Do alarm bells ring just because your son lines up his cars or his dinosaurs in a peculiar circle, or you daughter removes the clothes from all her dolls because they don’t look the same?
Did you raise eyebrows at someone recently because although you tried your best to engage in riveting conversation, noticing the poor eye contact and limited social competency, you walked away thinking they may be socially inept?
David Beckham apparently turns all the soda cans in his fridge to face the same way every morning and has admitted that he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. (Should he be drinking it at all?). The England captain said that his wife, Victoria, calls him a “weirdo” because of his condition.
“I’ve got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs. I’ll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there’s one too many then I’ll put it in another cupboard somewhere”
Am I a nerd because my spice rack is in A to Z order – surely this is practical, and how can anyone possibly find the Spice they are looking for if it’s not done like this anyway? Do you secretly sharpen all your pencils and lay them out in spectrum order before sitting down to colour in with your kids??.
What about people who laugh at their own jokes that really are not funny at all – is that some kind of tic or something or just an embarrassing outburst?
The diagnosis is rearing it’ head everywhere:
Facebook’s has stated that Mark Zuckerberg has “a touch of the Asperger’s.”
Time suggested that the intensely awkward Bill Gates is autistic;
On the Asperger’s community site Wrong Planet, threads like “Real life celebrities who have or probably have Asperger’s” include Jim Carrey, Adolf Hitler, Daryl Hannah and J. K. Rowling.
What is happening? Is it a wildly over-diagnosed epidemic due only to better reporting and diagnosing ability or is it the reality that we are all widely different and play out our personalities in our own unique way which should be appreciated rather than ridiculed.
Let’s face it, when someone crosses us, isn’t it easier to add a label of “OCD”, “ADD” deemed a sibling “ bipolar,” written off an ex as a“narcissist,” or catch a raised eyebrow with a knowing acknowledgement of “not all there and not as good as me” type judgemental behaviour!
Coming back to the point in questions, it’s a spectrum, the dictionary definition:
used to classify something in terms of its position on a scale between two extreme points.
How far is the extreme? Surely it has to be ‘infinity and beyond’ And where do we sit in between the two extreme points? And is it possible to be ‘Off the Spectrum?’ 🙂