Suffering from... Aspergoid syndrome?

People suffering from Aspergoid syndrome seem normal at first, but go a little deeper and you may not escape...

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor,
Last Updated: 11 Oct 2010

They are sticklers for detail, remember every conversation you ever had with them and do better than most in business. But no-one wants to sit next to them in the office or at dinner. Boorish, boring, repetitive, awkward and often loud, Aspergoids have this amazing ability to keep rambling on, despite your attempts to change the conversation.

Tell a sufferer it's raining outside and he/she will give you a meteorological recap of the past two weeks. Aspergoid syndrome, a term coined by a GP, is not severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life - in fact, sufferers tend to be very successful. Chit-chat, gossip, even shop talk is something they just don't know how to do. Take Gordon Brown, for example, who calls staff at 10 o'clock in the evening to discuss post-neoclassical endogenous growth theory. He forgets that not everyone wants a lecture on economics over dinner. Aspergoids are rarely fully cured, but they can learn to hide the symptoms. So they may remember to ask about your day, but are likely to stare out the window during your reply. It helps to think of them as a Google search engine and keep conversations short, factual and to the point.

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