On occasion I’ll read a book that burrows itself so deeply in my head that I start to change my behavior based on its writing. The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin is one of those books. As a child, Josh was a prodigy in the chess world. At a young age, he learned how to play chess in New York with some pretty tough characters sitting at park benches. He quickly started to beat EVERYONE at the park and gained the attention of some respectable coaches. From there he started entering tournaments at various levels including national and international. The competition was blown away.
Each time it was inferred that Adam Lanza suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, or that Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes and Gabby Gifford’s shooter Jared Loughner were schizophrenic, mental health providers winced. Not only does blaming mental illness for rampage shootings perpetuate the false notion that mental illness predisposes one to violence, it opens the door … Read more