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  2. Myrtonos

    Does anyone have this problem on the internet?

    Quite late to this thread but I just saw it. The biggest problem I have with the internet is what it devalues. It also makes it easier to get away with copyvios which also devalue ownership of an official copy of something.
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  4. In my school, learning French for 3 years was a condition of attending, and 5 years for pupils joining from 1987 onwards. However, in the UK if a school follows the National Curriculum as the vast majority do, then 5 years foreign language learning will be imposed on the school as part of the deal. There are or were some schools opting out of the National Curriculum, but chances are that fewer subjects were on offer, and tutors and the school were under more pressure to make their lessons work effectively. I think the National Curriculum helps provide a framework, though yes there may be some disadvantages. It will always be French, German, Spanish or Italian for the National Curriculum schools. The schools that opt out might not be required to offer a language but I'd need to research it to find out for sure. I agree that forcing non-interested pupils to learn a language isn't a great idea. I'd possibly be in agreement about not making it a compulsory subject from age 14, but I think that for 11 to 14 year olds its better to be a feature of the timetable. Maybe they could make a compromise though that those really not interested instead do extra Maths or Science, or should Art, Drama and Music be made optional from age 11 too? It should certainly be available as otherwise international trade will really suffer as it could end up one day that most of the world speaks English but hardly any English people speak a second language! Imagine that!
  5. Dr-David-Banner

    Distortion Of Asperger (the aftermath)

    This pscychologist - an American called Kenneth Roberson seems to me to be very good. I included the link to his site: "Asperger noticed that instead of engaging with what exists outside of them, the children he observed preferred to focus their attention inward, towards themselves. He described them as having, “a disturbance of the lively relationship with the whole environment.” They were not interested in directing their attention to what occurred around them, instead they paid attention mainly to their internal life, shutting off contact between themselves and the outside world. It is not hard to imagine that when someone is fundamentally uninterested in the world around them, especially people, it becomes hard to conceive of how others think and feel and why they act as they do. A basic disturbance in understanding somebody else’s point of view, their attitudes and beliefs, is central to the problem of Asperger’s."
  6. Dr-David-Banner

    Distortion Of Asperger (the aftermath)

    (Kenneth Roberson, ph.d) "The term, Asperger’s syndrome, is widely recognized these days but few people know what the man who discovered this condition actually said about it. In the years since this Viennese pediatrician published his findings in 1944, many of Hans Asperger’s concepts have been modified, overlooked, neglected or discarded, often to our detriment. What we know about Asperger’s today is not always in line with what he first proposed. Returning to Asperger’s original thinking adds a fresh understanding of this often-misunderstood condition." https://www.kennethrobersonphd.com/hans-asperger-said-aspergers-syndrome-part/
  7. Now, I know the theory that autism is caused by a lack of maternal warmth is now discarded. So why then was there a lack of warmth among the parents of autistic children as far as Leo Kanner knew when he first identified it. Could it be that lack of maternal warmth does increase the (apparent) severity of autism? I mean all this with the best possible taste.
  8. Dr-David-Banner

    Distortion Of Asperger (the aftermath)

    I must be getting intolerant of lack of knowledge as I age. Casually reading a BBC article on how modern psychology has developed the study of AS. Initial warning signs soon triggered by the pic of Einstein at the top of the page. Personally I don't think Einstein had the syndrome. I think he did have the proverbial "dash of autism" but no sign of major meltdowns or typical symptoms. The article then gets worse to the point I cringed. Males with AS collect masses of information on dinosaurs and girls collect Barby costumes. I also cringed when said article stated children with AS don't experience learning difficulties. Every patient Asprger had did poorly at school because the teaching methods were based on group interaction. What he actually stated was the boys were often intelligent but needed individual schooling to address their differently wired brains.
  9. @HalfFull Whether you thought it was a bad thing or not there are difficulties with government mandation of foreign languages. Are you referring to learning French being a condition for attending your school? As I said, this is different from a government mandation. Here are the difficulties: If someone is required to learn at least one foreign language at school, which language are they to learn? Government mandation means that schoolchildren are required to learn at least one officially licensed foreign language, whether or not they learn any other. If they attend a school in the public school system, they are required to learn one of the languages taught at that school, and usually this is one of the biggest Berlitz languages. In most English speaking countries, at least in the Northern Hemisphere this is most commonly French, German, Spanish or Italian. And then there are flaws in the reasoning given: Learning different foreign languages opens up different job opportunities, there is no job opportunity that can be opened up simply by learning at least one foreign language. But learning mathematics, even high school maths (geometry, algebra and analysis) opens up much more job opportunities, and it opens the same job opportunities to everyone who does well enough in maths. Learning a second language does not improve one's skills at communicating with other native speakers of one's own language and doesn't always makes one smarter. Learning the grammar and vocabulary of a another language reveals next to nothing about the culture that speaks it.
  10. Melanie222

