Autistic Erasure, Or Accommodation?

There’s apparently some sturm und drang over this new study on the developmental impacts of a self-described “preemptive intervention” conducted with parents of potentially-autistic children. But the premise of the study — what Bottema-Beutel calls a preemptive intervention to keep people from becoming autistic — raises ethical concerns, she says. “Many autistic traits are just…More

On Unmindful Self-Compassion

“Self-compassion is related to the construct of mindfulness, but unlike mindfulness, self-compassion specifically relates to how individuals respond to moments of suffering and perceived failure,” write Ru Ying Cai and Lydia Brown. “Self-compassion is also broader in scope than mindfulness, in that it involves the subcomponents of self-kindness and common humanity, which may be especially…More