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Black Belt Listening Linda:  Happy couples are skilled in the art of attentive listening. They allow themselves to be penetrated by each other’s words and feelings. They don’t simply receive the information, but … ...
The Disappearance of the Schizoid Personality Why do some people stay home alone on New Year's Eve? Examining motivation for social isolation and its diagnostic implications.
Our Best Education Articles of 2016 It was a great year for the Greater Good Science Center’s Education program. Hundreds of teachers attended our annual Summer Institute for Educators, and we reached hundreds of thousands more through workshops, talks, partnerships, and, of course, articles in Greater Good magazine. Here’s our list of the twelve best, based on a composite ranking of pageviews and editors’ picks. How to Help Diverse Students Find Common Ground, by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu: What are the principles that promote a truly inclusive university? Here are eight. The Trouble with Trigger Warnings, by Mariah Flynn: Can educators warn students about troubling content without discouraging class participation? Here are some tips. Four Ways Teachers Can Reduce Implicit Bias, by Jill Suttie: We’re all subject to bias. Here are tips to help teachers treat all of their students with dignity and care. How to Bring SEL to Students with Disabilities, by David Lichtenstein: Social-emotional learning programs have not traditionally targeted students with psychiatric or developmental disabilities. Here’s why they should. Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers, by Shuka Kalantari: One Berkeley preschool is baking empathy into its curriculum—and for good reason. How Teachers Can Help Students Who Fail in Class to Succeed at Life, by Mark Katz: There are people who got bad grades but grew up to be successful adults, says Mark Katz. What’s their secret—and how can schools help? Why Don’t Students Take Social-Emotional Learning Home?, by Vicki Zakrzewski: New research suggests we need to take account of how diverse groups of students view and apply SEL skills. What if Schools Taught Kindness? by Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook: Lessons from creating a “kindness curriculum” for young students. How to Stop the Culture of Complaining at Schools, by Owen Griffith: Fourth-grade teacher Owen Griffith offers practical ways to turn schools and classrooms into no-complaint zones. Five Ways to Help Misbehaving Kids, by Stuart Shanker: Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution. How Humility Will Make You the Greatest Person Ever, by Vicki Zakrzewski: It’s so hard to be humble. Here are three tips for taming your ego. This should be read with a companion piece targeted at education leaders, How to Cultivate Humble Leadership. Seven Ways to Help High Schoolers Find Purpose, by Patrick Cook-Deegan: Many students go through high school bored and unengaged. Patrick Cook-Deegan explains what a purpose-driven curriculum would look like.
When Parenting Gets the Best of You You are the parent of adorable little kids whom you dearly love. Though most of the time you enjoy being with them, there are those other moments when you don’t. Indeed, the truth of your darkest moments may be hard for you to accept. An … ...
Should Your Patients Stop Using Caffeine? If your patients are like most people, they knock down a couple hundred milligrams of caffeine a day.  Whether this is excessive is in the eyes of the drinker….or the experts.  Some experts believe caffeine should be limited to less than one caffeinated beverage a … ...
Study: Moral foundations predict willingness to take action to avert climate change A person’s moral foundations influences their willingness to take personal action to fight climate change, according to research published in PLoS One. Jonathan Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory is a pluralistic model that identifies moral factors that can influence human motivation. The theory posits five moral foundations: compassion/harming, fairness/cheating, ingroup-loyalty/betrayal, authority/subversion, and sanctity/degradation. The study found [...]
Study: Gender inequality increases gender gap in sustained attention control Places with less gender equality tend to have a larger gender gap when it comes to attentional control, according to research published in PLoS One. The study of 11,612 men and 9,872 women from 41 countries found that gender variations in sustained attention control were closely tied to gender equality. Sustained attention control is the [...]
Genital dissatisfaction linked to reduce sexual activity in men, study finds New research has found a strong association between genital dissatisfaction and lower sexual activity in men. The nationally-representative study of 4,198 U.S. males aged 18–65 years found less than a quarter of men reported dissatisfaction with their genitals. Among those who did, twenty-seven percent of men were dissatisfied with the size of their flaccid penis, [...]
Setting Genuinely Meaningful Resolutions When we start a new year, we often feel a whole lot of pressure. After all, we’ve “indulged” for the past few months or weeks. We’ve “given in” to our … ...
The Challenge to Be Kinder in 2017 Feeling like the world is getting meaner? Here's a few tips to keep kindness a priority in 2017.
Resolutions Don’t Work — Use This Method Instead A new year is here and you’re probably mapping out what you want to accomplish in 12 months ahead. Whether you’re resolving to leave your dead-end job, speak up more in meetings or finally get started on the side projects you’ve been putting off, there’s … ...
Can We Slow the Aging Process in Dogs? Aging is a risk factor for many life-threatening diseases in dogs. Pilot data shows that new drug may slow the effects of aging.
3 Tips for Helping Patients Struggling with Anxiety Anxiety is a useful part of the human experience. For instance, anxiety may motivate us to complete important tasks or help us attune to threats in our environment. In evolutionary times, anxiety helped to ensure our survival as a species. It was our feelings of … ...
Study: Unhappiness intensifies the avoidance of frequent losses Our level of happiness can affect our willingness to withstand frequent monetary losses, according to new research published in Frontiers in Psychology. The two-part study of 250 college students used the Iowa gambling task to uncover that unhappy individuals tended to avoid choices that resulted in frequent but minor losses. Instead, unhappy individuals tended to [...]
Why Do Some People Do Self-Destructive Things? Many self-destructive behaviors are initially pleasant. Drug abuse is an example. But other self-destructive behaviors persist even though they feel bad. These are hard to explain.
How To Get Out Of A Bad Mood How to keep arguments in proportion in your mind and stop a bad mood in its tracks. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
Talking to BPD A Communication Model for Interactions with BPD
Can paint strokes help identify Alzheimer’s? A new University of Liverpool study published in Neuropsychology shows that it may be possible to detect neurodegenerative disorders in artists before they are diagnosed. Psychologist Dr Alex Forsythe from the University’s School of Psychology and her team, working with Dr Tamsin Williams of Tees, Esk, and Wear Valleys NHS Trust, Vale of York and Maynooth [...]
Ancient DNA can both diminish and defend modern minds You’ve likely heard about being in the right place at the wrong time, but what about having the right genes in the wrong environment? In other words, could a genetic mutation (or allele) that puts populations at risk for illnesses in one environmental setting manifest itself in positive ways in a different setting? That’s the [...]
Many smokers with serious mental illness want to kick habit Among American adults who have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or clinical depression, 57 percent are smokers. In contrast, only 15 percent of U.S. adults overall smoke. Many with such psychiatric problems want to quit smoking, but their psychiatrists and caseworkers typically don’t prescribe medications to help them or refer them [...]