Sat, 3 May 2014
In episode 5 of the AspieCast, I mention what I believe to be an Aspie trait that has positive ramifications, namely the ability to sense connections between intangible concepts. I always thought everyone could see the same connections that I could see, but over time I have come to believe that the average NT person may not have the same thought flow that enables this.
I mention a made up example of a pair of intangible concepts that an Aspie might be good at finding a connection between, and also some examples of the connections that I have been able to see and implement in my career.
I also mention that this advantage - the ability to make connections between concepts that others may not sense - is confidence building and career enhancing, but at the same time can result in overconfidence which, when coupled with aspie style interactions, can add negativity to interactions with others.
I have come to love the TV show "Monk" because although the main character, Adrian Monk, is not given a description as an Aspie in the show, his interactions with his friends and colleagues is highly Aspie-like. The show's main premise is centered on Monk's ability to make connections that others can't see, and thereby solve complex crimes as a detective working in San Francisco.
There are more aspects of the show Monk that I'll be touching on in future podcast episodes, primarily because I believe the show to be very uplifting and affirming of life with an affliction such as Asperger Syndrome. If you haven't yet watched an episode, look it up on the internet or visit a link I just created to Amazon:
As always, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, suggestions, and most especially any life experiences you would like to share.
See also the character Brian "Memory" Lane (portrayed by Alun Armstrong) of the BBC series "New Tricks" about a group of retired police inspectors who handle "cold case" files. Although Asperger's is never specifically mentioned, he does fit many of the characteristics (IMHO) and seems to have comorbid OCD and problems with alcohol abuse. I'm not only an Aspie but a huge Anime/Manga nerd and am always looking out for characters who might plausibly be on the spectrum. There are several.
I've only seen the first few episodes of Monk, when they were strongly emphasizing his OCD (it was even mentioned in the pre-release trailers), and at that time I'd never even heard of Aspergers ... but I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts on BBC's Sherlock &/or The Big Bang Theory. The producers of both avoid any diagnosis, but I see bits of myself in both Sheldon and Sherlock. What strikes me about media portrayals, though, is that the Aspie-like character always has a true friend that is loyal regardless of any eccentricities, and helps them navigate society (see also: Data & Geordi on Star Trek:TNG, Spock & Kirk on ST:TOS). From your podcasts, it sounds like that hasn't been your experience, and it hasn't been mine either. Does anyone know where I can find my very own Dr. Watson?