Autism Monologue, Jibber-Jabber, Info-Dump, and Word-Vomit
The Autistic Trait That Everyone Hates
What is an Autistic Monologue?
There is a particular tendency among many of us who have High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HF ASD) to often speak incessantly about our own special interests, all the while being inherently clueless of non-verbal cues of of disinterest from the listener.
There are several aptly described words for this trait within the Autistic Community, such as: Monologue, Info-Dump, and the more distastefully graphic phrase, Word-Vomit.
The Big Bang television series if off the air now, and although the show’s creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady have always denied writing Sheldon as having High Functioning Autism or ¹ Asperger’ Syndrome, they have always denied it.
That is hard to believe as the character Dr. Sheldon Cooper had so many obviously HF ASD/Asperger’s traits that it seems that the writers literally used the DSM as a reference book in writing their script.
If you were a Big Bang Theory fan, you may remember a scene from Series 04 Episode 23 – “The Engagement Reaction”, where Penny refers to Sheldon’s tendency to monologue as “jibber-jabber”. What is relevant to this story and hilarious, is that even after this tendency is brought to Sheldon’s attention, he is still totally clueless and and continues with his Monologue even to the point of Monologuing about the origin of the word “jibber-jabber”. Penny had apparently had enough by now and interrupts Sheldon with the punch-line: “Oh, my God, you’re about to jibber-jabber about jibber-jabber.”
Monologue about Monologuing/Jibber-Jabbber about Jibber Jabber
Bazinga! – They are one and the same!
Even more baffling to the listener, is that in addition to these Monologues about our special interests, they can actually be about any subject of any kind, and we can even about Monologuing itself, and we spontaneously spout the words out without warning.