After the thread on women, I want to start one on another controversial topic: autistic spectrum disorders, in particular Asperger’s syndrome, in go. For those of you who have never heard of it, I will paste the symptoms according to the DSM IV:
A. Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:
- marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction.
- failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level.
- a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people (e.g. by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people).
- lack of social or emotional reciprocity.
B. Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:
- encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus.
- apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals.
- stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements).
- persistent preoccupation with parts of objects.
C. The disturbance causes clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning
D. There is no clinically significant general delay in language (e.g., single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years).
E. There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior (other than social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood.
F. Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia.
My theory is that there are more people on the autism spectrum among go players than in the normal population (and maybe it increases as the go strength increases?).
Certainly asking here will not resolve this doubt, but I would like to see what kind of answers there will be.
Votes are anonymous but feel free to share your answers (or whatever you think about this subject) if you want
Do you think you might be on the autistic spectrum?
- No, I’m the most sociable person ever
- I recognise myself in some things but not in everything
- I think I am autistic
- I have an official diagnosis
How prevalent do you think it is in the go community?
- Less than in the normal population
- As in the normal population (~1%)
- More than in the normal population, but less than 20%
- More than 20%
- More than 50%