Being an autistic parent is tough. Just like being any kind of parent. But it’s also the best thing in the world - as any parent, not just autistic ones, will tell you. Source: Unsplash/吴 迪 @brawny One of the things I find hardest about parenting with autism is the discrepancy in the way that I “play” versus the way my children play. Especially as they get older and their imaginations get wilder, I am constantly finding myself lost and tired and overwhelmed after only 5 or 10 minutes of dedicated play time. Throw in the fact that the kids are with us nearly 24/7 now due to the ongoing pandemic, and you have a recipe for epic burnout ! I have often thought to myself, what’s wrong with me? Play time is supposed to be fun, right? Why do I find it so draining? Well there’s nothing wrong with me. I am autistic, so I “play” differently, and that’s okay. Now, my son is also autistic, but as any autie will tell you, “if you have met one autistic person, you … [Read more...] about Autistic Parents: Is Playtime with the Kids Wearing You Out?
As a follow-up to Part 1 on this subject, here are two more ways to improve control over your thinking and behavior. "Mind over matter" is a central theme in most religions. The idea is that proper spiritual belief gives you the strength to cope with the vicissitudes of life. Paradoxically, the most religious people, like monks, may not use their strength of faith to cope with life but actually escape worldly stress by living in monasteries or nunneries. Also, there is the problem that many people dismiss religion as superstition . Nonetheless, for those who do believe, the indisputable fact remains that it can affect your thinking and behavior. Source: tracy siermachesky shutterstock Literature surveys reveal a strong relationship between religiosity and self-control . Self-control in religious people is manifest in that they tend to suffer less from depression , avoid trouble with sex or drugs, do better in school, and even visit the dentist more … [Read more...] about How to Control Your Mind: The Link to Religion and Meditation
Source: PxHere Psychologists have explained quite a lot about Donald Trump ’s political invincibility and the unconditional allegiance of his followers. One well-supported explanation is that the president keeps his base loyal by keeping them fearful . Through persistent fear -mongering, with messages like, “Illegal immigrants are murderers and rapists,” and “Islam hates us,” Trump gets to play the role of the great protector. But there is another important reason why Trump loyalists do not waver no matter how he behaves or what scandals come to light. For most evangelicals, it is not only fear that keeps them in line, but it is also faith. As a cognitive psychology researcher who has been writing about the science underlying Trump’s support since he began his presidential campaign, I have learned—through comments, emails, and discussion forums—that a significant portion of his supporters literally believe the president was an answer to their prayers. He is regarded … [Read more...] about The Belief That Trump Is a Messiah Is Rampant and Dangerous
One of the strangest aspects of the current pandemic has been the denial practiced by so many of its victims — not to mention the extent to which this denial has often contributed to the victimization itself. Stranger yet is that this denial apparently includes not only people who haven’t contracted the virus or know anyone who has, but even some who actually test positive. Even more astounding is the degree to which said denial seems to have permeated the attitudes of some who refuse to accept the reality of their situation even as they are dying of it. This denial is not “merely” a refusal to acknowledge their own impending death (not in itself uncommon), but an insistence that the cause isn’t COVID because that isn’t a genuine, life-threatening disease but rather, a hoax dreamed up by political liberals seeking to undermine the presidency of Donald Trump. Strange indeed. Or maybe not. As quoted in The Washington Post of November 16, Judy Doering — an emergency room nurse … [Read more...] about The Pied Piper of the Pandemic
Source: Public Domain Vectors In 1978, a messianic figure, Jim Jones, persuaded a great number of his followers to commit suicide , which the victims termed a “revolutionary act.” Revolution against whom or what was not specified. In 1993, Branch Davidians followed another messianic leader , David Koresh, into a compound at Waco, Texas, with misplaced faith and automatic weapons. Many of the faithful were killed in an epic standoff with law enforcement. And in 1997, a former music professor named Applewhite persuaded 38 people to commit suicide with him, with plastic bags and purple cloths over their heads and Nike sneakers on their feet, in an effort to reach a UFO hiding behind Comet Hale-Bopp. This UFO was to take them, via what they termed Heaven’s Gate, to an unspecified interplanetary reward. “Nike” is Greek for “victory.” Dying with your head in a plastic bag doesn’t seem especially victorious. Now, if you survived even high school physics, you know that a … [Read more...] about Cults and Cognition: Programming the True Believer