This election has been a wake up call: sadly it has woken up and given permission for more overt and public forms of harassment modeled and condoned by president-elect Trump. In the three days since the results were announced, I have read news stories about a student handing deportation orders to students of ‘various ethnicities’ at his school, a teacher telling a student Trump should deport their parents, a non-Muslim student writing a note to a Muslim teacher telling her to go hang herself with her hijab, and a male student reaching under a 10 year old girl’s dress and stating “If the President does it, I can too.” Sarah Burris at the Raw Story has documented 137 other similar incidents, many of them in schools and college campuses. What does this mean for the next four years and what can parents and educators do? First, we have to be able to put these behaviors in context. I have been researching and writing about biased harassment in schools since the … [Read more...] about Why school climate matters with a President Trump
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Behind the Curve Movie Poster Photo (2018) Source: Michael Lloyd, used with permission Behind the Curve, a new documentary movie on the flat earther movement, was released at film festivals in 2018 and is now widely available (see this review at Newsweek). I'm briefly featured in the movie as an authority on anomalous belief and was recently interviewed by Jeff Berkwits for the June 2019 edition of Sci Fi magazine about the movie and about flat earthers in general. The full interview with Jeff Berkwits follows here (portions used in the published Sci Fi article are highlighted in bold italics): ► As someone whose entire career and belief system is science-based, how do you explain the fact that there are people in today's world who believe that the Earth is flat? As a psychiatrist whose expertise is the workings of the brain and unusual beliefs in particular, I can tell you that normal human thinking is often irrational. Arriving at beliefs … [Read more...] about Behind the Curve: The Science Fiction of Flat Earthers
Source: Image Credit: Pixabay/olga-filo Three major surprises emerged in the recent in-depth survey of purchasing decisions of a representative sample of 1,010 US citizens by Top10.com. First, the survey turns on its head the common theory of the “rational consumer.” Colleges teach students this theory as a basis for all of their business education. Many people go on to use this theory to run their businesses. However, some recent research in behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience has been questioning this assumption. The Top10 survey further supports the criticism of the “rational consumer” theory by showing that people don’t shop with their heads, they shop with their gut. Over two-thirds of respondents reported that they “trust their gut” often, very often, or always when making shopping decisions. So the large majority of people don’t fit the outdated theory. No wonder that half of all new businesses fail in the … [Read more...] about New Research Shows That Customers “Trust Their Gut”
Source: goodluz/Shutterstock I’ve conducted a lot of research regarding women's friendships and the ways that people can most effectively maintain healthy connections over the long-term. In a recent study, however, we explored what women, from 18 to 75, need from the men in their lives. Not surprisingly, the qualities women seek in heterosexual romantic partners, male friends, and men in general, are not all that different from what they seek in a friend. This makes sense: Any good relationship is built on some basic, down-to-earth qualities. Specific to Romantic Partners Women don’t need partners who invest all their energy in trying to prove how strong, manly, masculine, macho, or heroic they are. They just want men who are willing to meet them where they are and treat them fairly and equitably — and are able to make sure that the romantic spark keeps burning. There’s no reliable assessment that can predict whether someone is going to be a … [Read more...] about 15 Things Women Want From the Men in Their Lives
A medical doctor, also a parent, wrote to me recently to complain about my blog post, 'Dangers of Crying it Out' as too hard on parents. Here is (most of) my response. "Dear Dr., Thank you for your note.... First, a clarification: The focus is of my “Dangers of ‘Crying it Out’” post is on babies (under 2.5 years or so), not children in general (though compassionate caregivers should be around throughout childhood). Vital brain development is occurring at this time, which when undermined affects the rest of life. I am sorry to hear that you had trouble in your family with baby crying. Sometimes this can be due to trauma at birth, due to formula feeding because it is indigestible to a baby (which can also knock them out, as in your case) and lacks the probiotic bacteria for proper digestion and immune system development. But I suspect that crying most often it has to do with ignorance, cultural biases and parental skill issues. Babies should not be crying for any … [Read more...] about Baby Crying? Don’t Shame the Parents!