I decided to get screened for Asperger Syndrome and speech abnormalities (childhood deafness/isolated homeschooled childhood/behavioral problems as a child/no friends as a child, but some friends now). But supposing everything comes up as "normal," what to do? I am pretty sure I want to drop out of law school if I don't somehow get a SA in the next few weeks, but I am afraid that whatever it is that caused me to fail OCI will cause me to fail everything else in life also.
What have others in this scenario done to figure out their interpersonal problems? I have some good friends I got feedback from - but how would I go about addressing these things? Will these things make me a failure in everything else also? If so, what would I do to fix them?
1. anxious/uptight/"overthinks" [friend #1]
2. speech is too formal and not colloquial at all, unlike most lawyers. [friend #2]
3. voice sounds a little bit weird/monotone (childhood deafness, but not everyone agrees it sounds off) [several friends, anon. TLS poster]
4. doesn't really move head or body much while talking. Seems tense. But makes decent eye contact. [practicing attorney, something I noticed in a videoconference interiview]
5. Has trouble personalizing things. See also #2. [CSO]
6. Answers to standard law interview questions are overly "canned" or "commercialized." See #5. [CSO]
7. Makes a point to smile but doesn't really express genuine emotion. Fake smile. [friend #3]
A sectionmate wrote:
And yeah, I guess you're generally a little bit awkward (but so are a lot of law students). I don't think you're exceptionally awkward, though, and i can think of many others who are worse.
I have a very non-understanding family who thinks that I can succeed in law firm interviews by doing certain things "on command" like "be more confident" or "get more exercise - to be more relaxed" and that a JD is useful regardless of whether one wants to practice law. I'm not sure what to do, or how to fix myself for any decent career. Seeing a psychiatrist has not really helped since they are only trained to deal with things like depression, not the things on my list (or I haven't found one yet anyway...). Is what I'm doing (getting screened for Asperger/HFA) the right direction, or should I be doing something else?