Prenatal Influences in Autism

A maternal infection during pregnancy – or the occurrence of stress, trauma, injury, deprivation, or exposure to environmental toxins – could cause the fetal brain to be hyper-connected, setting the stage for conditions (including autism) where sensitivity is prominent.

Kids With Autism Live in an Intense World

People who seem to be "tuned out" of social interaction may, counter-intuitively, have become that way not because they have a deficit of empathy or mental/social apparatus, but because they have fled from too much sensory or emotional input.

Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Some children’s brains have difficulty interpreting a sensation, especially if it comes on the heels of another, different sensation.

Sensory Sensitivity and Synesthesia

Hypersensitivity is the first of many intriguing correspondences between synesthesia, autism, savantism, and prodigiousness.

Sensory Sensitivity: An Overlooked Thread

The more we look into environmental sensitivity, the more we can learn about synesthesia, autism, savantism, and prodigiousness - as well as the forces that sculpt us into unique human beings.

PTSD: A Window into the Bodymind (Part 5)

Science and medicine are evolving toward a major change in outlook, where patient health and well being are viewed along a spectrum and no condition can be dismissed as 'merely' psychosomatic.

PTSD: A Window into the Bodymind (Part 4)

There are two ways to get at the essence of how emotional experience differs from one person to another. The first is to look at feelings and the second is to look at people.

PTSD: A Window into the Bodymind (Part 3)

Beyond the dissociative form of PTSD is a strange condition known as alexithymia. This term describes people who seem not to understand that they even have feelings.

PTSD: A Window into the Bodymind (Part 2)

The different types of PTSD are conditioned by different dynamics in the brain and the body.

PTSD: A Window into the Bodymind (Part 1)

Hippocrates famously said, “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” This remains true today - where the latest discoveries about PTSD are shedding light on the intersection of mind, body, and emotion.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 5

Science is making huge strides in connecting nature and nurture, mind and body - and in illustrating how each of us is different.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 4

Knowing one's boundary type provides insight on chronic illnesses as well as the alternative therapies that are most likely to help.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 3

New ways of looking at personality differences - such as the concept of "orchids" and "dandelions" - have much in common with thin and thick boundaries.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 2

The Boundaries concept offers a fresh and unique way to examine personality differences.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 1

Anyone who is highly sensitive must often wonder: why am I the way I am? Is it nature, nurture, or both?

Do Some People Sense the Unseen? Part 3

Often science dismisses what it doesn't yet grasp, until technology or some other breakthrough turns the tide.

Do Some People Sense the Unseen? Part 2

Research shows that highly sensitive individuals are much more likely than the general population to report feeling an unseen presence.

Do Some People Sense the Unseen? Part 1

Could a "neurobiology of sensitivity" – combining elements of nature as well as nurture – provide a basis for explaining the anomalous perceptions that many people have?