Stimming 101, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Stim

Everybody does it. It’s perfectly normal, but often embarrassing—something we encourage our children to suppress, or do in private. Existing on a continuum from healthy, to bad habit, to scandalizing, stimming is as diverse as humanity itself. What is stimming? Stimming—short for self-stimulation—is a term that has yet to make it into any dictionary, despite…