sarcasm and they don’t (or can’t) use the intonation expected with it.

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