Comedic mastermind Jerry Seinfeld believes he has an explanation for the way his mind works.
“I think, on a very drawn out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum,” Jerry told NBC’s Brian Williams of autism.
In the voiceover, Brian said Jerry has made a point of learning more about autism spectrum disorders in recent years and “sees it in himself.” During the interview, Jerry explained that’s because he relates to many of the markers identified on the spectrum.
“Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I’m very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don’t know what they’re saying,” Jerry, 60, said. He also said he’s only “completely relaxed” around other comics. Still, he doesn’t think that makes him dysfunctional. He added, “I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”
As researchers continue to learn more about autism, the spectrum of disorders that may be related to it has been broadened. What is now called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is really an umbrella diagnosis for those with Asperger’s syndrome, autistic disorder and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Common signs are troubles with social interaction and communication as well as very specific interests.