If I had to have a syndrome and got to choose which one, I think William's would be the one for me.
It makes people look like garden gnomes. And causes people to behave like Spongebob Squarepants.
What puts this syndrome at the top of my syndrome list is that the people who have it are genetically predisposed to be pleasant. They are extremely social, verbal and overly friendly with everyone they meet. They have a cocktail party type personality that is very endearing and can strike up a conversation with anyone, anytime, anywhere. People with the condition are highly empathetic and studies show they do not discriminate against class or race.
William's is caused when a certain gene in the 7th chromosome is missing, and 1 in every 7,500 - 20,000 babies are born with it. And like every syndrome it comes with various health challenges (i.e. heart problems or sensitivity to noise). But I can think of plenty of times when a 'friendly gene' could come in handy.
For instance, I could have used a little bit of William's syndrome two days ago when I road raged someone who cut me off. Or the time I wanted to network at an event but ended up just speaking to the person I went to the event with. Or when I was too shy to talk to Ron Livingston when we walked past each other in the underground mall. Hitler would have benefitted enormously from getting just a spoonful of Williams. As would of Christian Bale that infamous day on the 'Terminator' set.
here are some of my favorite William Syndrome faces:
And one thing is for sure - next time I need to break out of my shy I'll be thinking 'what would a William's do?'