Temperament: The Start of the Social/Emotional You

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Personality, Social Influence, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Consider this quote from John Watson, one of the founders of Behaviorism: “Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I’ll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select — doctor, lawyer, artist,… Read more »

Digital Fentanyl? Hmmmm….

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Development of the Self, Eating Disorders, Emerging Adulthood, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Prevention, Research Methods, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: You cannot have missed the increasing level of discussion and concern regarding the possible impacts of social media use on the mental health of teens and youth in recent years. The available new coverage of this topic ranges widely from articles that seek out and dive into recent, population level research on social media… Read more »

Enter ChatGPT: HAL 9000 Is In The Building!

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, General Psychology, Human Development, Legal Ethical Issues, Student Success.

Description: I have encountered several articles in the past couple of weeks that report on, ponder, and worry about what seems like a recent advancement in Artificial Intelligence (AI), that has likely been in the works for a very long time. The articles were looking at things like ChatGPT which are forms of artificial intelligence… Read more »

Can You Out-Grow or Out-Develop ADHD?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Disorders of Childhood, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Learning, Motivation-Emotion.

Description: You know a little bit about ADHD, right? So, consider this question, if a child is diagnosed as meeting the diagnostic criteria for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) can or will they, over time, outgrow the disorder (or the diagnosis)? A good friend of mine used to be principal at a school for children… Read more »

Evolution AND Learning = Epigenesis and Revolution?

Posted by & filed under Cultural Variation, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Human Development.

Description: Think about this question: What does it mean to say that a trait or a behavioral tendency is genetic and what does it mean to say that particular trait or behavior is acquired through observation, teaching, or learning. Now with your answers to the various parts of that question in mind consider this research… Read more »

Teen Dating and Development: Normative?

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Description: Often when we are looking at what is going on at certain points in human developmental trajectories, we make assumptions. We assume that something that most individuals at that particular age or stage are doing is normative. Normative technically just means most frequent but additional meaning is usually included with term. We frequently assume… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »