Was Elsa from Frozen Autistic?

I didn’t want to watch Disney’s Frozen when it came out. It was too popular and everyone loved it. Maybe I still have have a bit of a rebellious streak in me.

Eventually my grandmother asked me if I would watch the movie with her and my cousin. My grandmother means the world to me, so if she wants me to come over and watch a movie, I will without argument.

Mentally prepared to watch a lame movie, I was presently surprised. The movie was pretty good and something unexpected happened.

When I first saw the movie Frozen, I knew almost nothing about Autism. I almost instantly felt a strong connection to Elsa’s character and her “conceal, don’t feel” mantra.

I’ve always felt as if I were hiding something, but before I learned about AS what I was hiding was hard for me to name.

Hans Christian Anderson is thought to have been somewhere on the spectrum. This cannot be proven, but if it were true many of his stories could easily parallel many autistic scenarios.

The Disney song Let it go stirred up strong feelings within me. How could a cartoon tell my story so accurately? Was Elsa from Frozen Autistic?

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know

 

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17 thoughts on “Was Elsa from Frozen Autistic?”

    1. Thank’s Karen! There seems to be a similar theme in most of, if not all, of the Hans Christian Andersen tales… The little Mermaid, wanting to be part of the human world, The Ugly Duckling not quite fitting in, etc…. 🙂 Thanks for embracing my blog, even through I have stated to disclose, or at least partially disclose to people around me I still plan to keep the blog anonymous…. because I feel as if I am more likely to share more openly if people cannot tie the blog back to me (since some of the characters in my life would not be happy with how they are portrayed through my eyes).

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  1. Interesting observations! I like it! She spoke to me about not being afraid to be myself, to be different, AND to find the power in that.

    Yesterday I saw a different character in a new light. I was rewatching old Buffy episodes and Anya said something/interpreted something really literally. It made me chuckle because my son had said the exact same thing once. She’s not autistic, but she struggles to understand unspoken social expectations and hidden meanings just like my son does. I hadn’t made the connection when I watched it as a younger person.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer- my absolute FAVORITE show is Criminal Minds because of Dr. Spenser Reid. I keep waiting for them to officially “Out” him as being on the spectrum (he is a socially awkward genius with an eidetic memory and a heard of gold). When the show started all I knew was that I felt connected to the character, but after learning about Autism, my view of him has completely changed. His entire character seems to be biased on an Aspie – he even has sensory processing issues for a while! Once you see it, you can not unsee it. lol

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      1. And he doesn’t like to hug (usually), and sometimes misses social cues. I like that he is also not a shallow stereotype, but a really rich charcter. There was one episode I loved where they SORT OF addressed it. In “Through the Looking Glass”.
        Alex Blake: You know, by the way, no offense earlier when I suggested you had Asperger’s.
        Dr. Spencer Reid: None taken. When did you do that?
        Alex Blake: Ah… , and that’s what I love about you. You’re not overly sensitive like some people. I mean, think about how much time we’d save if everyone just got straight to the point.
        Dr. Spencer Reid: Yeah. Cut out all the handshakes and how-do-you-dos.
        Alex Blake: Yeah.

        He didn’t say yes or no, but wasn’t offended at the idea.

        Have you ever seen Rizzoli and Isles? Maura has some Spectrum characteristics too

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  2. Very interesting take on the character. I think you’re totally right though, HCA seems to have infused many of his quirky characters and story lines with his own bits and pieces. I think that’s what makes so many of them seem more real and relate able. Then again once you have your mind opened to many of the mental and social disorders, you are able to find the connection somewhere in almost any story. My son is on the spectrum (doctor is leaning towards aspergers syndrome) and Mr. Mango and I joke about how he’s a Sheldon (from Big Bang Theory) replica. Absolutely anti social and awkward but intelligent and love-able all the same. Though in Frozen I think he wishes he was the funny and goofy snow man 😛

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