Mall patrons care about both shopping and security; so focus on both. Take advantage of doorbuster deals while avoiding distractions—such as texting while walking. Keep your belongings close, your eyes and ears open (no sunglasses or earbuds), and your radar up. Not only will you enhance your perception, but your aura of alertness also makes you an undesirable target. … [Read more...] about Shopping Mall Safety: What to Know Before You Go
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Theories of intergenerational relationships in family psychology and sociology provide some useful insights into understanding why such problematic situations can develop. One of the most well-established approaches to intergenerational relationships comes from what is called the Intergenerational Solidarity Model (ISM) (Silverstein & Bengston, 1997). According to this theory, family dynamics can be classified according to the 6 dimensions of associational (frequency of interaction), affectual (feelings), consensual (agreement in values, beliefs, and lifestyles), functional (help exchange), normative (commitment to fulfill family obligations), and structural (availability in terms of distance and health). If you’re seeking to break up with your extended family, the ISM would suggest that the reasons are most likely to involve the affectual and consensual dimensions. You are unhappy with some or all family members and, from a values standpoint, reject their beliefs and … [Read more...] about Are There Times You’d Like to Break Up with Your Family?
This recent discovery has implications for treatment of these neurogenerative diseases, and it also provides one more explanation for why sleep is beneficial for all persons. It also may account for some of the individual differences in need for sleep, as the glymphatic system may operate slower, or less efficiently in some persons than others. … [Read more...] about Sleep and Waste Control
Most Americans are deeply disappointed in the Federal Government. Trust in the government is at historic lows, according to polls aggregated by the Pew Research Center. Divisions among Democrats and Republicans have become so pronounced that most Americans believe that members of the other political party pose a serious threat to the United States, and 5-15% of Americans believe that the country would benefit from the death of members of the opposing political party (Kalmoe & Mason, 2018). The impeachment of President Trump and its associated hearings have inflamed partisans of both parties. … [Read more...] about Civic Education for the 21st Century: Part 1
SM: Often when working with a very difficult issue such as human trafficking, burnout is high. My experience is that resilience is developed by the community of people who are committed to ending modern slavery. Their energy and willingness to collaborate is what will end it. As the HDI Fellow focusing on Human Trafficking at Wheaton College, I am fortunate to work with many excellent organizations, such as the Global Center for Women and Justice and International Justice Mission. I am also encouraged by the commitment and energy toward this issue I witness among the graduate students with whom I work. Recently, I joined the World Evangelical Alliance Global Human Trafficking Task Force based in Toronto, Canada where I look forward to future and effective collaboration. … [Read more...] about Hope in the Fight to End Human Trafficking