After Mark Zuckerberg, Vincent Van Gogh, Marie Curie, Andy Warhol, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or even Albert Einstein, Lionel Messi, Eminem and Thomas Edison, the famous entrepreneur Elon Musk joins the list of celebrities with a specific appearance of autism: Spray (1 ).
From genius to creativity there is only one step!
The form in which Elon Musk “suffers” was revealed in 1944 by Dr. Hans Asperger, an Austrian doctor, described at that time ” behavioral problems in some children who had normal development of their intelligence and language, but showed marked impairment in social interactions and communication », Details Isabelle Hénault, psychologist.
Does this mean that Elon Musk, whose IQ is a priori higher than 155, will finally be endowed with normal intelligence? No, things are not so binary in the world of neuro-atypia (2), a true color chart of neurological particularities (DYS disorders, hypersensitivity, high intellectual potential, etc.).
definitely, ” cognitively, Asperger’s patients have average intellectual functioning “, describes Isabelle Hénault. But it happens, and it seems to be the case with Elon Musk, whose intellectual level is ” in the upper part of the population », along with “ a great memory capacity as well as the ability to develop remarkable passions and talents “.
And according to Dr. Asperger, whose work was not publicized until the 1980s, ” these extravagant individuals can achieve a certain level of success and fit into society “. To all these points, Elon Musk responded in the present!
Still according to Isabelle Hénault, “ for a person to get a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s syndrome, it is necessary, in addition to the criteria usually determined for the diagnosis of autism, that his intelligence quotient (IQ) is (at a higher level) “. That’s why we understand that not all cases of Asperger’s autism are associated with a form of ” supra-intelligence “.
Family history, fixation tendencies, frozen expression
But the new Twitter boss will experience, like all Asperger’s patients, significant difficulties in maintaining continuous communication and satisfying social relationships.
Other peculiarities associated with this neurological disorder, compared to typical forms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ” a later appearance [des difficultés]frequent family history, less frequent neurological disorders, more favorable prognosis “. But also an increased attitude difficulty understanding puns, expressing one’s own emotions accurately, intuitively recognized “others. In one group, the patient may experience a form of ” weakness “.
The autistic patient Asperger has a large number of subjects of ” predilection “in the midst of his interest, as far as he can” make adjustments »on a particular theme, « without worrying whether the person they are talking to is interested in it or not “.
He is also struggling apply the instructions “. At this point, perhaps Elon Musk’s space conquest projects can be part of this way of continuing: to encourage humanity at all costs to conquer space for one day to live there and to concretely his project a little more every day.
At the neurosensory level, and here we don’t have all this data about Elon Musk, Asperger’s autism is characterized by ” hyper or hyposensitivity of some senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell), frequent awkward gestures, a particular posture, a facial expression that is often frozen and not very energetic “.
But also a strong tendency to intellectualize feelings, emotions and sensations, difficulty making eye contact, motor tics, possible difficulty recognizing faces (prosopagnosia) “.
1: As a reminder, there are many variants and several degrees of autism, which is why today we speak more of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than autism.
2: Cerebral specifics may be the origin of Asperger’s syndrome, with overactivity of the left hemisphere (seat of language, reasoning and logic) compared to the right hemisphere (seat of empathy and creativity).