Why do you not accomplish that task?

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Edited version of a Tumblr post by mr-squiggley-poofs:

I have found a way to describe what Neurodivergent Can’t Do Task Mode™ feels like to neurotypicals. You know how you cannot make yourself put your hand down on a hot stovetop? A part of your brain stops you from doing that. That is what Neurodivergent Can’t Do Task Mode™ feels like. Even if we want to accomplish a task, a neurological barrier stops us. The barrier is hard to override.

Why does our brain see the task as a hot stovetop? When neurotypicals finish a task, their bodies release serotonin. Neurodivergents do not get that satisfaction after they complete a task. Neurotypicals do not receive a serotonin hit when they put their hand on a hot stovetop: the action just hurts. Similarly, neurodivergents cannot accomplish a task, because figuratively speaking, they know the task will hurt. They want to avoid that.

More to the point, neurodivergents do not choose to avoid a task, in the usual sense of that phrase. Rather, their brains physically prevent them from doing it.


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