Uncovering The Camouflage

A series about unmasking our authentic neurodivergent selves

Jillian Enright
neurodiversified
Published in
4 min readNov 15, 2021

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Masking Story Series

We’ve published a number of stories on the topic of masking, and later unmasking, one’s neurodivergent characteristics and qualities.

Masking is hiding our neurodivergent traits in order to fit in with the majority neurotypical society.

The act of masking is different for everyone, the stress it takes on people is different for everyone, and the necessity to mask for one’s self-preservation is different for everyone.

As such, I am grateful to our fellow Neurodiversified writers for sharing their stories about masking and unmasking, to help share a diversity of perspectives and experiences.

2023 update: Masking Doesn’t Even Work

Wait, wait! I’m not talking about medical masks or anything virus-related. I’m referring here to personality masking, or camouflaging. Long-term repercussions notwithstanding, ADHD and Autistic masking is not even effective…

A 2022 Update: Masking, mirroring, and “unstable personality”

Who wouldn’t want to blend in with the crowd in an attempt to escape relentless bullying and try to fit in for a change? Clearly being myself was a liability at that time.

Mirroring is when a person mimics the body language, verbal habits, or attitudes of someone else, either intentionally or unconsciously.

If we’re constantly corrected, criticized, even punished just for being ourselves, then who are we supposed to be?

It makes perfect sense we’d try to find someone who seems to be getting through life much more easily and try to mirror their personality, in the hopes that our lives could be made easier too.

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Jillian Enright
neurodiversified

She/they. Neurodivergent, 20+ yrs SW & Psych. experience. I write about mental health, neurodiversity, education, and parenting. Founder of Neurodiversity MB.