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Do you Age regress
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31 Jan 2021, 4:02 am

So recently i have begun to age regress.
[quote] Age regression: when somebody reverts to a child-like state of mind, often as a coping mechanism for things like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Some age regressors like to use child-like objects such as pacifiers and bottles and in some cases adult diapers as well as dressing in “childish” clothing and engaging in activities such as colouring and playing with children’s toys. Basically age regressors are more at-peace and worry-free whilst in "little space" (A term for when one is in said mindset).[\quote] Ive noticed a significant amount of people on the spectrum age regress. I know before I started age regressing I kind of had a more childish side and a more mature adult side. I know that other autistic people experience similiar. I feel its the natural evolution of it. I know this topic hasnt been broached much. Im interested to hear what you think of the subject. Also please respond to the poll.


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31 Jan 2021, 6:12 am

Sometimes I re-activate old interests in hopes of discovering what I'd missed the first time, or just for the comfort of familiarity if all the new stuff is confusing. Do I? Yes and No.



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31 Jan 2021, 6:41 am

Pieplup wrote:
Ive noticed a significant amount of people on the spectrum age regress. I know before I started age regressing I kind of had a more childish side and a more mature adult side. I know that other autistic people experience similiar. I feel its the natural evolution of it. I know this topic hasnt been broached much. Im interested to hear what you think of the subject. Also please respond to the poll.


Depends on how you define age regression. I believe many on the spectrum may come across as childish at times when interacting with NTs. It's mainly a subconscious way of trying to say, "I'm innocent and harmless and come in peace, please don't attack me!" The approach often fails, but I think it's a way of trying to be social with people who are completely unrelatable.

As far as wearing diapers and sucking pacifiers...this sounds more like some weird sexual fetish to me. I can't see how that sort of regression accomplishes anything.

In what ways have you / do you regress?



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31 Jan 2021, 7:02 am

ezbzbfcg2 wrote:
Pieplup wrote:
Ive noticed a significant amount of people on the spectrum age regress. I know before I started age regressing I kind of had a more childish side and a more mature adult side. I know that other autistic people experience similiar. I feel its the natural evolution of it. I know this topic hasnt been broached much. Im interested to hear what you think of the subject. Also please respond to the poll.


Depends on how you define age regression. I believe many on the spectrum may come across as childish at times when interacting with NTs. It's mainly a subconscious way of trying to say, "I'm innocent and harmless and come in peace, please don't attack me!" The approach often fails, but I think it's a way of trying to be social with people who are completely unrelatable.

As far as wearing diapers and sucking pacifiers...this sounds more like some weird sexual fetish to me. I can't see how that sort of regression accomplishes anything.

In what ways have you / do you regress?

[color=#0077cc] I regress to around 3-5. and it accomplishes plenty when i regress im not burdened by the trauma. I get this certain feeling. I usually just cuddle my stuffed animals. things are simpler then. When i go into little space the mental illness mostly doesnt follow. What would you rather be an innocent child who just wants to cuddle a stuffed animal or an adult who is haunted by trauma and in emotional pain more often than not. Personally I like the first option better. Pacifiers are comforting. Its not a f**king fetish. You literally go into the headspace of a child. [\color]


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31 Jan 2021, 11:09 pm

Dear_one wrote:
Sometimes I re-activate old interests in hopes of discovering what I'd missed the first time, or just for the comfort of familiarity if all the new stuff is confusing. Do I? Yes and No.

I do this too but because I want to enrich my experience and distract myself from addicting activities which aren't as fulfilling or healthy.


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31 Jan 2021, 11:12 pm

I do the soothing pillow thing when I've been hurt or re-experiencing trauma mentally. Then I might create my own soothers, imaginary people.


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01 Feb 2021, 1:53 am

I don't know about "age regression" I seem to be having autism-type regression once in a few years, where I lose many of my learned adaptations, like emotional management, emotional expression, voice modulation, and in 2019 I had gone almost mute, lost short-term memory, and facial recollection. Yes, it is commonly known that autistic toddlers can regress, but it seems to be not common in adults.



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01 Feb 2021, 9:31 pm

I don't regress. My behaviour, thinking, and feelings are firmly rooted in my age, if we ignore the fact that my mental age might not represent my actual age, and this doesn't change in stressful times or when remembering not-so-wonderful events of the past.

I do take pleasure in many things from childhood and adolescence: the music, the books, the films ... in many way, the things themselves give a sense of meaning and continuity. I don't feel connected at all to the mindset I had then, though.


