Confirmation Bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias)
Is the tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses. People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. People also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position. Biased search, interpretation and memory have been invoked to explain attitude polarization (when a disagreement becomes more extreme even though the different parties are exposed to the same evidence), belief perseverance (when beliefs persist after the evidence for them is shown to be false), the irrational primacy effect (a greater reliance on information encountered early in a series) and illusory correlation (when people falsely perceive an association between two events or situations).
EVERYBODY ON THE SPECTRUM IS DIFFERENT
I try to be opened minded about my Autism Profile and Personality I always point out that my personhood and Autism Fruit Salad are different things, I also point out I can’t speak for everyone on the spectrum (that is just impossible) but you can take certain things from what I and others say of the spectrum.
INCLUDING THE WHOLE SPECTRUM & DIVERSITY
But even if someone had the same profile as me they would experience it differently from me. I’m little cog on a big wheel and I will forever be learning about Autism because of the infinite presentations. profile, personalities, learning styles, trajectories and more.
No one person on the spectrum can speak for everyone but we can all help each other and that is by including all people on the spectrum as part of this process (yes I mean including the wonderful folks who are “seemingly” non-verbal and/or have learning a disability too!) 🙂
We all have stories to share. 🙂
Paul Isaacs 2014