    Any Jobs Working From Home?

    I've also recently started working as a web designer. This job allows to work sitting at home, but I need to keep up with the times, so I try to follow the latest novelties in my sphere. By the way, I've discovered new projects that offer a modern approach in web design like https://snowfox.tech . They provide a good and fresh idea for web masters. Hopefully, this information will be useful for someone!
  11. Peridot

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    • Butterfly88

    Macadamias are nice in a mix with pistachios and almonds. I buy that sometimes. Such a pleasing blend. :lol:

    1. Butterfly88

      Butterfly88

      That sounds yummy.

  12. Dr-David-Banner

    Distortion Of Asperger (the aftermath)

    Having read the descriptions of Fritz and Helmut and so on, I would not say they were clinical cases. They were severe cases and I related totally to their situation. The motor issues, ball catching, inability to learn normally in class and fetishes, such as holding onto toys or dolls as treasured items. I think what all Asperger's patients had in common was he only got to see those who had been removed from regular school. For adults it was too late. One more point is Asperger's study was based mainly on Austrian German speaking boys. Possibly cultural aspects contributed to the puzzle.
  13. Dr-David-Banner

    Aspergers In Russia

    I believe they are very behind in psychology. I find electronics or programming is both popular and competitive over there, but psychology lags. They keep viewing autism as an illness. The forums keep recommending medicines and pills. Everyone is supposed to have СДВГ or attention deficit, including myself - the only option on an adult profile.
  14. Dr-David-Banner

    Distortion Of Asperger (the aftermath)

    "Wing was the author of many books and academic papers, including Asperger Syndrome: a Clinical Account, a 1981 academic paper that popularised the research of Hans Asperger and introduced the term "Asperger syndrome". Although groundbreaking and influential, Wing herself cautioned in her 1981 paper that "It must be pointed out that the people described by the present author all had problems of adjustment or superimposed psychiatric illnesses severe enough to necessitate referral to a psychiatric clinic ... (and) the series described here is probably biased towards those with more severe handicaps." There you have the "rift", I think. Wing herself noted that the patients in Asperger's clinic were significantly handicapped. This is because the regular schools couldn't process the children that were then sent to Asperger's special school. Wing then tried to address the symptoms as they relate to more socialised people. Many of these people would have struggled at normal school but still have been able to pass grades or make friends, eventually hold down a job. When the diagnosis was developed by Wing in the eighties, people everywhere sought out diagnosis. Many mid-range autistic people got evaluation. Recently problems started to surface. I'm told psychologists were actually struggling over agreement in lots of diagnostic areas. There were cases of psychologists un-diagnosing the diagnosed or diagnosing the un-diagnosed. Then, self-diagnosis developed a surge in the 1990's with the "Aspie Movement". Many of these people had correctly diagnosed a condition they'd struggled with for years. They were often intelligent, well-read individuals who simply knew they had these issues and discovered more over time, through forums and group support. Some others, however, (as in the case of the techs doing Baron Cohen's test), may have only been a bit "quirky". At some point the whole thing started to get confusing. It was decided to scrap Asperger Syndrome and adopt "autism spectrum". I can't help but think too the removal of the familiar "Aspie" label was carried out in the hope diagnosis would become more serious.
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  16. Aeolienne

    Aspergers In Russia

    How about the literature? Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov vs ... er, Anne Frank?
  17. HalfFull

    Help!!! In-laws gatherings

    Can you negotiate time out at some point in the middle? eg, an hour? Heres a crafty get-out clause for taking a breather. Take up geocaching (a bit like treasure hunting), find out what geocaches are close to where you're going to be, and set out to find them. Even if you're not really that interested in the geocaching itself, it gives you an excuse for taking a break!
  18. Squirt

