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boner - 2010-10-31

Sweetie, I'm glad I didn't abort you.

BorrowedSolution - 2010-10-31

Asperger's gives you a british accent?? Huh.

In all seriousness, though; this was sweet, and this boy doesn't sound like there's anything wrong with him. I don't think being 'socially awkward' is indicative of anything other than the fact that you might be too busy thinking to actually foster a large quantity of social interactions. I was a lot like that (still am) but it never really bothered me until I started to compare myself to other people. Then I found it really depressing because it seemed like I was missing out on something. That's where the 'awkwardness' started for me.

But as I got a bit older I started to find a new appreciation for myself and I came to realise that some people just don't need that kind of constant interaction to feel whole. This doesn't have anything to do with "normal" or "abnormal" behaviour, nobody can be right about something so subjective.It also doesn't mean that you can't foster quality relationships that produce positive benefits.

Or maybe I'm just a giant loser with no friends and poor social skills and I'm just consoling myself.

5 stars anyways.

Xenocide - 2010-10-31

It's become so trendy to take kids' social quirks and turn them into "disorders." I'm sure the people coming up with these terms mean well (mostly) but do we really need to tell kids there's something wrong with them because they have different priorities than we'd like them to?

There are children with real, serious mental issues out there, but we're cheapening their plight when we try to affix the mental disorder label to any kid who doesn't feel like playing in the sandbox. We used to call kids like that nerds or loners, which isn't great but certainly a step up from telling them "the reason you're shy around the other children is because you've got BRAIN PROBLEMS," and then jamming their gullets full of pills.

ToucheTurtle - 2010-10-31

Sure. Take this video, strip out mention of Asperger's and I think it would take someone obsessed with the idea of an Autistic spectrum (like, you know, a child psychologist who has built a career out of such diagnoses) to think there was something wrong.

That's not to say that the boy in the video doesn't have other issues that are indicative of an actual life-affecting "problem", but simply being into nature and not very interested in playing social pokemon like his sister is completely normal stuff.

Adramelech - 2010-11-01

You are missing out on something.

Labeling these people as "nerds" and watching dismissively as they go on to become lonely virgins as if it's a "quirk" is something straight out of the early days of mental health. It is not normal to lack social skills and interactions on any level. It's not a preference, it indicates a problem.

We can recognize and quantify these things now. With enough work we can treat them and fix people. I know people with Asperger's and no one should have to live that way.

Dr Dim - 2010-11-01

If you fix them then who will update Wikipedia?

spikestoyiu - 2010-11-01

I dunno. I really lacked real-life social skills a bit when I was younger, and on into my early twenties. I'm not sure what fixed me -- I did do a lot of traveling -- but I woke up one day and was like, "I'm going to go talk to everyone".

Xenocide - 2010-11-01

I had a somewhat similar experience. I don't think it was a "woke up one day" thing so much as a slow build over the course of years. My adolescent years sucked, but everything since has been pretty damn great, in large part BECAUSE I had to overcome that hurdle and learned to value myself and my relationships far more than if I'd have social proficiency and personal confidence handed to me.

But I only managed that because I didn't listen to the throngs of professionals who insisted that there was something wrong with me. Not every kid is a stubborn little prick like I was (am) though, and many of them are going to take that assessment at face value and give up on improving themselves.

Wander - 2010-11-01

Guys, when you get diagnosed with Asperger's, nobody comes up to you and says "You are broken, but we can fix you with pills!" There aren't medical treatments for Asperger's, and actually the whole treatment idea is to show them the places where they are better at things than other people and places where they are worse at things than other people, and to try and help them figure out how to deal with that. The only place I see people with Asperger's regularly disparaged and told they are broken is here on the internet.

BorrowedSolution - 2010-10-31

This makes me think of the whole ADD issue. If little Johnny doesn't pay attention in class, but you can't pry him away from his xbox after six hours, is that truly indicative of a lack of ability to concentrate? Or is it that he doesn't want to pay attention to what you're trying to force him to do?

That's not to say that children shouldn't understand the importance of concentration in one form or another, but to tell them that they have a problem because they're bored with something that they find personally boring is a bit much.
It's more of a disciplinary issue and, right or wrong, it should be dealt with as such, not given a trendy label and fobbed off to a therapist.

BorrowedSolution - 2010-10-31

Meant to be a reply. ^^^

fluffy - 2010-10-31

Asperger syndrome is a real thing (which really does make a huge difference in how people behave and learn and deal with each other), but the difference between an actual Asperger kid and the vast throngs of "little Jimmy is having trouble socializing so he's got Asperger syndrome" kids is night and day.

Rape Van Winkle - 2010-10-31

This was cute.

WHO WANTS DESSERT - 2010-11-01

5 stars for a bunch of morons with absolutely no psychological training who think they know better than actual clinical psychologists because they saw the ADHD episode of South Park and can therefore boast that a child was misdiagnosed based on a 4 minute video.

BorrowedSolution - 2010-11-01

I don't think anybody here said that he was misdiagnosed (I just said he sounds normal TO ME) or that his mother shouldn't be concerned for his well-being. It could very well be that he fits the diagnosis of asperger's. So what?

I highly doubt that somebody's going to stumble on this comment string and that it will consequently change this young man's life. Let us be armchair psychologists, and you can continue to be an armchair asshole, and we'll all be happy (except you, you seem miserable.)

Sean Robinson - 2010-11-01

Maybe instead of dismissing an entire scientific process of evaluation and treatment though, you can instead FUCKING DIE IN A FIRE.

baleen - 2010-11-01

I'm sure this is a great video I'm just one-starring the description.

kwash - 2010-11-01


knowless - 2010-11-01

she just sounds like an inattentive mother. her tone is patronizing and spiteful. she is lying to him, and labeling it as a disease.

Hooker - 2010-11-01

Well, someone took their own baggage to the video.

Dr Dim - 2010-11-01

She seems really nice, especially considering her kid is an annoying little nerd who sounds like a Speak n Spell.

Seris - 2010-11-01

I sort of picked up that vibe too :|

fatatty - 2010-11-01

What the fuck are you talking about?

knowless - 2010-11-01

i mean exactly what i said. that is what im talking about.

astropod five - 2010-11-01

Wouldn't it make more sense to say that people seemed to like Amy more because everybody loves babies, rather than that even though she cries and poops all the time she has more natural charm than her brother?

Slagathor - 2010-11-01

He doesn't think differently than you do, you fucking moron, it is already quite clear that he thinks better than you do.

joelkazoo - 2012-01-29

Awww, this is so sweet!

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