Recently I found some interesting research on the DNA of autism. This was an article by psychologist Laura Sanders - One Problem, Many Paths - that I found in the August 13, 2011 edition of Science News. Two studies of families where neither parent was affected by autism, but there was one high-functioning autistic child, identified roughly … Continue reading Autism | One Problem, Many Paths
Have you read Thomas Hardy's 1895 novel, Jude the Obscure? If you haven't, it's the story of Jude Fawley, a shy, intelligent, sensitive boy, then man, who is too shy, intelligent and sensitive to fit into a callous, indifferent and hypocritical world. Jude is working class, but he longs to become a Greek and Latin scholar … Continue reading Rescuing Jude
In my book The Shyness Guide, I warn readers against totally committing themselves to a diagnosis they've received from a doctor, or have just chosen for themselves. Because of decades working as a personal injury adjuster, watching psychologists and psychiatrists aggressively disagree with each other, I've grown wary of psychological labels. But there is one label I'm … Continue reading HSP – Highly Sensitive Person
Sigmund Freud once said that if he could live his life again, he would devote it instead to research into paranormal phenomena. His one time professional associate, later professional enemy, Carl Jung, said near the end of his life that he thought the biggest scientific event of the 21st century would be the beginning of … Continue reading Paranormal World
Recently I came upon a post by a Toronto journalist celebrating the many ravines in Toronto, the refuge of much local wildlife, valleys created by the rivers that run south through our city. As someone who has been exploring those places since the 1960s, I know them well and I celebrate them too. But when … Continue reading Wild New York
In my book, The Shyness Guide, I say that if you learn to accept your shyness you become less shy. It's true. When you're no longer concerned about being shy, you no longer suffer anxiety, so it's easier to talk to people. Simple as that. But that isn't all you gain from accepting your shyness. Once the … Continue reading Shy Confidence
Here is another post from my previous blog, Loner's Highway. In this case it's a review of the book, Party of One - The Loner's Manifesto, by Anneli Rufus. What a book! It's written with style and erudition, yet Ms Rufus comes across as if she's sitting on the other side of a table from you, … Continue reading Party of One | A review
Why are so few people interested in the universe?
In the Jan/Feb 20014 edition of Atlantic, an article by journalist Scott Stossel told about his life-long debilitating anxiety, and discussed the nature of anxiety. Look at this excerpt: Is pathological anxiety a medical illness, as Hippocrates and Aristotle and many modern psychopharmacologists would have it? Or is it a philosophical problem, as Plato and Spinoza … Continue reading What is Anxiety?