Does Big Bang's Sheldon have Asperger's syndrome?
I can just sense thousands of readers right now smacking their heads with their palms and going, "I knew it!" right now. And I bet right now you're also scrambling to Google the condition and see what the characteristics are. No need; they're right here. Just in that website's brief description, you can see a lot that goes into the character of Sheldon: affected speech patterns, a small and unexpandable circle of interest, and -- most of all -- difficult two-way social interaction. Seems like Sheldon to a T.
Show runners Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady deny that they specifically wrote Sheldon with Asperger's, just that he's a representation of all the socially-oblivious types Prady encountered during his years as a computer programmer. I can concur with that; in my years as an IT guy, I met tons of people who would make Sheldon look like a social butterfly. But there was something peculiar about Sheldon's social misfit nature that seemed to go beyond mere nerdiness. This article definitely crystallized it for me; heck, even self-described "Aspies" and their loved ones think Sheldon has the disorder.
Of course, any fan of Boston Legal knows that this isn't the first time a recurring character on a show had Asperger's. But Jerry Espenson's version of Asperger's was not only more extreme in his actions (popping, hands on legs as he walked, etc.), but it was pretty much what his character was all about. In the case of Sheldon, the fact that he acts the way he does is just the way he acts; Prady and Lorre leave it up to viewers to judge for themselves.
So, BBT fans... is this diagnosis of Sheldon accurate or full of crap? Let me know in the comments.
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