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“Go away. You're standing in my aura.”
~ Oscar Wilde on Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome (pronounced ASS-burger SIN-drome) is a semi-voluntary behavioural disorder in the guise of a more serious and involuntary neurodevelopmental disability. The horrible consequences of Asperger Syndrome include: not making small talk, tendency to think for yourself against the herd, and high intelligence. Completely opposite the language issues common to Autism, those afflicted with Asperger Syndrome are linguistically verbose, to the point of vexation.

Statistically it affects an undue number of radio talk show hosts and Hollywood actors, though it has yet to be determined whether the behavior guides ultimate vocation, or whether the condition results from prolonged exposure to ego-stroking. Some theorists believe that the entire Japanese people suffer from Asperger's Syndrome because of their tendency to stay emotionally detached in all situations except seppuku.

edit Origin

Asperger Syndrome was invented by Dr. Hans Asperger, PhD, MD, DDM, DVS, Esq. III as a way to explain his son's inability to achieve civility. Soon after his initial publications on Asperger's Syndrome, other doctors and psychologists began questioning the legitimacy of this new disorder. Primarily, their concern was that by coming too soon on the heels of Autism, Asperger Syndrome would delegitimize acceptance of abnormal antisocial and borderline psychotic behaviour. While many famous celebrities have pushed for greater social acceptance of antisocial behavior, such works could be undermined by a rapid influx of new disorders designed to explain what would otherwise be called "being an asshole".

edit Classification and diagnosis

Asperger Syndrome is defined in section 299.80 of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) by the following criteria:

  1. Voluntary impairment in social interaction;
  2. The presence of expected, repetitive and stereotyped behaviors and interests;
  3. Significant impairment in "giving a shit";
  4. No significant delay in inappropriate language;
  5. No significant delay in cognitive development, self-help skills, or adaptive behaviors (other than social interaction); and,
  6. The symptoms must not be better accounted for by another specific pervasive developmental disorder or schizophrenia.

Asperger Syndrome is specifically an autism mimicry disorder (AMD), one of five assumed conditions characterized by moderate to severe self-obsession. Alleged sufferers are characterized by average intellect but poor social skills, with the perception of others as pawns, pissants, or items of decor — existing either as the obstacles or the means to an end.

The following sample scenario may help to illustrate the condition. For reasons of privacy, the names below are random and completely fictitious.

Spielberg: Alec! Great to see you. You look fabulous! How are you feeling?
Baldwin: (says nothing, but looks like he's just inhaled something foul)
Spielberg: I've got some exciting shots planned for today. Are you up for it?
Baldwin: (wears an expression conveying a mix of incredulousness, resentment, disgust, pity, and bemusement, with just a hint of boredom)
Spielberg: There's been a few changes to the script, do you mind looking them over?
Baldwin:: (butts his cigarette out in Spielberg's extended hand)
Spielberg:: You... you asshat! I'll see to it that you never work in this town again!
Baldwin: (convulses spontaneously to release strategically directed flatulence towards "Spielberg's" thigh)

As Steven the victim of our scenario quite astutely observed, Asperger bears a striking resemblance to asinine but otherwise legally sane behaviour. But is it?

Angry bush

A sufferer of late-stage Asperger Syndrome.

edit Research

edit Behavioural

Study into the validity of the disorder began with simple observation and notation of the behaviours of those identified by peers as potentially afflicted. In order to complete a true clinical trial, a significant pool of Asperger sufferers (referenced hereafter as insufferables) were identified and placed together in a large room. The observation log follows:

  • 0-15 minutes — Subjects scattered to separate parts of the room, ignoring each other but talking to (or about) themselves. Some remained mostly still with the exception of finger drumming or pensive chin holding, while others gestured dramatically as they spoke, like alumni of the Billy Graham Institute for Evangelical Arts.
  • 16-30 minutes — Traits of Idiot Savant emerged when some of the insufferables started to repeat personal monologues in high pitched voices (later identified as famous theater monologues written mainly in the 19th century), sometimes even with signs of emotional expression.
  • 31-45 minutes — Most participants were visably disconcerted by the lack of personal attention, but not so much that they actually moved to interact with others. Instead, the theme of their speeches changed from self-aggrandizement to demands for coffee, cigarettes, publicity and stuff you'd have to ask Eddie Murphy or Hugh Grant where to find.
  • 46-60 minutes — Whining was largely replaced by crying, stomping, pouting, shouting, temper tantrums, throwing objects, fire and brimstone, and the threat of litigation as well as denials that other people who had been diagnosed were "real" aspies (it turns out that this is normal, aspies want to think they're special, so they like to think they're the only one). Outbursts of uncontrollable aggression and violent manners were observed, as insufferables were informed that they had been part of a scientific observation and that there is not going to be any audition for the leading role in Onkel Vanja.

edit Medical

Once the subject pool had been sufficiently placated with flowers, apologies, Crown Royal, cocaine, and miscellaneous personal services that accountants know better than to ask for clarification about, they were subjected to Magnanimousness Resonance Imaging (MRI) to scan for trace amounts of selflessness, courage, nobility, or forgiveness. Surprisingly, the subjects were found to have possessed each in the normal quantities at birth, but the traits had atrophied from lack of use.

edit Conclusion

CAUSES: Still unknown, but Asperger Syndrome itself seems little more than an attempt by irritatingly self-absorbed people to have carte blanche to treat fellow human beings like the stuff you might scrape off the bottom of a swine farmer's boots.

TREATMENT: Sadly, there is no cure, but some are able to lead an almost normal life by hiring a good public relations firm and an expensive team of lawyers.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about current trends in Asperger Syndrome, read your local newspaper and scan the headlines for any mention of Russell Crowe.

edit Other related diseases

Many scientists also suspect a link between Asperger Syndrome and the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with which it shares a similar concentration fatigue. Exposed to emotional stress, ADHD sufferers become unfocused and dramatically outwardly overacting in the same way that Asperger insufferables do not. ADHD is considered to be the normal mental stage amongst those action flick directors that have succeeded in making a decent career despite lacking a severe coke addiction. This enforces the suspicion of psychiatrists that the Hollywood-link to these diseases is more then a simple statistical correlation. In fact, it seems that the movie industry is both the attractor and cause behind the entire light brain damage psychic disorder family.

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