Remrov – Talks About the Spoon Analogy Regarding Energy

The Spoon Theory is an amazing way to explain the energy drain that many Autistic people feel. If I get too low in Spoons I get VERY sick so it is important for me to conserve my energy and avoid too many activities that take away the most spoons.

Some activities take more out of me than others, even enjoyable activities can be taxing on my spoon supply. Socializing and having a full time job uses almost all of my spoons most days. Sitting under florescent lights or being in a loud noisy environment slowly drains my spoons as well.

I limit my social activities and don’t get out on days that I go to work since these take up so much energy.

Also I need time to “regather my spoons”. After I get worn down it takes time to build my energy levels back up. It is extremely important that I have quiet time to recover or I can get stuck in a repeated meltdown / burnout loop.

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26 thoughts on “Remrov – Talks About the Spoon Analogy Regarding Energy”

  1. Autism sounds like an extreme form of the Introverted personality type as described by the Briggs-Meyers model. Introverts get energized by spending time alone, while Extroverts are energized when around other people. I myself am an Introvert; many years passed where I felt there was something wrong with me for being anti-social. Having read a book about personality types, I was absolved to learn this tendency is totally natural.

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    1. Here is the thing though, because Autism is a spectrum there CAN be extroverted Autistic people… so just keep that in the back of your mind. I THINK they do better with sensory issues or are less prone to them so they have less anxiety. I am really guessing. I wish I was less worn down by busy environments.

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  2. Well, that explains why interactions with people socially always leaves me feeling so incredibly depressed and wanting to get back to my own place ASAP.
    But have you seen Remrov’s drawings? They’re amazing!

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  3. When you need to replenish your spoons, find a quiet place where you feel comfortable. I wish I could help replenish your spoons. Secret: My hiding place to recover is the corner of the coffee shop. I can sit quietly and read or write and feel restored. 🙂

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  4. Thank you so much for this video and your comments about it. It helps me to understand what happens throughout your day, so I know you better. My son doesn’t exactly work like this – he can somehow recharge himself in the middle of the day. I think perhaps he has two cycles per day rather than just one.

    I think if I applied this analogy to everyone, extroverts and introverts have ladles. Autistic people have spoons. Extroverts get more ladles by taking them from other people (not in a ‘stealing’ way), while introverts and autistic people get more ladles/spoons by being alone for a time and recharging. And because this recharging is necessary, it’s not that introverts or autistic people are antisocial – they are just social for much shorter lengths of time before they need to recharge their energy.

    Does that sound right to you?

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  5. Thanks for sharing this; I use my spoons for migraines, as well as getting overwhelmed from… over-empathy for lack of a better word (I think I’ve already used up all of November’s allotment just this week!) I keep… not exactly spoons, but a to-do list tally, and I try to do extra stuff on the days I feel good so that if I am having a bad day, I can check out in a guilt-free way.

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing the spoon thing in regards to autism. I have heard it applied to chronic illness before but not autism and it makes sense for a host of different reasons. I don’t tend to use the spoon theory myself. I describe myself as a motorbike with a small engine and I run out of petrol going long distance. I got this idea after driving across Australia’s vast Nullarbor Plain where there can be 200km in between petrol stops. I’ve heard stories of people on bikes running out of petrol before they make it to the next fuel stop. These stories go back awhile but the concept stuck with me. I need to rest and refuel to get out there again.
    Take care.
    xx Rowena

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  7. I can understand this aspect of autism, because with having numerous chronic illnesses (and being introverted) I can relate to this. I’ve read the spoon theory before, but didn’t realize that people with autism also would be drained of energy. But, this makes perfect sense. Thanks 🙂

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  8. I did not realize this is a problem for autistic people. It is definitely the case for me (I have CFS). It’s interesting to note what kinds of things take more spoons and helpful to think about it in a quantitative way like this. I tend to not schedule more than one appointment a day and then hopefully more than 2 or 3 medical type things a week. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I used to rely heavily on The Spoon Theory to explain my chronic fatigue/pain to family and friends. It worked well until they began to assume that I was ‘storing’ up on my spoons. That somehow if I managed my spoons well enough that I would be able to return to a normal life. I don’t discredit the theory and still reference it as a starting point in trying to describe this tipsy topsy world we’re in.

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