Seinfeld, who is married with three children, explained that he feels that he is somewhere on the autism spectrum. He said that as he has gotten older, he has noticed more signs that he may have the disorder including- “never paying attention to the right things” and having trouble with social interaction.
“I think on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the [autism] spectrum. You know, never paying attention to the right things. Basic social engagement is really a struggle,” Seinfeld told news anchor Brian Williams. “I’m very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don’t know what they’re saying. But I don’t see it as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”
Seinfeld is best known for playing his self-titled role in the ’90s comedy sitcom Seinfeld.
Seinfeld was speaking to NBC News about his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. “They’re the only kind of people that I feel completely relaxed around,” he said of his fellow comedians. “It’s kind of an interesting sub-breed of humanity. I wanted to see if I could capture it and show people, ‘Look at this group of people. Aren’t they unusual?'”
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According to Autismspeaks.org, autism and autism spectrum disorder are disorders “characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.”