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
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
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
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?
The biggest problem with autism is that no one knows what it is,or what causes it. That's why the debates about it are so confusing and unrewarding. People aren't talking about the same thing. I was very interested in autism when I was writing The Birdcatcher, and that continued as I worked on The Shyness Guide. In both books … Continue reading The Autism Matrix – a new vision
I've been asking myself this since I was in high school in the 1960s. That's when I read the chapters in H.G. Wells's Outline of History, where he introduced me to the evolution of early humans. Inspired, I read everything I could find on human origins. Over the years I noticed that most writers assumed that humanity … Continue reading Are We a Social Animal?
Recently I discovered the AVEN site - The Asexual Visibility and Educational Network. Although I've noticed over the years that there are men and women who show little interest in sex, sometimes none at all, I was not aware that this is now seen, at least by the AVEN people, as a fourth sexual orientation. … Continue reading AVEN and Asexuality
Did you, like me, use to think autism was some form of mental retardation? If so, you and I weren't wrong. But we weren't right either. In my case, it wasn't until the 1990s that I began to understand that there are intelligent, socially functioning autistic people in the world - those with Asperger's, etc. … Continue reading The Autism Matrix | a review