Fox Show Lie To Me Character Antithesis to Autism Individual

Fox Show Lie To Me Character Antithesis to Autism Individual

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?

1 comment to Fox Show Lie To Me Character Antithesis to Autism Individual

  • A. R. Rigby

    On the contrary, Dr. Lightman shows many aspects of being on the autism spectrum. The show made a point of his not having the natural ability to read emotions. Everything he knows is from study. Torres is the antithesis because she has the natural talent to do what he had to spend years learning. If he has Asperger Syndrome he would most likely have little to no ability in reading body language or expressions. He would start with a blank slate and build up his knowledge base with a scientific approach. Unlike those who have learned to accept facades as truth, he looks at reactions nearly all people cannot control. Dr. Lightman’s mannerisms, his brusqueness, his preoccupation with a single topic, his concentration levels–all are characteristics that have, somewhere along the line, been associated with Asperger Syndrome. His genius is obvious and his maverick nature can also be associated with someone who is a high-functioning autistic. Those of us with Asperger Syndrome can work very hard at appearing to be Neurotypical, but even after many decades, some observant teenager will put a finger in your face and say, “You have Asperger’s!”

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