I have gone on sensory overdrive on purpose again, uhoh.
One of my big interests is the multimodality of our sensory experience, and hypersensitivity in Autism Spectrum Condition. I am hypersensitive, which is the extreme opposite of hyposensitive. Both are features common in Autism, although studies seem to show that more higher functioning autistics are hypersensitive rather than hyposensitive.
Hypersensitivity can lead to avoidance of certain sensations, but it can also trigger a reverse effect resulting in a need to over stimulate certain senses for a variety of conscious or subconscious reasons.
Food is one of my big sensory weaknesses. This is not an unusual feature. Many people, regardless of neurological make up, reach for food to satisfy their sensory (and very often, emotional) cravings. However, there is also a high instance of addiction and addictive behaviour among people with high functioning autism. I wonder if there is a relationship somewhere that links the two? That is, the tendency to overstimulate the senses as a result of runaway hypersensitivity and the propensity for addictions.
I notice there is also a specific time of day when I am more driven towards gustatory overstimulation. That time begins in the early evening and sometimes stretches all the way towards midnight. This happens regardless of whether I am alone, with family, or in social company, which runs contrary to the theory that people addicted to food tend to overeat when alone, due to emotional loneliness / emptiness. I can eat right through a social event, disregarding all conventions and niceties. I am also not at all emotionally lonely. It has been more than a month on my own, alone in a completely foreign city, away from everyone I know. I have absolutely not a single social friend here, not one with whom I can even sit down and have a casual coffee and chat with. And that is fine with me. There is no poor me, I am all alone, feeling, I feel, instead, great satisfaction, peace and calm, and this environment has increased my creative drive.
I wonder about the overdrive though. I wonder what lies beneath this particular need for gustatory sensory stimulation. It does disturb me. A huge reason for me to figure out a way to divert this is that I no longer have the eat-all-you-want-and-still-be-skinny metabolism which I have enjoyed all my life, now that I am in my forties. Middle age catches up even with Aspie chicks. And this Aspie chick is very aware of physical appearance.