Tuesday 30 June 2015

Are you an Endogenous personality (of the potential genius type)? Is someone you know?


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knifecatcher said...

Where does Aspergers fit in here? I'm thinking of hedge fund manager Michael Burry who had fantastic powers of concentration and made 100 million dollars in the crash of 2008.

“He found it maddeningly difficult to read people’s nonverbal signals, and their verbal signals he often took more literally than they meant them. When trying his best, he was often at his worst.”

“My nature is not to have friends,” he said. “I’m happy in my own head.”

Obsessiveness—that was another trait he came to think of as peculiar to himself. His mind had no temperate zone: he was either possessed by a subject or not interested in it at all.

Even as a small child he had a fantastic ability to focus and learn, with or without teachers. When it synched with his interests, school came easy for him—so easy that, as an undergraduate at U.C.L.A., he could flip back and forth between English and economics and pick up enough pre-medical training on the side to get himself admitted to the best medical schools in the country. He attributed his unusual powers of concentration to his lack of interest in human interaction,


Bruce Charlton said...

@k - Asperger's is very imprecise and doesn't have any clear diagnostic meaning - it is just a shorthand for a range of personality traits in a range of people - some of which are deficits and some of which are simply a difference in emphasis.

So, yes, some people who nowadays get called Asperger's syndrome are better considered to be (what I am calling) Endogenous; while others are people with neurological damage or deficits of one sort or another.

The most obvious difference is creativity. One kind of Asperger's person is extremely un-creative, extremely rigid, merely wanting multiple repetitions of the same thing; but others called by that name are highly creative in their chosen field - they would be the Endogenous ones.