Source: American Academy of PediatricsxSELF, used with permission Co-Authored by Drs. Rachel Zoffness PhD & Samina Ali MD* A New Era: Vaccines and Needles We have finally, thankfully entered a new era: the era of the COVID-19 vaccine. While research indicates that vaccines are both effective and critical for ending the pandemic (Thompson et al, 2021), vaccine-hesitancy and fear slow our progress (Rosenbaum, 2021). And the fear isn’t just of the vaccine: It’s of needle pain, too. In fact, over 60% of children (Taddio et al, 2012) and almost one-quarter of adults fear needles (McLenon & Rogers, 2019). These untreated fears can lead to a lifetime of needle phobias, anxiety , and avoidance of important medical procedures like vaccine injections (McMurtry et al, 2015). In the era of life-saving COVID-19 vaccines, it’s never been more important to address needle phobia and fear of pain so that we — and our children — can be protected. But how? Research … [Read more...] about Preparing Kids (and Parents!) for COVID Vaccines
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There is no shortage of hot-button issues in the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd – racism , policing, drug policy, criminal justice reform, vicarious trauma , moral injury and disengagement, and implicit bias to name a few. As I’ve been watching the trial unfold, I’ve been thinking about how to discuss it with my children and my undergraduate students. George Floyd Mural Source: F. Muhammad/Pixabay As an addiction psychologist, what keeps drawing my attention is the need to dispel the idea that substance use justifies the use of force . We know that George Floyd’s postmortem examination showed multiple substances in his system, including THC, methamphetamine , and fentanyl . It’s no surprise that Chauvin’s defense team is using those findings to divert blame from the former officer to the victim. Although I am outraged by that defense tactic, I also see that George Floyd’s substance use is relevant to the discussion precisely … [Read more...] about Why We Need to Talk About Chauvin’s Drug-Related Defense
To begin the eradication process, let’s unpack the “bad habit” concept. It’s not particularly complex: There’s the “bad” part, and the “habit” part. I’m going to go way out on a limb here and suggest that humans don’t do bad things . Not repeatedly. And not from their own perspective. There are loads of things people do that other people think are bad. But, from the inside looking out, which is the only viewpoint we ever have, we always act to keep the things that are right the way we want them to be, and to rectify anything that is not right. I know we can all think of someone, or maybe a couple of someones we know of, or have heard of, who seem to be self-destructive, but think about it evolutionarily. We wouldn’t have become the magnificently successful species we are if we had some inbuilt tendency to harm ourselves. Purely from a survival perspective, as a species, we can’t be bad to ourselves indefinitely. And yet, “indefinitely” is precisely the timeframe of a habit. … [Read more...] about Rid Yourself of Bad Habits
Home Beauty Make up tips Make Up Tips oi-Aayushi Adhaulia By Aayushi Adhaulia on April 14, 2021 The colour pink is an all-time favourite shade for most of the women as it goes well with any look and style, and also gives soothing vibes. A good pink dress with a pair of high heels and matching pink makeup, makes for the perfect date night-look. Isn't it? However, depending on the makeup trends, their preference for pink makeup looks keeps changing. While some go for glam look, some like to keep it dewy and minimal. But know what? The latest look of Alaya F is now going to be your go-to look for date nights. Recently, the Jawaani Jaaneman actress showed off her glam look as she got ready for the Filmfare event. She opted for a blush pink structured dress and teamed it up with pink makeup that was highlighted by shimmery eye lids and matte lips. Here's how you can get it too by just following a … [Read more...] about Pretty In Pink! Alaya F’s Shimmery Eye Lids And Matte Lips Make For The Perfect Makeup Look For Date Night!
There are many relationship problems this post is not about, namely problems related to serious psychopathology, abuse, addiction , infidelity , or a basic lack of attraction . This post is about a common, ordinary type of couples' problem: the type that occurs between two good, functional people whose personality styles clash in some way. Different Does Not Mean Better or Worse Differences in styles of functioning play a role in many marital and couples problems ( Shapiro, 2020a; 2020b ). He is a morning person, and she is a night person; she wants more closeness, and he wants more autonomy; he is dramatic and expressive, while she is understated and reserved; one partner wants to discuss problems extensively, while the other wants to move on quickly, and so forth. Differences in styles of functioning, in and of themselves, are not problems. Couples become angry and unhappy when they misunderstand their differences to be disagreements about some objective issue … [Read more...] about When Couples’ Personality Styles Clash