    Help!!! In-laws gatherings

    Thank you Peridot and Sanctuary The only thing that worries me is that my partner would like to stay for the majority of the day and I am unable to drive there and back as it is too far and too complicated for me. That would make situations worse for me. I feel like I am in a catch-22 situation. Many thanks
  19. Sanctuary

    Help!!! In-laws gatherings

    I also find social events involving food difficult Squirt, worry a lot before they take place, wonder about not going but also worry about how others will react if I don't attend. Often the anticipation of these events is much worse than what actually happens but it is difficult to endure a long period of anxiety in the run-up. If you have stomach problems you do have a legitimate reason for not eating or eating little at the event and I'm sure if you mention this people will understand. The social aspect is hard as well. I feel a good compromise would be to go but for a short time - the stomach problems and feeling unwell would give you reason to skip the event but going for at least a short time given those problems will be appreciated by others.
  20. Aeolienne

    Where do people want to go?

    This may be of interest: Orangutan watching travel guide Contrary to popular belief, [volunteering] does not include any handling of the orangutans themselves, as diseases are easily spread and long quarantine periods would be necessary. Volunteer work generally involves cleaning out cages, and building fences, enclosures and structures for the orangutans to climb on – volunteers should be physically fit, especially given the heat and humidity. Also from the same site: Interview with Natasha Beckerson of Orangutan Project at the Matang Wildlife Centre in Sarawak
  21. Peridot

    Help!!! In-laws gatherings

    That's a hard situation… This type of thing is one my fears, you know? To feel trapped the way you do. Or to have this inevitable horror approaching with no way to escape it. Try breathing exercises. Be mindful/aware of how you talk to yourself in your mind. You can try to steer it in a positive direction. It makes a big difference. Try not to be too hard on yourself for whatever it is that you think people will criticize you for. Good luck...
  22. Dr-David-Banner

    Where do people want to go?

    Lived there. However I don't think they liked my English classes at all.
  23. Squirt

    Help!!! In-laws gatherings

    Hi everyone, I haven’t been on here for a while as I have had a lot to cope with. I have recently got married and that was hard enough. Myself and my partner have been invited to a family birthday bbq which is in a couple of weeks. There will be all my partners family there (parents, siblings, cousins, grandparents, aunties and uncles) it is about an hour away. The problems I am facing are that I have really bad stomach issues (suspected IBS) and really bad social anxiety. My partner isn’t putting any pressure on me but I know that my OH would love me to go, I know I would feel so uncomfortable and worry I will have an accident (Bowel issues) I also cannot eat around other people. If anyone has any experiences with this please tell me how you cope... Many thanks :)
  24. Aeolienne

    Where do people want to go?

    This article might interest you: Latvia: Europe's nation of introverts
  25. Tylermc

    Tylermc

    This weekend is going to be great on the weekend it's my mum and dads 40th anniversary in my mum and dad's backyard there's going too be a food truck 

    and a band it's going too be awesome enjoy your weekend everybody 😊

    1. Butterfly88

      Butterfly88

      Happy Anniversary to your parents!

  26. collectingrocks

    The pleasures of motion, e.g. rocking, spinning

    I can't sit still. Although I don't rock or spin, I drum my fingers a lot But I don't do this in public as I know it would annoy people - just as much it would annoy me if someone else was doing it
  27. Dr-David-Banner

    TRAITS

    This was a cocktail of Asperger Syndrome, acute narcissism, dodgy website indoctrination and spoiled upbringing. If you listen to Elliot talk, his focus is on social values and interaction. Nobody spelled it out to him that sexual attraction is to do with relating to others or just being the same. At the subconscious level most females seek someone to create a family. They seek normality because normality = stability. Someone who is maybe very creative tends to also be unstable or unpopular so the irony is they either have short marriages or just wind up isolated. Anyway the worst thing you can do is just dwell on social issues and rules around socialising.
  28. Dr-David-Banner

    TRAITS

    I wonder if any others actually find some of Elliot Rodger's observations funny? Although the whole incident was tragic, there were certain comic elements. When he looked at the camera and addressed all the girls in California, stating, "I can't see what it is you girls don't see in me!"
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