The Fox Show “Lie To Me” is in it’s second season. We like to look at characters on television and see autism characteristics. We speculate if a certain character is on the spectrum.
While I was watching the latest episode of “Lie To Me,” I considered the lead character, Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and how his character seems to be the antithesis of an autistic individual. In case you are not familiar with the show and it’s characters, let me explain. The show is about reading people’s faces and body language to tell if they are lying, hiding something, angry, happy, etc..
Dr. Cal Lightman is an expert in reading people’s emotions. It occurred to me how easily this character does this, compared to an autistic individual. My son has difficulties telling what others are feelings. He is always asking me how I am feeling. If I am upset, sad, whatever. He has a tendency to go strictly by the words you say, not what he sees in your body language, the tone of your voice, or your face.
I also noticed that, even though the character of Dr. Cal Lightman can read people so easily, he has difficulties in socializing with others. That makes me wonder, is it possible to be too good at reading the emotions of others?
I just think it’s interesting how something we work so hard to teach our children is the focal point of a television show. I also think it is interesting how the character that is so great at this on the show has difficulties with social interactions. What do you think?