Despite their relatively recent arrival (and disproportionate percentage with undocumented status), citizenship rates and English language fluency among immigrants in Georgia are generally comparable to national data. Specifically, just under 40% of Georgia’s immigrants report having citizenship status compared with 42% of the foreign-born nationally, and 47% report having limited English proficiency, compared to 51% nationally (Migration Policy Institute, 2011). Furthermore, according to the American Community Survey, 29% of all Spanish-speaking households in Georgia are linguistically isolated, meaning that all persons age 14 and over in the household have limited English proficiency. (Migration Policy Institute, 2011) … [Read more...] about Obama Shields 5 Million Undocumented. Should We Worry?
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Insight #2: Confidence is the most powerful aphrodisiac on the planet. If you talk to sexually active women, the ones who are having the best time aren't necessarily the thinnest, the prettiest, or the fittest. They are the ones who believe that their lovers are lucky to have them." And although it does take increasing courage as we age to take off our clothes and go to bed with a lover, when we shed our "sexpectations" (implicit beliefs about how we are supposed to look and how sex is supposed to be) we can immerse ourselves more fully in the experience. And being in the moment is where all of the fun is. Good sex is all about being present. … [Read more...] about Why Good Sex Matters
But what does this mean? Most murderers never kill again. In fact, because of the premeditation involved in serial murder, criminal profilers often don’t see much in common between the one-time murderer–who tends to kill in the heat of the moment–and the deliberate predator who kills over and over. Isn’t the same true for rape? Isn’t there a vast ocean between the aggressive date who refuses to take no for an answer (or who interprets someone who is unable to say “no” as a “yes”) and the serial rapist who creeps into a stranger’s home? … [Read more...] about To Catch a Predator?
What about a conflict situation? When your friend insults you to your face, that insult is unmistakable. But there is likely other relevant information in this situation. Maybe your friend is under a great deal of stress and their insulting you is out of character. Perhaps you think about the many potential negative consequences of getting into a verbal or, even worse, a physical fight. This information, which could actually help you to hold back from being aggressive, is typically less salient than the overt, verbal insult. … [Read more...] about Alcohol Causes Aggression. Can It Reduce Aggression Too?
Insight #5: Giving up sex is okay at any age—but giving up pleasure is not. As I establish empirically in my book, pleasure is not a luxury but a necessity for a well-functioning emotional brain. By expanding our concept of sexuality to include the erotic, which enlivens and gives us joy, we can expand the limited notion of being sexual as involving the genitals and friction to a broader menu of turn-ons. We can approach living and loving with a passion that allows us to experience vitality and sexuality (if we choose) as long as we are alive. … [Read more...] about Why Good Sex Matters for Older Adults