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Are there social dysfunctions because of acquired brain injuries?


After the crash I simply couldn’t mentally process inbound information if there was another sound, like someoene else talking. I couldn’t even listen to a radio at the same time as typing, because I would get confused. However, with the “holy <beep>” realization came more than simply the change in self-perspective. Memories would almost-automatically move from short- to long-term, and I could listen to the radio (including CBC, in which they talk a lot) when typing. On the whole, the significance of that is monumental, in pretty much every respect. However, I’m kind of unique in that respect, when comparted to others who’d received an Acquired brain injuriy (ABIs).

ABIs can have a significant impact on a person’s social functioning. ABIs refer to any injury or damage to the brain that occurs after birth, such as from trauma, stroke, infection, or tumor. Here are some common social dysfunctions that can result from ABIs:

  • Impaired social cognition: Social cognition involves understanding and interpreting social cues, emotions, intentions, and nonverbal communication. ABIs can disrupt these cognitive processes, making it difficult for individuals to accurately perceive and respond to social situations. They may have trouble recognizing facial expressions, understanding sarcasm or humor, or interpreting social context.
  • Emotional difficulties: ABIs can lead to emotional dysregulation, including difficulty controlling or expressing emotions. This can result in impulsive or inappropriate emotional responses, such as laughing or crying at inappropriate times. These emotional difficulties can make it challenging to establish and maintain social relationships.
  • Social communication problems: ABIs can affect a person’s ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and nonverbally. They may have difficulty finding the right words, organizing their thoughts, or understanding complex conversations. This can lead to misunderstandings, difficulty participating in conversations, and problems expressing their own thoughts and feelings.
  • Impaired social skills: ABIs can impact a person’s social skills, such as initiating and maintaining conversations, taking turns, and understanding social norms. They may struggle with social etiquette, making appropriate eye contact, respecting personal space, or recognizing social boundaries. These difficulties can lead to social isolation and challenges in building and maintaining relationships.
  • Reduced empathy and perspective-taking: ABIs can affect a person’s ability to understand and share the emotions of others, resulting in reduced empathy. They may have difficulty understanding others’ perspectives, intentions, or emotions, which can strain social interactions and relationships.
  • Social withdrawal and isolation: Due to the challenges mentioned above, individuals with ABIs may become socially withdrawn or isolated. They may feel anxious or self-conscious in social settings, and their difficulties in social interactions can lead to frustration and a desire to avoid social situations altogether.

It’s important to note that the specific social dysfunctions can vary depending on the location and extent of the brain injury, as well as the individual’s pre-injury social skills and personality. Rehabilitation programs, such as cognitive therapy, social skills training, and support groups, can help individuals with ABIs improve their social functioning and adapt to their social challenges.