Express Yourself / Social vs. Hyposocial?

Even though I’m a “visual thinker” verbal expression is my “go to”  medium of social expression, but the Asperger “style” of concrete specific language is not familiar to neurotypicals, so language also remains a barrier. 

1. To talk in a way that other people can understand (She finds it difficult to express herself in English.) General words meaning to say something: say, talk, speak 

Tattoos are a popular and legitimate form of self-expression and have become mainstream, that is, moved up the social hierarchy.  

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As a “hyposocial” individual, tattooing is somewhat of a mystery: tattoos are a social “sign of commitment” to a group or belief system, whether or not that group is large or consists of one other person. My reaction is: But what if you change your mind? What if your “self” changes? The notion of a “static” self is difficult to grasp. Memorial tattoos are often very intense and much easier to understand.

Personally, to “get a tattoo” has no appeal: it’s one of those activities that is a “blank spot” in my conception of “things to do” to express myself… way too social. I have no idea how other Aspergers or introverts regard tattoos.


Tattoos for “girls” that express social norms, especially vulnerability and eternal bonds of friendship.



The Navy just approved the military’s best tattoo rules – Navy Times

The Navy is easing its tattoo policy in a bid to recruit and retain sailors from the millennial generation, of whom more than 1 in 3 sport body art. Sailors will be allowed to have neck tattoos, sleeves and even markings behind their ears under the new policy, the most lenient of any military service. Mar 31, 2016



Couples? Marriage? Until Death? Hedging your bet…



For a history of tattoos in Ancient Greek and Roman cultures, go to:




4 thoughts on “Express Yourself / Social vs. Hyposocial?

  1. I have a tattoo that covers quite a bit of the bottom half of one leg. But it isn’t something I show. Tattoos are something I have loved since a young age. Mine is a reminder of a huge moment in my life. I’ve had it for about ten years and like it at least as much as I did when I first got it. My husband hates tattoos.


  2. I hate tattoos, mostly for aesthetic reasons. I think they are ugly.

    I probably also have a “visual brain”, so being around ugly stuff seems to drive me up the wall more than most people.

    And I have no idea why they have become almost mandatory with millenials, though I have seen various theories. The resurgence of tribalism suggested here is a good a suggestion as any? Maybe also the resurgence of idiocy, people can’t express themselves using words so much anymore? Either way its a negative development.


    • “being around ugly stuff…” AGREED. Although what is ugly or not is “arguable” – still; I think much of my avoidance of “job-jobs” has been the overwhelming ugliness of most work environments. I can appreciate authentic tribal tattoos-markings on actual tribal people, but the current (often tasteless) fad can likely be attributed to neoteny / juvenalization of modern social Americans.


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