Researching autism

Are we witnessing insurrection against the final taboo? Or are we becoming fallout from the friendly fire of duplicity? This month, September 2021, two major research initiatives into autism have hit the news. Hailed as breakthroughs in the bid to further knowledge and understanding of autism they have been less well-received in some quarters. Namely,…

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CBT: criminal brain training

Twice this week I have read the words of intelligent persons extolling the virtues of CBT. That is twice too many. These are not scientists, nor psychologists, but individuals who have been shown the therapy, found it useful and feel compelled to recommend it to others. It may appear to be altruistic, but it can…

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Feeling got at, once again

First came the professionals with their sound medical backgrounds, wanting to help. We took the advice and fistfuls of pills hoping to get better. Then came what in any other era or field would have been dismissed as quacks. Perhaps we needed to look to our pasts, our resentment or our suppressed anger over ancient…

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Discrimination: down to the bone

It is well on the way to being a ‘catch-all’ term for attitudes as widely varied as bias, favouritism, injustice, intolerance, partisanship, prejudice, unfairness. More particularly it is used in situations of ableism, ageism, anti-Semitism, chauvinism, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism; the list goes on. With so very many different terms hiding under the umbrella of…

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Serious health problems? Do you feel got at?

Why do I feel, yet again, got at? First came the professionals with their sound medical backgrounds, wanting to help. We took the advice and fistfuls of pills hoping to get better. Then came what in any other era or field would have been dismissed as quacks. Perhaps we needed to look to our pasts,…

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