Does Sheldon Cooper Have Asperger Syndrome?

Technically, Asperger Syndrome is no longer included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Instead, it has been folded into the autism spectrum disorder, which encompasses a range of neurodevelopmental disorders that are distinguished by repetitive behaviors as well as serious challenges when it comes to social interaction. Regardless, Asperger’s Syndrome used to refer to a milder sort of autism spectrum disorder, meaning that people who were diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder possessed normal capabilities relative to other people who were diagnosed with other autism spectrum disorders.

Does Sheldon Cooper Have Asperger Syndrome?

Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory has often been speculated to be someone with Asperger Syndrome. For proof, look no further than the numerous articles that have been written about the issue as well as the discussions that have sprung up around them over the course of the sitcom’s existence. Naturally, there is a wide range of opinions about whether Sheldon has Asperger Syndrome or not.

First, it should be mentioned that the show-makers have stated that the character was not written with the intention of him being interpreted as someone with Asperger Syndrome. They acknowledge that the character shows behaviors that are often associated with people with Asperger Syndrome, but they remain insistent that both in-setting and out-of-setting, no one can be sure whether Sheldon has it or not because he has never been diagnosed. Suffice to say that this is a somewhat wishy-washy position, which isn’t helped by a rather unfortunate statement that they don’t want to confirm whether Sheldon has Asperger’s Syndrome or not because they don’t want to be limited by what such an individual would and wouldn’t do.

Second, Jim Parsons shares the show-makers’ position but some of his statements make it clear that he thinks that Sheldon shows behaviors that are often associated with people with Asperger Syndrome. In fact, he has stated that his performance as the character has been influenced by a memoir written by John Elder Robinson, an active member of the autism rights movement who has worked with KISS, Milton Bradley Company, Simplex, and ISOREG in a wide range of careers. As a result, it is no wonder that there is such an enormous number of people who believe that Sheldon has Asperger Syndrome.

Summed up, there is no real official answer to the question of whether Sheldon has Asperger Syndrome or not. Furthermore, it seems probable that there will be no official answer for the foreseeable future because of the show-makers’ chain of reasoning. However, it is important to note that there are a lot of people who believe that he does, including a fair number of people who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Some of these people see Sheldon as a positive figure because of his lack of hesitation to be who he is, whereas others are not so fond of what they interpret to be jokes about autism without a willingness to acknowledge that they are jokes about autism. In this as in other things, people are people, meaning that they have a wide range of opinions about the issue that cannot be summed up in a single succinct sentence.



Leave a Reply

Is Sitting Too Close to the TV Really Bad for You?
The Celebrities Who Have Narrated “Thomas and Friends”
Demoralizing Documentary About Amazon’s Recruiting Of Retired Seniors As Seasonal Workers
Why “Blue Planet II” is the Best Nature TV Series Ever
There’s No Reason There Can’t Be Good Video Game Movies
10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Matchstick Men”
Five of our Favorite Hula Hooping Scenes in Movies
Will “Tomb Raider” Break the Bad Video Game Movie Curse?
The Duke Nukem Theme Song Performed by a Hardware Orchestra
The Top Uses of Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” in Movies
Rick Moranis Sings “Turning Japanese” Lounge Style In Classic Clip From SCTV
Guy Performs The Star Wars Cantina Song On A Rubik’s Cube While Solving It
The Best True Professional Hockey Story of All-Time: Eddie Shore
DePaul Hoops Walk On is Becoming a Celebrity for his Bench Antics
Check out Shaq’s Tree of all The Rims He Tore Down in his Career
LaVar Ball’s New 16,000 Square Foot House Tour Will Annoy You Even More
Guy Builds 15-Minute Long ‘Aliens’ Themed Roller Coaster In Sim Game
Mom Confronts Son about Porn While He’s Live Streaming Video Games
Looks like the Game Boy Classic Edition is Making a Return
The Three Best VR Games of 2017 for Oculus Rift
Hitler Apparently Had a Secret Passion for Disney Characters
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Daniel Kaluuya
Ann Curry Opens Up About Controversial ‘Today’ Show Exit
Mila Kunis named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year