Monthly Archives: May 2012

Interracial Couple Harassed in Public – Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul1xsDwNeuo

Do you believe that all men, regardless of race or ethnicity, are created equal? If so, what would you do if you witnessed an interracial couple being persistently harassed for no other reason than the color of their skin? Would you speak up and defend your ideals or would you remain silent?

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7 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

child eating fruit

The playful lure of unhealthy fast food restaurants and the financial restrictions of school lunch programs have made it absolutely essential that children eat nutritious food at home. But as any parent is well aware, this is much easier said than done. How can concerned parents help their kids to eat healthier foods? Check out these 7 clever tips: Continue reading

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NBC Today: People Ignore 7 Year Old Girl Being Abducted

What would you do if you witnessed a 7 year old girl being abducted in broad daylight? Would you rush to the child’s aid? Would you call the police? As security specialist Bill Stanton demonstrated, people in general were more likely to:

  1.  Blatantly ignore the child’s cries
  2. Cross the street
  3. Walk right past the kidnapper Continue reading
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Full Recovery from Schizophrenia? Post #1 – Essential Factors that Support Recovery

Full recovery from SchizophreniaThis is the first of a series of blog postings related to my own series of research studies (my doctoral research at Saybrook University; Williams, 2011) of people who have made full and lasting medication-free recoveries after being diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. This is very exciting research because it is one of the few areas within psychological research that remains almost entirely wide open. One reason it is so wide open is that most Westerners don’t believe that such recovery is possible, in spite of significant evidence to the contrary. Since there are some very hopeful findings that have emerged within this research, I want to begin this series of postings by summing up one particularly hopeful aspect of my own research, which is a group of five factors that emerged which are considered to have been the most important factors in my participants’ recovery process. But before looking more closely at these factors, we should back up for a minute… Continue reading

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Autism in Mainstream Movies: Top 4 Performances

The portrayal of individuals with autism in movies has come a long way in recent years.  From the savant character of Rain Man to the multi-dimensional heroes of Salander and Khan, are we finally seeing the mainstream media develop a better understanding of persons on the autistic spectrum?

Dustin Hoffman Tom Cruise Rain Man1. Rain Man

This film provided an entire generation with their first introduction to the subject of autism and is still highly regarded today, more than 20 years after its release. Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), the autistic character in Rain Man, is a savant.  He has an incredible memory but he does not necessarily understand the things that he is able to recall.  For example, he is able to remember numbers and help with card counting, even though he does not have a strong background in mathematics. At the outset, Raymond’s brother Charlie (Tom Cruise) mistakenly believes that Raymond’s autism can be cured and this is the source of much friction throughout the movie. Continue reading

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