Jerry Seinfeld is well known for his comedic acts, his hit television show, and being an overall goofy guy. His fame and success may lead some to believe that he lives the perfect life. However, a recent interview on NBC Nightly News, with Brian Williams, revealed that his posh lifestyle may not be so perfect, after he revealed that he believes he is autistic.
Seinfeld mentioned his inability to pay attention to important matters at times, and other times he is unable to interact with others in various settings. In fact, he believes that social engagement is one of his biggest struggles. When speaking to others, he admits that the words that come out of their mouths are often misunderstood unless they are spoken in a literal sense. If they attempt to use any sort of off the wall expressions, it is often necessary to have them explain what is meant, according to the Insider.
“I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m 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 Seinfeld went on to explain that he doesn’t feel he has a disability.
“But I don’t see it as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”
Seinfeld told Brian Williams that even at the ripe age of 60, he is still figuring out who he is. Part of the discovery lead him to the discovery of the autism spectrum. After completing research of his own, Seinfeld has determined that he does reside within the spectrum, albeit leaning toward the side of high function.
Seinfeld also pondered his success and provided a bit of advice for those that are concerned about wealth and status, rather than their roots.
“If you’re more interested in what you have achieved or what your financial position enables you to do, than that thing that got those things, you’re screwed — in my opinion, you’re screwed.”
Although Jerry Seinfeld has not been officially diagnosed by a physician, an official statement regarding his mental health is not needed due to his ongoing understanding of himself and his desire to be the best that he can be with his talents. He doesn’t look at autism as a roadblock, and he isn’t hindered by the social stigma that surrounds it. Instead, he is focusing on himself and how to better live his life.
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