One out of every four pregnant women suffers from prenatal anxiety or depression . About 20 to 30 percent of children born to a mother suffering from prenatal anxiety or depression will develop some form of challenge that affects their school performance and their ability to build relationships. True anxiety and depression are not just " mood swings ," so talk to your doctor and take action if you experience symptoms. Prenatal emotional health problems are a taboo topic in our society. Pregnancy expectations are high. Women are meant to be glowing, healthy, happy, excited, and beautiful. Pregnancy is supposed to be a time of growth, moving forward, rekindling relationships with partners, and making bright future plans. For every four pregnant women you meet, chances are this is not what life is like for one of them. They suffer under the crushing blows of their own experience, and expectations imposed upon them by friends, family, healthcare providers, and … [Read more...] about The Truth About Prenatal Emotional Health Problems
Source: Photo by Александр Ермолаев /123RF I was once accused of picking up unwanted kittens from my local animal shelter and feeding them to my son’s baby boa constrictor. The charge, of course, was preposterous. But as I wrote in a commentary in The American Psychologist , it got me thinking about ethical implications of what we feed our pets . Take, for example, the relative moral calculus of having a pet cat versus a pet snake. Most authorities agree that cats are “obligate carnivores” that need to consume some animal flesh to thrive. Even dried cat food contains processed meat. If my cat Tilly eats only three ounces of meat a day, she will consume 70 pounds of flesh over the course of a year. By comparison, Sam, my son’s boa constrictor ate only one mouse a week. As the average mouse weighs only half an ounce, this translates into slightly less than two pounds of mouse meat a year. Hence the moral burden of owning a cat is roughly 30 times greater than that of … [Read more...] about What Should Vegetarians and Vegans Feed Their Pets?
Source: Emily Berger, used with permission Fostering resilience has been a focus of many communities across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The context, circumstances, and stressors have differed between these communities as well as how they have been impacted. Dr. Emily Berger is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow with its School of Rural Health. Dr. Berger has worked on various child and adolescent mental health and trauma -related research projects and continues to practice as a psychologist with children, adolescents and families. Her recent study focuses on how resilience has been important to Australia’s experience and lessons learned from that experience. Jamie Aten: How would you personally describe the COVID-19 situation in Australia? Emily Berger: The COVID-19 pandemic has been different for different people in different areas … [Read more...] about Bouncing Back During COVID-19
In today’s world of increased performance demands, most leaders are underperforming. One reason is that the leader is focused on the tasks and results, where the people they lead are looking for connection, contribution, and recognition for good work. This is a big disconnect, where the manager’s default is to find fault. They overlook the successes, as those are expected, and don’t take enough time to develop the next-level leaders. Executive Coaching affords a “forced focus” on development topics, skill-building, and empowerment to help get results. When the leader takes a coaching approach versus a directing style with their direct reports, there tends to be more engagement and better performance. High-engagement companies are more profitable because of increased productivity , lower turnover, and lower healthcare costs. (Zak, 2017) BlessingWhite (2016), in "The Coaching Conundrum," states that the top coaching behaviors wanted by direct reports … [Read more...] about 6 More Reasons Why All Leaders Need Coaching
The relationship between humans and their pets is a close one, so it’s possible that when people are vulnerable (for whatever reason), their pets are more vulnerable too. For example, if people struggle to find pet-friendly housing, they may end up surrendering their pet to a shelter. New research by animal welfare scientists at the University of British Columbia and the BC SPCA looks at the links between animal surrenders and social deprivation. A dog in Port Coquitlam, Metro Vancouver Source: Justin Veeneema/Unsplash The study looked at the reasons why people surrender pets to the BC SPCA and investigated whether they are linked to different aspects of social deprivation at a geospatial level. As well as the results for BC as a whole, the scientists looked in detail at Metro Vancouver and Kamloops. These locations were chosen as they are very different. Metro Vancouver is a cosmopolitan area comprising Vancouver itself and surrounding cities. Kamloops is a smaller … [Read more...] about How human vulnerability influences the surrender of pets