My nerd thing and Asperger's Syndrome
Posted on January 6th, 2009 by Craig Newmark
Whenever I hear the symptoms associated with Asperger's, they feel
uncomfortably familiar. However, psychologist friends berate me when I
indulge my (mostly suppressed) hypochondria in this area. Maybe there's
a spectrum, from nerdish unsocial behavior to Asperger's to autism, I sure
don't know. For more, check here on Wikipedia.
A friend tells me one symptom is "the inability to
accurately assess her own feelings and the feelings of others" and perhaps that's part of my problem.
In my case, let's say my capacity for social behavior is a bit limited,
and it's a good thing my work is mostly in front of a screen.
However, the eye contact symptom is a real problem for me. Maybe I just
live in my head too much, or it could be related to vision problems. (I
have double vision, and if you're in conversational distance, I have to
work so I don't see you as having two noses.)
It's quite possible it's a symptom of some deep issue that
I don't get.
In any case, I work on it, but it's part of the real me, whatever it is.