Imagine every time you stepped outside or into any sort of social event, it was like giving a presentation in front of hundreds of people with no rehearsal time. Not only giving a presentation, but a Q&A session without having any idea what the questions or answers will be. And no matter how much you attempt to prepare, the information refuses to stay in your brain.
That’s what it’s like in my head most days when I go through the ‘normal’ motions of simple social interactions and small talk.
I tend to socially script a lot, most aspies/autistics do.
There’s a great video that explains better than I ever could:
I do both kinds of scripting that she talks about. I also tend to rehearse conversations in my head, things I think people will ask me and how I can respond. It helps me feel less stressful about it.