In a recent conversation, I found myself mentioning something interesting (which is all speculation at this time):
It seems, to me, that schooling, nowadays, tends to create Asperger-like traits in kids. That is to say, it teaches kids traits of Asperger Syndrome. It can become so extensive that they may even appear to have Asperger’s Syndrome. Perhaps it may even bring out traits of this syndrome in some people. Perhaps, even, it may cause Asperger’s Syndrome??? Because of things like this, I spoke of this as the ‘pseudo-Asperger’s Syndrome’.
The fact is that much of the modern world was created by people with Asperger’s Syndrome. This could of appeared quite strongly, such as in Isaac Newton (see my article “How would you describe the character of Isaac Newton?“) and Albert Einstein, or mildly, as found with many Engineers. They are the people of science, engineering, chemistry, etc. Without them, the things of the modern world would probably of never of been created. Because of the success of what they created, their ways and techniques had to be emulated and recreated by other people in order to be successful. This has created, through a number of ways, what can be described as a proliferation or even an “infection” of the Asperger’s Syndrome mentality into society. This seems to of been done by a number of ways such as:
- People have to imitate them. What they did, people had to do, such as going to school 8 hours a day for years, having to do intensive study, etc. These tendencies actually tended to go against most peoples inclinations. In many ways, its this that made things like the University so hard for many people. Its not that it was hard necessarily but they had to do it the “Asperger way”.
- People had to use them as an example of how to do things. Their successful ways set the pattern. Because of this, people began to look up to them and aspire to them. This created, in a way, an ‘Asperger-trait cult’ in the Universities, science, etc. that looked at these qualities as desirable and a good thing. I, myself, was brought up with the ‘intellectual ideal’ of continuous study and such, which glorified much of this behavior.
In short, their ways were imitated and emulated because it achieved results. Because of this, normal people had to develop Asperger-like traits to also achieve results and, probably more importantly, to compete with them. In some respects, in going to school, such as the University, one was not in a competition of intelligence with other people but a competition of Asperger-like traits. Whoever developed them the best tended to do the best in school. Even many of the traits of so-called successful studying techniques (that’s taught today) sound amazingly Asperger-like. That’s probably no mistake. The pressure to be successful created a need to develop Asperger-like traits which, in the end, made a person become Asperger-like: the ‘pseudo-Asperger’s Syndrome’.
Initially, this tendency seemed to be focused on the Universities. Recently, though, there has developed a tendency in which it has carried down to public schooling today. This seems to of slowly increased after WWII and become a fact by about 2000. Its prevalence in the common people seems to be because of the pressure to succeed and the belief that every kid, and their dog, must go to the University (see my article “Thoughts on the problem of the inundation of people into college or the University). As a result, normal everyday kids are now being put under pressure to develop Asperger-like traits, whether they have them or not. In this way, schooling, at least in my opinion, is impairing kids nowadays (this is true on many levels, see my article “Thoughts on the ‘squashed mind’ – the impairing effects of formal education” and others) and one of these impairments is this attempt at making kids have Asperger-like traits. Perhaps even the automaton-like quality found in Asperger’s Syndrome has helped to view the kids as nothing but an automaton, robot, or machine, which is so prevalent today (see my article “Thoughts on an aspect of the youth of today . . . the creation of “the machines of the economy”“. If this is the case, it shows this tendency has gone so far that it has greatly influenced kids life, character, and society . . . far further than it should of ever gone. And it may go further than that. Many of the new “techno-toys” (computer games, cell phones, etc.) are as if only aggravating this condition. It seems to cater to this mentality which is only making it worse. In some respects, the reason why these toys may be popular is because they often emulate Asperger-like qualities in kids. In this way, its as if we have made the “Asperger way” a way of life for many kids!
I often felt I had a mild version of Asperger’s Syndrome (I was never diagnosed with it but I displayed many traits of it). I looked into how it appeared to me and wrote an article on it called “Describing My Condition“. In this article I described how I often called it the ‘myopic mind’ or ‘rift illness’ based on its character traits. I defined four traits of this condition:
- Over and under sensitivity to perception.
- Concentration issues.
- The “Crib Reflex” (the need to surround yourself with a ‘comfortable’ environment).
- Inability to ‘relate’ or ‘connect’ to things.
These same traits are often being seen in many kids today, with variations of course. In some cases, these traits seem excessive and exaggerated. In fact, I often feel many problems kids have, nowadays, may be a result of ‘pseudo-Asperger’s Syndrome’. Over the years I have been particularly skeptical of all the kids being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, for example. This diagnosis is being handed out to kids like candy. It seems, to me, that it has become a generic term for an ‘unaccommodating kid’ or ‘difficult kid’ which they cannot explain. I often wonder if it is more related to the ‘pseudo-Asperger’s Syndrome’, particularly manifesting the first two qualities. I cannot say.
The male and female seems to of reacted differently, of course, to the “Asperger way” of life, prevalent today, based on their different character traits. From what I have seen so far (which isn’t that extensive) there seems to be patterns.
The male tends to display qualities such as:
- He becomes hyper-like. This seems to be because of over sensitivity.
- He gets overly involved and addicted to things. This reflects over sensitivity and over concentration
- He can’t relate with things. This can appear as an apathy or an alienation.
The males seems to develop strong traits of over sensitivity, over concentration, and an inability to relate. This makes the male appear, overall, as if he was ‘disconnected’ and lost and even that he can’t control himself. It may also contribute to why many males are ‘dropping out’ of society and don’t want to participate in it (see my article “Thoughts on “failing” boys and males “dropping out”: “the male exodus” . . . another account of the fight against dehumanization???” and “More thoughts on “the male exodus” – the importance of a world that is worth the effort or ‘world worth’“).
The female tends to display qualities such as:
- They follow things slavishly, such as trend or the social media. This is a reflection of the ‘crib reflex’, the need to find a ‘comfortable surroundings’.
- They become robot-like. More than once have I called the female the “robot of society”.
- They have problems with a lack of self. This is a reflection of the inability to relate with things.
- They become oversensitive and overly ‘touchy’ about things. Even a glance, overhearing a statement, or knowledge of something that happened can “bother” them.
In short, the female seems to develop a strong ‘crib reflex’, which seems somewhat prevalent, and a tendency to over sensitivity. Because they become so rooted in following social trend, this gives the female the appearance of doing what’s acceptable, and, because of this, they are often viewed as not having any problems. In fact, they may appear ‘stable’. In short, the female character tends to hide the ‘pseudo-Asperger’s Syndrome’. Some of these traits are seen in what I call the ‘failed sex’ (see my article “Thoughts on the ‘failed sex’ – how many female traits have failed – a hidden crisis of the American female “). In fact, I would not be surprised if the ‘pseudo-Asperger’s Syndrome’ may of contributed to creating the ‘failed sex’.
More than once have I speculated that many of my “Asperger traits” may not be genuine at all and may of been learned. In other words, I developed the ‘pseudo-Asperger’s Syndrome’ by living in this society. This may of accounted to why it is so mild. Interestingly, a man who greatly influenced me probably had Asperger’s Syndrome: Isaac Newton (see my article “Thoughts on the three most influential men in my life and their significance to me – Newton, Freud, St. Antony – and the “great inquiry”“). Not only that, several of my best friends in grade school apparently had it (one felt he did). I’m pretty certain another one had it. In addition, I was in a society that emulated it. In short, I was surrounded by it. In a way, it would be no wonder why I developed it. Its this observation in myself that made me question if many other people were also being “taught” Asperger’s Syndrome by this society.
Copyright by Mike Michelsen