Tim Chambers links an article by Marcus Wermuth about “active listening” and while I can’t judge the worth of the advice it’s hard for me not to note how many of the tasks required for active listening often are unsurmountable hurdles for my actually-autistic, monotropic inability to multitask during socially-performative, real-time, face-to-face conversations. “[F]ully concentrating on the other person, trying to understand not just the words being said but also the emotion behind them, responding appropriately and then also remembering what was said”, all at the same time? It’s almost never going to happen, and, not for nothing, this precisely is one reason, but only one of several reasons, why traditional psychotherapeutic methods can be so problematic for me.