1. A sudden interest in a cult, rather than an accepted religion.
2. The inability to sustain a personal love relationship -- drawn more to
3. A tendency to talk in vague philosophical terms, never to the point.
4. An intense, "far-out" interest in poetry and art.
5. Constant ridiculing of any form of organized government.
6. A righteous attitude, never admitting any personal faults.
7. An increasing absentee record at school.
8. A tendency to date only members of different races and creeds. Namely, horse-people.
"Naturally, some of these signs may be observed in perfectly normal
adolescents, but it is when the majority of the traits are present that the
child is on the way to becoming a 'centaur,'" Dr. Rosenbaum said.
"There are also the fairly obvious signs like shaggy hair and no clothing.
But those alone do not make a 'centaur.' Sometimes it's just a fad."
Dr. Rosenbaum: "There must be a reconstruction of the family unit, with much
expression of love. Parents should work and play, though not horse-play, with these young people to
show that all the family members care about one another."
"There must be a great deal of dialogue -- sometimes very painful dialogue --
to establish a new position of belief for the young people. They will deny
they're hostile until their last whinny."