Dating on the spectrum can be incredibly challenging because, oftentimes, autistic people will date neurotypical people and vice versa without fully understanding that they are both speaking two different neurological languages.
This can lead to either awkward first dates that never lead to a second one or a short-term and tumultuous relationship where both parties exit the relationship confused, hurt, and feeling defeated. This lack of understanding can also lead to long-term relationships where both parties struggle for years or even decades.
It can be incredibly painful. I've been through all of these scenarios, and, thankfully, I now have a partner who is also on the spectrum, and we fully understand each other, which is beautiful and something I never expected.
What are your biggest struggles while dating on the spectrum?