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Famous People Diagnosed or Suspected of Aspergers

Updated on March 19, 2018
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Indie author of historical romance and paranormal novellas and a history buff.

The Brilliant One

Copyrighted 1947, copyright not renewed. Einstein's estate may still claim copyright on this image, but any such claim would be considered illegitimate by the Library of Congress. No known restrictions
Copyrighted 1947, copyright not renewed. Einstein's estate may still claim copyright on this image, but any such claim would be considered illegitimate by the Library of Congress. No known restrictions | Source

“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a lone traveler and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude.” ~ Albert Einstein

What is an Aspie?

An "Aspie" is another name for a person who has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Although the 'said' disability is considered an abnormal mental health condition, in fairness to those who have the diagnosis, they are actually more normal than most people think. There are thousands upon thousands of people who have this structure of thinking. Considered extremely bright, obsessive compulsive and socially awkward, these individuals have a hard time adapting and conforming to the 'said' normal world.

The distinction between men and women with Asperger is that men tend to be overly task oriented, brilliant, socially impaired, and less talkative inadvertantly showing the syndrome more whereas women with Asperger seem to fly under the radar, masking their distinction by appearing reserved, quiet and intelligent although sometimes having their head in the clouds type of personality.

According to the office of Rare Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, Asperger syndrome is listed as a "rare disease", affecting less than 200,000 people or 1 in 2,000 in the US population. In this day and age as we gain more information, and understanding of Asperger Syndrome, the label of "rare disease" is questionable terminology.

Do Not Feel Sorry For Them ... Applaud Them

Typical Asperger Traits

 
 
Social Awkwardness
Withdrawn or Shy
Artistic/Musically Inclined/Technical
Preoccupation With One or Two Areas of Concentration
Above Average Intelligence
Repetitive Tasking
Obsessive Compulsive
Often Has a Lack of Common Sense
Difficulty With Communication of Thoughts or Feelings
Few Friends and Usually Ostracized
Absent Minded or Head in the Clouds Personality
Innate Sense of Goodness and Forgiving Nature
Lifelong Sense of Innocence
Vulnerable to Ridicule
Eccentric Habits or Concepts
Sensitive to Noise
Easily Taken Advantage of or Gullible
Anxious or Excitable When Not in Own Comfort Zone
Sometimes Explosive
Often Has Strange Phobias

The Mystical One

Nikolai Tesla:   (1856-1943) at age 34.
Nikolai Tesla: (1856-1943) at age 34. | Source

Historical Personalities Suspected of Having Asperger Syndrome

One could almost laugh at the notion that person with Asperger Syndrome are considered disabled or mentally incapable when some of the greatest minds in our history, notables such as Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austen, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Henry Ford, George Washington, Marilyn Monroe, and Amadeus Mozart and even of recent, the late Steve Jobs were just a few suspected as having Asperger Syndrome.

Alive and Kicking it

Here are some famous people in the today's world who have been diagnosed or suspected with Asperger's Syndrome:

Adrian Lamo ~ American Computer Hacker
Satoshi Tajiri ~ Creator and Designer of Pokemon
Dan Akrroyd ~ American Actor and Comedian
Gary Numan ~ British Singer and Songwriter
Clay Marzo ~ American Professional Surfer
Michael Burry ~ US Investment Fund Manager
Darryl Hannah ~ American Actress

“I never went on talk shows, never went to premieres. Going to the Academy Awards was so painful for me. I’d almost faint just walking down the red carpet. I was so socially awkward and uncomfortable that I eventually got blacklisted. Studio executives would call me but I’d be too shy to call them back. So after a while a couple of studios literally told my manager that I was blacklisted.” ~ Darryl Hannah

The Beautiful One

Darryl Hanah at Protecting Adult Welfare event, September 1, 2007
Darryl Hanah at Protecting Adult Welfare event, September 1, 2007 | Source

The Talented One

Gary Numan performing at Ben and Jerry's Double Scoop Sundae festival, Heaton Park, Manchester, on July 23, 2011.
Gary Numan performing at Ben and Jerry's Double Scoop Sundae festival, Heaton Park, Manchester, on July 23, 2011. | Source

A Tribute to Asperger Syndrome Famous

Which Famous Historical Figure Suspected of Having Asperger Syndrome do You Think Has Contributed Most to Humanity?

