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Have you ever encountered a personality like this? What is it?

Asked by trailsillustrated (15042 points ) November 20th, 2012

A person who has no interest nor curiosity in anyone, or anything, outside of what they are doing, right now. They can only talk into your face about random things that they are doing at the moment. It’s like your not even there? They may ask you a question, but as you’re are getting the words out of your mouth in answer, they are onto some other entirely unrelated thing? What is this and have you ever met someone like this?

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Brian1946's avatar

As the foremost amateur psycho-analyst in my house*, my guess is that the person could be autistic or have ADHD.

*I live alone. ;-)

augustlan's avatar

I was going to suggest autism, too.

cookieman's avatar

Sounds like an autistic student I have, but I certainly can’t say for sure.

How do you know this person?

poisonedantidote's avatar

Sounds like someone who is self absorbed and high on some kind of drug, that is the only time I have ever seen anything like that, even then your description is not exactly like what I am thinking about.

I have only met a couple of people with autism, and they seemed quiet to me, so I can’t comment on that.

trailsillustrated's avatar

@cookieman actually I have known this person for many years. Always eccentric, but not the bat shit raver that he has become. I know no drugs are involved. This person is old. (66)

poisonedantidote's avatar

Some kind of dementia or alzheimers?

ragingloli's avatar

His soul has been stolen by a demon.

Shippy's avatar

To me sounds like a mild stoke with some parts of the brain (cognitive) destroyed. People that can only respond to immediate stimuli with no topics or thoughts of their own, are brain impaired.

bookish1's avatar

Sounds like what my ex would call “Aspie focus”.

marinelife's avatar

It sounds like autism or Asperger’s syndrome or extreme narcissism.

Seek's avatar

In the mid-60s, any extreme personality changes should be reviewed by a competent physician. He could be experiencing anything from Alzheimer’s or Dementia to a stroke or aneurysm in the brain.

Coloma's avatar

Well, psychiatric conditions aside certain personalty types have certain communication styles.
SJ ( sensing, judging ) types are detail and event oriented and talk mostly about the details of their daily life in the here and now. I am an NT ( intuitive thinking ) type and we do not enjoy boring small talk, aside form the basic catch up stuff with others. We are all about ideas and concepts and theory and can bounce from one idea/topic, to the next with great ease and fluidity.

Every temperament is prone to certain corresponding personality disorders or issues as well. Impossible to say without professional diagnosis but, doesn’t really matter. If you find someone to be impossible to have a rewarding conversation with just avoid them.

augustlan's avatar

If this behavior is new, and he’s in his 60s, he needs to see a doctor.

wildpotato's avatar

Sounds like narcissistic personality disorder to me. Psychotherapy would be good. The therapist should be chosen carefully – it is difficult and highly frustrating to treat NPDs because the therapist’s reality is not allowed in the room – interpretations by the therapist are immediately rejected because the patient can’t tolerate the reality of an other mind as a possible source of truth.

downtide's avatar

If it’s a new trait it might be the beginnings of dementia. If he’s always been like that I’d say aspergers or some other mild autism.

jrpowell's avatar

Sounds like a teenager.

cheebdragon's avatar

“Asperger’s syndrome symptoms include:

Engaging in one-sided, long-winded conversations, without noticing if the listener is listening or trying to change the subject
Displaying unusual nonverbal communication, such as lack of eye contact, few facial expressions, or awkward body postures and gestures
Showing an intense obsession with one or two specific, narrow subjects, such as baseball statistics, train schedules, weather or snakes
Appearing not to understand, empathize with or be sensitive to others’ feelings
Having a hard time “reading” other people or understanding humor
Speaking in a voice that is monotonous, rigid or unusually fast
Moving clumsily, with poor coordination” more info…

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