|Purred: Wed Jun 16, '10 12:48am PST |
|harvey: most cats don't care to make prolonged direct eye contact-it's seen as aggressive in the animal world, including the human branch of it. we aggress and trespass first with our eyes. watch a land or air predator on the prowl, or teenagers in the mall...we hunt with our eyes.
i am most certainly not saying that autistic humans (and i am one) are more "animal". i am saying that our nonverbal communication styles and neurotypical nonverbal communication styles are different. for one, neurotypical folk have a sort of standardized nonverbal communicative ability-or ability to standardize their nonverbal communication style. just google nonverbal communication and you'll see a list of what it means when the human face and hands do this, or that, or the other. yeah, well, that's if the equipment is standard issue.
mine isn't, and maintaining eye contact makes me feel like someone is sneaking up on me, or about to pull a knife, or if it's a work situation i'm about to get fired, or...it makes me paranoid. i don't think that's because i'm more animal, i think it's because i'm missing some human social hardwiring, so it goes to default and hits primate, or whatever is next on the neuronal tree. what i'm saying is, humans are the only animal i can think of that prolonged eye contact does not necessarily mean predation, fight, or flight.
and by the way...all cats have asperger's, according to a book i keep meaning to buy, so if your cats are just a bit more "catty", they may indeed be autistic. tongue in cheek, here...would an autisticat be one that could not easily form social attachments with or read social signs from other cats?
Edited by author Wed Jun 16, '10 12:50am PST
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