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02 Feb 2021, 11:02 pm

I don't think I age regress. I just don't think I developed past a certain age socially and emotionally. A lot of people who know me in real life would probably say I am more comparable to a 12-13 year old than an almost 20 year old.


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02 Feb 2021, 11:07 pm

I'm perpetually 13, in my social and emotional development. That's my baseline. Sometimes I regress back to the behaviours I had when I was about eight years old (watching cartoons, using a singsong voice, getting exuberant and excited about my old toys, etc).

I don't go back to anything related to babyhood except for stims (fingers in my mouth, rocking, etc).



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03 Feb 2021, 1:05 am

ezbzbfcg2 wrote:
Pieplup wrote:
Ive noticed a significant amount of people on the spectrum age regress. I know before I started age regressing I kind of had a more childish side and a more mature adult side. I know that other autistic people experience similiar. I feel its the natural evolution of it. I know this topic hasnt been broached much. Im interested to hear what you think of the subject. Also please respond to the poll.


Depends on how you define age regression. I believe many on the spectrum may come across as childish at times when interacting with NTs. It's mainly a subconscious way of trying to say, "I'm innocent and harmless and come in peace, please don't attack me!" The approach often fails, but I think it's a way of trying to be social with people who are completely unrelatable.

As far as wearing diapers and sucking pacifiers...this sounds more like some weird sexual fetish to me. I can't see how that sort of regression accomplishes anything.

In what ways have you / do you regress?


Totally relate to this. I don't see the age regression as something clinical; I see it more as part of my personality, though it seems to be triggered by anxiety. I become childish in a fun and playful way to cope with rejection sensitive dysphoria and intrusive thoughts. This "childish" form can also take on a canine quality--or at least in terms of what the Internet considers canine-like behavior (e.g., dog memes, Doge, goodest boy, etc.). I'm fully aware of when I'm doing this though.

On a related note, I used to wear a custom-made baseball style cap with a rubber duck on it who had a red bow-tie. I understand now that this is considered "weird", "creepy", or even disturbing, but part of my motivation/thought process when I decided to wear it was that it signals that I'm quirky, silly, harmless, and don't take myself seriously. I used to have this obsession (i.e., OCD) that I look dangerous, crazy, psychotic, or like a psychopath, and I considered this to be my "safe hat" when I went out in public. So in some sense wearing the hat whenever I left the house was like a compulsion. Sadly, in retrospect, I think it did more harm than good. When has any compulsion ever done any OCD person good?

EDIT: Ohh snap, this is my 555th post! I feel like I should have a Klondike bar to celebrate.


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03 Feb 2021, 8:13 pm

Abstract_Logic wrote:
ezbzbfcg2 wrote:
Pieplup wrote:
Ive noticed a significant amount of people on the spectrum age regress. I know before I started age regressing I kind of had a more childish side and a more mature adult side. I know that other autistic people experience similiar. I feel its the natural evolution of it. I know this topic hasnt been broached much. Im interested to hear what you think of the subject. Also please respond to the poll.


Depends on how you define age regression. I believe many on the spectrum may come across as childish at times when interacting with NTs. It's mainly a subconscious way of trying to say, "I'm innocent and harmless and come in peace, please don't attack me!" The approach often fails, but I think it's a way of trying to be social with people who are completely unrelatable.

As far as wearing diapers and sucking pacifiers...this sounds more like some weird sexual fetish to me. I can't see how that sort of regression accomplishes anything.

In what ways have you / do you regress?


Totally relate to this. I don't see the age regression as something clinical; I see it more as part of my personality, though it seems to be triggered by anxiety. I become childish in a fun and playful way to cope with rejection sensitive dysphoria and intrusive thoughts. This "childish" form can also take on a canine quality--or at least in terms of what the Internet considers canine-like behavior (e.g., dog memes, Doge, goodest boy, etc.). I'm fully aware of when I'm doing this though.

On a related note, I used to wear a custom-made baseball style cap with a rubber duck on it who had a red bow-tie. I understand now that this is considered "weird", "creepy", or even disturbing, but part of my motivation/thought process when I decided to wear it was that it signals that I'm quirky, silly, harmless, and don't take myself seriously. I used to have this obsession (i.e., OCD) that I look dangerous, crazy, psychotic, or like a psychopath, and I considered this to be my "safe hat" when I went out in public. So in some sense wearing the hat whenever I left the house was like a compulsion. Sadly, in retrospect, I think it did more harm than good. When has any compulsion ever done any OCD person good?

