Engagement or Connectedness: Which works (matters) for you?

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Description: If you have been anywhere near a post-secondary education institution in the past 10 years you cannot have missed overhearing discussions or seeing programs aimed at or investigating student engagement – as in, student engagement in the institute, college or university and/or in their studies. It is considered so important that it is measured… Read more »

Schadenfreude — a Cool German Word and a Fascinating Psychological Construct

Posted by & filed under Child Development, General Psychology, Human Development, Moral Development, Personality, Personality Disorders, Personality Disorders.

Description: Before setting up the article that is the focus of this post let me start by saying that, if you have not run across this before, you should look for some of the amazingly descriptive words the German language has for aspects of the human condition. Some have been borrowed into English (like Wanderlust… Read more »

Dear Diary: Maybe You Should Journal Regularly

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Description: Did you every keep a diary? How about now? Do you write regularly in a diary or, perhaps so as not to suggest a dramatic teenager, do you journal regularly? Just think for a minute, not about the stereotypes associated with keeping a diary but, from a psychological (adjustment, reflection, self-care, and/or a developmental)… Read more »

Anxiety Disorders versus Plain Old Anxiety: The Difference and Some Developmental Opportunities

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Health Psychology, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion, Prevention, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: This is the last of three posts relating to anxiety and research into its prevalence and management. For students in high school and especially in college or university, anxiety can be a regular occurrence. Particularly as one moves beyond high school and out into post-secondary life there are many things that can give rise… Read more »

Anxiety? Saddle up and Take a Ride!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: What do you, or how do you, think about anxiety? When you feel anxiety rising is that a sign you should stop what you are doing, or do less of it? Anxiety is typically seen as a sign that something potentially threatening or dangerous is starting or is about to happen and we can… Read more »

New Canadian Cannabis Laws and Teenage Brains

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Child Development, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: This next Wednesday the use of cannabis or marijuana will become legal in Canada. If you live in Canada you cannot have missed the torrent of media on things like the formation and marketing of companies to produce, market and sell marijuana or the public service ads pointing out that toking/ingesting and driving are… Read more »

Walter Mischel’s Marshmallow Test: Get it Right!

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Learning, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Do you know what the Marshmallow Test is? (No, it does not involve a campfire and smores).  The test was set up by Walter Mischel who recently passed away at the age of 88. As described in the video embedded in the article linked below, the marshmallow test, I its simplest form, provides young… Read more »

Young and Old: Who is happier?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Death and Dying, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Successful Aging, Work Retirement Leisure Patterns.

Description: Simple question: who is happier a 30 year old or a 70 year old? What do you think? Must be the 30 year old if only for the existential issues, 70 years of age is WAY closer to death than 30 so, of course the 30 year old is happier right? Well, wrong, actually…. Read more »

Are Teenagers Losing Their Minds?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Emerging Adulthood, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Have you heard that teenagers these days are effectively having their brains rewired by their massive use of digital technologies? I did not ask if you were aware of this as a truth but just whether you had heard it stated as if it were true. Such ideas, that up-coming generations are being sculpted… Read more »

Views of the First-Year Experience: The one that counts most is YOURS

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Description: First year in University is hard and that is a good thing. That is a widely shared sentiment but how do people actually mean it? Is it good because it “weeds out” lower functioning, less serous students? Is it because adversity (as in a deep-end immersion into the “real world”) is simply good for… Read more »