But here is the question – why do social people, whose whole world seems to be built around play-acting with each other, admire someone who can't do that?
Let's look at the enigmatic “Big Five Personality Traits" again. They aren't new. The idea began in United States Air Force in the 1950s, then psychologist J.M. Digman proposed the "five factor model" of personality in 1990. Human resource departments in large corporations have been using it for a long time to assess potential employees. … Continue reading Rescuing psychology | The Big Five Personality Traits | Shouldn’t it be the Big Ten?
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
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.
Let's look again at Elizabeth H. Blackburn's 2017 book The Telomere Effect: a revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer. Dr Blackburn is one of the leading researchers into the genetics of the telomere, that device at the ends of your DNA strands that protects them from deteriorating (often compared with the plasticized ends of … Continue reading Good news for shy people | Work stress, you and your telomeres
How, you may want to ask, can something considered pathological be natural?
From 2006 to 2016, I ran a website that I called Shy Highway. During that time I produced my second book, The Shyness Guide, then revised it, doubling it in size to what it is today. Along the way though, I got interested in autism. At first I tried to avoid the autism debate. It … Continue reading Is this the Autism Highway?