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The Importance of Belonging

Humans are a social species. But not all of us socialise the same way.

Being neurodivergent can impact our lives in many different ways.

  • How we make friends, maintain relationships, and take part in a community.

  • The impacts of false stereotypes about being social as a neurodivergent person.

  • There are both personal and interpersonal impacts of being differently social.

This is important because as a social species, we do have a need for other people. Not just to have connections, but also to be a part of a community.

This fundamental human need is called belongingness.

Now, we can't say for sure that 100% of people experienced this need, but a great majority of people do.

It might be harder for some to admit this, because attempting to connect with other people has been so painful for them. At times, it is easier not to try or to convince themselves that that's not something that they actually need. But this is rarely true.

Let’s explore untrue ideas about neurodivergence and socialisation in our next blog!

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