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William James on Attention and the Road to Mastery "Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours." "• William JamesWilliam James, the American philosopher and psychologist, wrote over 100 years ago that: "One of the most extraordinary facts about our life is that,.... Continue reading - - > → Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
5 Decisions That Silence George Washington's Critics On the day that America recognizes the original "Mr. President's" birth, cynics might wonder how the slave-owning George Washington became known as the nation's greatest leader despite being an ungifted orator, a mediocre military strategist, and not a particularly profound thinker. These 5 decisions give us an answer. read more
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Six Neurotoxic Industrial Chemicals Linked to Rise In Brain Disorders "...children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognised toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviours, truncating future achievements, and damaging societies..."The rise in disorders like autism, ADHD and dyslexia could be linked to the industrial use of neurotoxic chemicals, according to new research published in The Lancet.... Continue reading - - > → Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
The Triple Package: What Really Determines Success by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld – review This pseudo-scientific account of why certain ethnic groups prosper is a joke"The discipline will always be found most valuable," Samuel Smiles wrote in Self-Help, "which is acquired by resisting small present gratifications to secure a prospective greater and higher one." This is just one of many points on which the Victorian moralist and his spiritual successor, Amy Chua, are in perfect agreement."The present moment by itself is too small, too hollow," Chua concludes in her latest self-help briefing, The Triple Package: What Really Determines Success, co-written with her husband and fellow Yale professor Jed Rubenfeld. "We all need a future, something beyond and greater than our own present gratification, at which to aim or to which we feel we've contributed." Maybe the popularity of the acronym Yolo really does mean there are millions of people for whom this insight will constitute, as Chua believes, a kind of epiphany. For stoics who have trudged doggedly towards the final pages of The Triple Package, an ability to defer pleasure may well be what kept them going. But if Chua's homiletic provides a humdrum conclusion to a book that has been promoted as wildly controversial and surprising, well, as Smiles modestly admitted in 1859, the secret of worldly success is not, in fact, all that obscure, "as the proverbs of every nation abundantly testify".Among Smiles's examples of his own message, distilled, were: no pains, no gains; take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves; and, from the Old Testament, "go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise". To which we can now add the "Tiger motherish" insight, chosen at random from a final chapter in which every line merits its own sampler: "a life that doesn't include hard-won accomplishment and triumph over obstacles may not be a satisfying one".The preachy tone, although it may delight Mormons who are in many ways the stars of The Triple Package, is alas typical of a book that attempts to elevate Chua's bestselling wind-up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother into a grand and instructive formula, but without any of the earlier manual's delicious evidence of her horrible but super-effective child-rearing techniques (her victims go to Harvard and Yale). As extended, on the back of extended anthropological conjecture, into the three habits of highly effective minorities, Chua's revised programme itemises as key to a cultural group's material success (1) a superiority complex, (2) a sense of insecurity and (3) a capacity for impulse control.Droll anecdotes from her last book, in which she threatened to burn her children's toys or told them they were "garbage", have duly been replaced, in this more ambitious apologia, with long lists of top and less top cultural groups and their associated quirks, repetitive enough to inspire guilty nostalgia for old, one-package classifications that seldom got more complicated than vulgar Yank, cowardly Frog, lazy Egyptian, and so forth.In the absence of objective measurements such as a giant marshmallow test pitting proud Cubans against, it's alleged, less special-feeling (and therefore poorer) Hispanics, the authors perhaps had no choice, if they were not to jettison the racial element, except to advance their argument, as befits the Bernard Mannings of academe, via elderly tropes and gags, along with anonymous anecdotes from, say, "one 23-year-old Indian-American professional" or "a Vietnamese American girl". Certainly the book would be duller without its Jewish jokes (the mother turns away from her daughter's inauguration as president: "You see that girl up there? Her brother's a doctor") and random cultural tags, which range from Ayn Rand to US sitcom Shahs of Sunset, often with little care for consistency. That the achievements of Bellow and Roth, for example, are seldom associated with another cited stereotype, "Jewish American princesses", only goes to show the authors say, that "Jewish insecurity has been lessening on several fronts".But there must be a significant loss of respect when "the popular Miami blogger, radio host and YouTube personality Pepe Billette", having been quoted, at length, on the proud Cuban character, turns out to be not merely "a puppet, whose real identity is a mystery", but a puppet who is critical of Cuban conceit. It would be one thing, after all, to build a grand theory of UK success on jokes featuring the conventional behaviour in a pub of an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman, quite another to invoke that typical English gentleman Basil Brush on our national reserve. And then contradict him. "The truth is," our cultural scholars press on, "that Pepe expressed a sentiment probably shared by most Cuban Americans."Much of the book, inevitably, is spent anticipating the objection that the authors' intellectually disreputable stereotyping racially denigrates groups that have failed to prosper, being insufficiently like the hyper-demanding Chinese mother or regal Nigerian-American: "the Yoruba boast an illustrious royal lineage". Here, the super-triple-package Mormons come to Chua's rescue, not being an ethnic group but still illustrating, with their astonishing wealth and self-denial, her theory, as previously detailed in Battle Hymn, that most of US society, white and black, but not Chinese, is impulsive and ruinously obsessed with self-esteem.Not to worry, Chua and Rubenfeld soothe inferior types, lots of things about the triple package aren't nice to be around: "If insecurity is a spur to Jewish success, it comes at a high price." Perhaps a greater deterrent for individuals thinking of taking the triple package route to success, for that is the ostensible point of this exercise, is a self-help programme that self-combusts as soon as it starts to work. There's a design flaw, even for people with the right blood type. What happens to the status-conscious Iranians or "famously entrepreneurial" Lebanese once success allows these titans to conquer the insecurity that forms, the authors insist, a crucial element of the triple package? Then again, Amy Chua has done all right without it.SocietyParents and parentingPsychologyCatherine © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
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