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Personal Experience with Asperger Syndrome

For years my son was considered the difficult child. Not only by myself, but my family, teachers and acquaintances. He was thought to have Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder, and through the school age years had many episodes of drama, social rejection, and inconsistencies and changes in life due to biological and environmental issues.

It wasn't until he was nearly an adult did he find the right Psychologist who took the time to really study his habits and to our complete surprise he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which for some high-functioning borderline Autistic children, the diagnosis can be mistaken for Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder if not properly assessed. Of course, back twenty some odd years we were not as educated about the world of Asperger's as we are now. For years he had been placed on Ritalin, Dexedrine, and many other drugs that eventually fried his brain, which then caused a side diagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder.

I often wonder had we the information then would my son now have to take anti-psych meds for a condition he might not have had due to a wrongful misdiagnosis? Unfortunately, we will never know. For this reason, I always suggest to those experiencing this difficult situation that is very important to have your child reexamined if they're given a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD and then placed on meds.

The good news is that my son functions on his own and with time he has matured to the point where he can make rational, safe decisions without having to worry so much for him. I find it very interesting that Benjamin Franklin was placed on the list of famous persons in history who were suspected of having Asperger since my son is directly descended through this brilliant man through the family line which makes me question the validity of environmental versus biological factors allotting for this syndrome.

Sources

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Blythe Grossberg PsyD. Aspergers and Adulthood: A Guide to Working, Loving, and Living with Aspergers Syndrome (September 22, 2015) Amazon Digital Services LLC

John Elder Robinson. Look me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's (September 25, 2007) Broadway Books; Reprint edition

Asperger-Syndrome.Me.UK. Retrieved from http://www.asperger-syndrome.me.uk/people.htm

Autism Citizen. Retrieved from https://autismcitizen.org/autism-a-learners-guide/asperger-syndrome/

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  • ziyena profile imageAUTHOR

    ECLECTIC PLETHORA 

    12 months ago from LOST IN TIME

    Thank You! Glad to enlighten you on this subject. My son is well, and always the same. Mind boggling lol Cheers

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    Ryan Fuller 

    12 months ago from Louisiana, USA

    Very interesting article. I have heard of Asperger's before but never really understood what exactly it was. You learn something new everyday. Thank you for sharing this and I hope all is well with your son.

  • ziyena profile imageAUTHOR

    ECLECTIC PLETHORA 

    12 months ago from LOST IN TIME

    Thank You, Nell ... my son is an Aspie. For years I had a hard time dealing with his differences and couldn't understand but now as I've grown older I am amazed at his gifts. He's such a genius and far more intelligent than I could ever comprehend. It is amazing

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    Nell Rose 

    12 months ago from England

    Yes it does make sense. Most of those like Tesla and possibly Einstein do have that range of concentration and lack of social skills. I think my brother is aspergers too, the doctor said he 'probably was' but seeing him daily I know he is! interesting!

  • ziyena profile imageAUTHOR

    ECLECTIC PLETHORA 

    3 years ago from LOST IN TIME

    Thank you. It certainly does help to know about the characteristics of those who are Aspergers ... perhaps by reading this article, any who are not familiar would identify with these people and then think twice about how they should interact or treat an Aspie. My son is such an individual and he's a joy ... :)

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    Dora Weithers 

    3 years ago from The Caribbean

    Really good article all the way to the end commercial. Interesting, informative and inspirational!

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    Randi Benlulu 

    3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Interesting! Thank you!

  • ziyena profile imageAUTHOR

    ECLECTIC PLETHORA 

    3 years ago from LOST IN TIME

    Amen! Thanks Eric

  • ziyena profile imageAUTHOR

    ECLECTIC PLETHORA 

    3 years ago from LOST IN TIME

    I wish, oh how I wish ... I had more time :) Hope you are well too Bill

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    Eric Dierker 

    3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Very interesting. Unless it is debilitating I do not see it as a bad thing.

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    Bill Holland 

    3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    We don't hear much from you, which is a shame because you are a fine writer. I hope you are well.

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