If someone told you..... that the most financially successful author in history was autistic, you probably wouldn't believe them.
In my book The Shyness Guide, I say that when 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 experience that kind of anxiety, so it's easier to talk to people. Simple as that. But that isn't all you gain from … Continue reading Shy and/or autistic Confidence, and its rewards
Recently I had the good fortune to be interviewed by Jenna Gensic for the website Learn from Autistics - Connecting Parents and Caregivers with autistic voices. The result was published this week - I've provided a link below. This website offers interesting autism news, books, free downloads, and other resources. But the core of it … Continue reading Autism | Learn from Autistics – connecting parents and caregivers with autistic voices | Alan Conrad interviewed
Because it seems to be a given in this society that social isolation is bad for your health, here is an opposite view.
There is another possibility.....that people who were unable to talk a million years ago are still with us.
In The Shyness Guide, I make the case that detachment is a tool one can use to enter and explore the social world.
Do you know the Barbara Streisand song......'People Who Need People'? - which said that such people are are the 'luckiest people in the world'?
Sometimes psychologists try to explain autism using 'theory of mind'. Books on psychology devote whole chapters to theory of mind, but to keep a lid on this idea, I'll just quote Dictionary.com: the ability to interpret one’s own and other people’s mental and emotional states, understanding that each person has unique motives, perspectives, etc. Those … Continue reading Autism | Theory of Mind | Do you think like a Baboon?
One morning this week, editing my 2012 journal, I came upon a surprise that surprised me again – in physicist Lisa Randall's book Knocking on Heaven's Door (her book about expectations for the Large Hadron Collider), near the end of the book, she makes a comment to the effect that some scientists, like autistic people, … Continue reading Autism | Lack of creativity?