Thank you for your question. I searched the web for the relation between autism and solipsism, and here is what I found:

  • Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social communication and behavior¹. Solipsism is a philosophical position that holds that only one’s own mind is sure to exist².
  • Some researchers have suggested that autism is a kind of behavioral or implicit solipsism, as autistics have difficulties in intuiting, understanding, and predicting other people’s minds and mental states³. However, this does not mean that autistics are not interested in or capable of forming romantic relationships⁴.
  • Other researchers have proposed a unifying theory for autism that deconstructs it into three contributing features: an autistic personality dimension, cognitive compensation, and neuropathological risk factors¹. The autistic personality represents a common core condition, which induces a set of behavioral issues when pronounced. These issues are compensated for by cognitive mechanisms, allowing the individual to remain adaptive and functional. Risk factors, both exogenous and endogenous ones, show pathophysiological convergence through their negative effects on neurodevelopment. This secondarily affects cognitive compensation, which disinhibits a maladaptive behavioral phenotype¹.
  • According to this theory, the autistic personality is not pathological, but rather a normal variation in the population that is influenced by common genetic variants¹. Rare genetic variants act as risk factors that impair neurodevelopment and cognitive function¹. Therefore, autism is not a result of selfish genes or solipsism, but rather a complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors that affect brain development and cognition¹.
  • Another perspective on the relation between autism and solipsism is based on the diametric model of cognition, which posits that there are two opposite modes of thinking: mentalistic and mechanistic³. Mentalistic thinking involves attributing consciousness, intentions, and emotions to oneself and others, while mechanistic thinking involves understanding physical causality and logic³. According to this model, autism is associated with a preference for mechanistic thinking over mentalistic thinking, while psychosis is associated with the opposite preference³.
  • The diametric model suggests that solipsism is more likely to occur in psychotic conditions than in autistic ones, as psychosis involves a loss of contact with reality and an over-attribution of consciousness to external objects or events³. Autism, on the other hand, involves a heightened awareness of reality and an under-attribution of consciousness to other people or animals³.
  • However, the diametric model also acknowledges that there are exceptions to this general pattern, such as cases of high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome, where individuals may excel in mechanistic skills and achieve exceptional levels of creativity or genius⁵. In these cases, solitude may not be a sign of solipsism, but rather a source of inspiration and innovation⁵.

I hope this answer helps you understand the relation between autism and solipsism better. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask me. 😊

ソース: Bing との会話 2023/9/14
(1) A Unifying Theory for Autism: The Pathogenetic Triad as a ….
(2) If Selfish Genes Build Brains, Why Aren’t We All Solipsists?.
(3) Autism and Relationships: Benefits and Challenges – Psych ….
(4) Solitude Is the School of Genius | Psychology Today.
(5) Relationship between interoceptive sensibility and somatoform ….
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ソース: Bing との会話 2023/9/14
(1) The Relation Between Autism Spectrum Disorder Traits ….
(2) Object relations approaches to autism. – APA PsycNet.
(3) The Relation Between Autism Spectrum Disorder Traits ….
(4) The Emergence of Untrained Relations in Individuals with ….
(5) Object relations approaches to autism. – APA PsycNet.