Orchids and Dandelions: A Very Useful Developmental Dichotomy

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Description: Think of all the different ways in which you can think about and talk about developing children: shy – outgoing, independent – dependent, leaders—followers and on and on. All such dichotomies tend to focus on a part or aspect of children or child development and do not scale up well, into big pictures of… Read more »

Anger and Self-Regulation: Learn From the Inuit

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Indigenous Psychology, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: A huge part of growing up (well of developing and being “raised”) is learning how to self-regulate. Think of what small children do from time to time – they may have a tantrum when they do not get their way, they may eat all the cookies on the counter, they may be distracted by… Read more »

Politicians and Statistics: Why Are We Suckers?

Posted by & filed under Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Intelligence, Language-Thought, Memory, Motivation-Emotion.

Description: We would all like to think that we are well aware that politicians sometimes play fast and loose with the numbers related to issues and that we are not likely to be fooled by them when they do. The reality, however, is that we buy more of what we hear politicians say about the… Read more »

School Recess is Not Just a Break, It is Very Important

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion.

Description: Think back to when you were in elementary school. What did you do during recess? Did you ever think of recess as an important component of your educational day or just as a cherished break away from the demands of the classroom? From a developmental psychological perspective how should we look at, think about… Read more »

Is Tech Dangerous or Should We Be Asking Different Questions?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, General Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: Here is a research-based claim you may have heard about recently. Jean Twenge, based on data she drew from several huge population (big sample) surveys, suggests that 5 or more hours of daily involvement with social media is having negative impacts on teenagers these days. Now, rather than thinking about whether you agree or… Read more »

FOMO versus JOMO: Things to think about right NOW!

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Description: You have probably heard about FOMO or the fear of missing out which is often discussed as a serious hazard of involvement in social media. The idea is that postings on social media sites (like Instagram) are typically created and posted with the purpose of showing that the poster is having a great time,… Read more »

“Codes” for Successful Post-Secondary Transitions

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Description: Do you know what Advanced Placement exams are? High school students can study or take courses on advanced (beyond high school) topics and then, in May, write an exam in their chosen topic area and if they score high enough they can be granted an advanced standing that most colleges and universities will redeem… Read more »

Student Mental Health: What is going on here?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Depression, Emerging Adulthood, General Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, mental illness, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: The article linked below is important and potentially interesting on three levels. First, if you are currently an undergraduate student somewhere then it is important because it may be directly relevant to you or to a friend close to you. Second, It is important because it shines light onto and asks important questions about… Read more »

Life Purpose and Goal Setting: Just Do It!

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Motivation-Emotion, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: I have posted a number of times on a related cluster of topics including: Identity Development, Life Planning, and Emerging Adulthood (you can search these terms on this site to see the posts). The topics in this cluster reflect the developmental task or moment that is at play through that life phase — figuring… Read more »

Girls and Science: Being Scientists or Doing Science?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Consciousness, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Motivation-Emotion, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Student Success, The Self.

Description: In a post earlier today, I asked readers to consider the individual focus of much of the theory and research in Western Psychology. The article linked below is not a part of that core perspective and provide an alternative way to view and to research issues of gender education, socialization, and science. Before reading… Read more »