There are so many books about autism that turn out to be disappointing because they mostly rehash all the old arguments. Many writers just want to promote their ideas while they wear blinders so they can ignore the opposition. So I wasn't particularly enthused when I came upon Neurotribes – The Legacy of Autism and … Continue reading Autism |Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
My perspective on shyness is different because it's the perspective of a loner. During my life I've often been called shy, sensitive, or introverted. But several people, at different times, have also told me that I was the most independent person they had ever met. Well, that strong independence is genetic. It's common on both … Continue reading Shyness | What does a loner know?
Who got the world into this current political/cultural/economic mess? I have to confess - it was my generation, the 'boomers'. Boomers elected Donald Trump. Boomers voted for Brexit in the UK. In my province of Ontario, Canada last year boomers elected Doug Ford as our leader, who has proven himself a match for Trump in … Continue reading Rescuing History | How the Boomers ruined everything
In one of my books – not sure if it's in The Shyness Guide or my first novel, The Birdcatcher (could be both) - I said that reading and writing are older than speech. That's an idea that I have never seen anywhere else. But this week, re-reading the James Hillman/Michael Ventura book, We've Had … Continue reading Rescuing the Past and/or Anthropology and/or Psychology |How reading and writing preceded Talking
Back in 2017 I did an earlier post on this remarkable book. Let's look at it again. The biggest problem with autism is still that there is no agreement on what it is, or what causes it. That's why the debates about it are so confusing and unrewarding. The decision of the American Psychiatric Association … Continue reading The Autism Matrix |A new look at Autism
While my science posts don't generate the same interest as those on shyness, autism, dreams, etc., I can't stay away from scientific disputes. To me, the question of what we know and what we don't know is important. And surely the creation of the universe is as important as our personal psychology. This morning I … Continue reading Rescuing Reality | Big Bang or Big Crunch?
Rajul Shah was born in Vinchhiya, India, in the state of Gujarat, on August 14, 1960. She would become another child who psychologist Ian Stevenson would examine in his life-long investigation of the phenomenon of children talking about a past life. One day when she was 2 1/2 years old, Rajul came running into her … Continue reading Paranormal World | Children who speak of past lives |Rajul Shah and the Mountain
When I was a boy, I was intensely shy, more avoidant than anyone else I met then in any of the schools I attended. No one in the working-class neighborhood of the North-American steel town where I grew up had heard of 'autism', but my behavior fit autism pretty well. If I got myself assessed … Continue reading Shyness vs Everything else |the problem with diagnoses
The above refers to a Feb 28/2018 “Best of BBC Future” post by Christine Ro. After acknowledging that there has been a lot of research into the negative psychological effects of 'social isolation' (for example, the Royal College of General Practicioners in the UK say that research has found loneliness to have a risk level … Continue reading Rescuing Shyness|Why being a loner may be good for your health