EDIT: Ohh snap, this is my 555th post! I feel like I should have a Klondike bar to celebrate.

Relatable.

I worn my stuffed rat on my shoulder and between my arm and waist like a minibag. I would sometimes pet it and mess with its whiskers and snout when it was on my shoulder.
If I see your ducky Ill come over. Im the girl with a miniskirt.


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03 Feb 2021, 11:51 pm

I have my plush Om Noms and other green plushies on my bed and I sleep with them all on my bed.


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04 Feb 2021, 2:55 am

Rexi wrote:
Abstract_Logic wrote:
ezbzbfcg2 wrote:
Pieplup wrote:
Ive noticed a significant amount of people on the spectrum age regress. I know before I started age regressing I kind of had a more childish side and a more mature adult side. I know that other autistic people experience similiar. I feel its the natural evolution of it. I know this topic hasnt been broached much. Im interested to hear what you think of the subject. Also please respond to the poll.


Depends on how you define age regression. I believe many on the spectrum may come across as childish at times when interacting with NTs. It's mainly a subconscious way of trying to say, "I'm innocent and harmless and come in peace, please don't attack me!" The approach often fails, but I think it's a way of trying to be social with people who are completely unrelatable.

As far as wearing diapers and sucking pacifiers...this sounds more like some weird sexual fetish to me. I can't see how that sort of regression accomplishes anything.

In what ways have you / do you regress?


Totally relate to this. I don't see the age regression as something clinical; I see it more as part of my personality, though it seems to be triggered by anxiety. I become childish in a fun and playful way to cope with rejection sensitive dysphoria and intrusive thoughts. This "childish" form can also take on a canine quality--or at least in terms of what the Internet considers canine-like behavior (e.g., dog memes, Doge, goodest boy, etc.). I'm fully aware of when I'm doing this though.

On a related note, I used to wear a custom-made baseball style cap with a rubber duck on it who had a red bow-tie. I understand now that this is considered "weird", "creepy", or even disturbing, but part of my motivation/thought process when I decided to wear it was that it signals that I'm quirky, silly, harmless, and don't take myself seriously. I used to have this obsession (i.e., OCD) that I look dangerous, crazy, psychotic, or like a psychopath, and I considered this to be my "safe hat" when I went out in public. So in some sense wearing the hat whenever I left the house was like a compulsion. Sadly, in retrospect, I think it did more harm than good. When has any compulsion ever done any OCD person good?

EDIT: Ohh snap, this is my 555th post! I feel like I should have a Klondike bar to celebrate.

Relatable.

I worn my stuffed rat on my shoulder and between my arm and waist like a minibag. I would sometimes pet it and mess with its whiskers and snout when it was on my shoulder.
If I see your ducky Ill come over. Im the girl with a miniskirt.


Stuffed rat, as in like a stuffed teddy bear, or like taxidermy stuffed? Also that's hilarious that you would pet it and such! Did you give it snout boops?

I don't wear the duck hat any more. It now resides in a box in my closet with the other hats I no longer wear but which I decide to keep for some reason. I have a weird attachment to them I guess.


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04 Feb 2021, 11:41 am

I started (consciously) age-regressing last year, but I think I've been doing it on a smaller level for much longer. and I'm still not sure if I'm autistic but I'm beginning to see how my age regression brings out a lot more, er, autistic traits? I guess? like I stim a lot more when I'm regressed. I go into the headspace of a toddler, sometimes an infant, and I babble to myself. I've even caught myself making repeating "bla bla bla bla bla" sounds when deeply regressed. I don't usually get the stereotypical "flappy hands" when I'm excited, but when regressed I do it a lot. I also stim by sucking on a pacifier when regressed (or even when I'm not regressed sometimes; I've always had a bit of an oral fixation).

also, still not sure if I should claim things as "special interests" without being confirmed autistic, but I seem to, er, hyperfixate on things differently when I'm regressed. or on different things. I like Winnie the pooh no matter my age, but when I'm in the headspace of a toddler I am obsessed with Winnie the Pooh. I love honey and honey-flavored things when regressed because it makes me feel closer to Winnie the Pooh.

