The Auto Spectrum, also known as autospec, auto-spec, or simply auto, refers to a spectrum of identities that include attraction towards oneself in some form, such as autosexual, autoromantic, autoplatonic, self-partnered, and others. This attraction may or may not be exclusive. Furthermore, auto-spec encompasses those who only partially identify with auto, such as autoflux.
- Self-partnered (in some cases)
While terms such as autosexual and autoromantic have existed for longer than the spectrum itself, Tumblr user kenochoric created the term auto spectrum itself on November 2nd, 2021, as an effort to unify all "auto-" identities under one broad spectrum of experiences, similar to the asexual and aromantic spectrums.
The first instance of autosexuality being mentioned in history was by Bernard Apfelbaum, a Ph.D. graduate in clinical psychology. At this time, it was considered sexual deviancy. However, autosexuality is simply attraction towards oneself, not a psychological or sexual abnormality. Formerly, autosexuality was considered a part of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD); however, this has changed. While some people with NPD may be autosexual, they do not inherently go together.
The term autoromantic was first used in the 1970s but was not considered a genuine romantic orientation, instead being used as a joke for a car enthusiast. However, since at least the mid-2000s, there have been instances of autoromantic being used, often on sites like AVEN.
A Carrd for the auto-spec identity was created on November 3rd, 2021.
The auto spectrum flag was created at the same time as the term by Tumblr user kenochoric on November 2nd, 2021.
The autospec flags were inspired mainly by the blues and greys of the original autosexual flags and the greens from the autoromantic flag. Furthermore, purple and green were included to represent a-spec individuals who identify with these terms. The grey represents those who are specifically on a spectrum somewhere, as well as those who experience exclusive auto attraction.
All symbols were chosen due to them being looping hearts in some capacity, showing self-love.