I noticed my age regression a lot more when I went to visit my chaotic family home early last year. I was at my brother's birthday party and was very overstimulated and had to retreat to my old room, put on headphones and listen to the same soothing song on repeat, and color in a coloring book I'd been wise enough to bring. huh come to think of it most of the times I was at large family functions, or even smaller ones like my own birthday party, I ended up hiding in my room, and if I couldn't hide then I would get very very quiet and feel very small inside. idk how much of that might be autism vs age regression or how it's linked. interesting though.

also, to emphasize what's been brought up in this topic: age regression is not a fetish. not even remotely. that would be age play. age regressed individuals are in the mental/emotional space of a child and thus cannot even consent to those sorts of things. age regression as I've come to understand it is a coping mechanism. if someone is inclined to use diapers or pacifiers when regressed it's for comfort, not for pleasure. age play is another subject and probably not an appropriate subject for this forum given my understanding of the forum rules.


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04 Feb 2021, 1:45 pm

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I started (consciously) age-regressing last year, but I think I've been doing it on a smaller level for much longer. and I'm still not sure if I'm autistic but I'm beginning to see how my age regression brings out a lot more, er, autistic traits? I guess? like I stim a lot more when I'm regressed. I go into the headspace of a toddler, sometimes an infant, and I babble to myself. I've even caught myself making repeating "bla bla bla bla bla" sounds when deeply regressed. I don't usually get the stereotypical "flappy hands" when I'm excited, but when regressed I do it a lot. I also stim by sucking on a pacifier when regressed (or even when I'm not regressed sometimes; I've always had a bit of an oral fixation).

also, still not sure if I should claim things as "special interests" without being confirmed autistic, but I seem to, er, hyperfixate on things differently when I'm regressed. or on different things. I like Winnie the pooh no matter my age, but when I'm in the headspace of a toddler I am obsessed with Winnie the Pooh. I love honey and honey-flavored things when regressed because it makes me feel closer to Winnie the Pooh.

I noticed my age regression a lot more when I went to visit my chaotic family home early last year. I was at my brother's birthday party and was very overstimulated and had to retreat to my old room, put on headphones and listen to the same soothing song on repeat, and color in a coloring book I'd been wise enough to bring. huh come to think of it most of the times I was at large family functions, or even smaller ones like my own birthday party, I ended up hiding in my room, and if I couldn't hide then I would get very very quiet and feel very small inside. idk how much of that might be autism vs age regression or how it's linked. interesting though.

also, to emphasize what's been brought up in this topic: age regression is not a fetish. not even remotely. that would be age play. age regressed individuals are in the mental/emotional space of a child and thus cannot even consent to those sorts of things. age regression as I've come to understand it is a coping mechanism. if someone is inclined to use diapers or pacifiers when regressed it's for comfort, not for pleasure. age play is another subject and probably not an appropriate subject for this forum given my understanding of the forum rules.


Yeah, I'm not sure about Freud's theory of sexual development--he seems to have taken the pleasure principle a bit too far on that one, and its falsifiabilty and predictive power have been found wanting--but I'd say that I'm very much orally fixated in a general, non-Freudian sense. If we think outside the Freudian box, we can try to see the oral fixation as a regressive coping mechanism that is not caused by insufficient or excess oral stimulation during infancy, but rather just happens to be the most primitive/basic pleasure zone that tends to be the easiest to satisfy, and so orally fixated people simply fallback on that out of subconsciously-calculated expediency. I never had a thumb-sucking phase, but in my adolescence I tended to always need some kind of sweetened beverage, and the most available means to satisfy that was pop (soda). Then I discovered smoking tobacco in my late teens, and ever since then smoking has been my go-to for oral stimulation. (For the record, I find the idea of genitalia-focused oral sex disgusting and not something I'd ever be interested in). I also am overweight and have engaged in compulsive eating sometimes, so my oral fixation is pretty obvious to anyone who knows me.

And yes, thank you for emphasizing that age regression is not a fetish. I didn't immediately realize that such needed to be emphasized, but there are people who are going to see it that way I suppose, so it's good that we clarify that as soon as possible.

With regard to what I described earlier as my experience with age regression, I don't think mine is really that clinically significant, because I'm fully aware of when I'm doing it, and I don't feel like I'm literally in the mindset of a child or dog. I mostly express it with humorous intent, and I'm still an adult when I do this even though there is some underlying part of me that wishes for childish innocence. I've never done any overtly childish or canine-like behaviors like assuming a fetal position, sucking my thumb, making cooing sounds, or literally getting on all fours and acting like a dog. It's always had a metaphorical or symbolic significance for me lol.


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