Last week Greta Thunberg was in the news for two stunning reasons. First, she was selected as Time’s Person of the Year. Second, she was the victim of cyberbullying by the President of the United States. Greta Thunberg was the victim of cyberbullying this week Source: creative commons Psychologists have studied bullying for decades. Who are these bullies? Why do they victimize others? And what are the physical and psychological effects of bullying on victims over time? In recent years, research has expanded to include cyberbullying too, with results suggesting that the more public nature, the permanence, and virtual pile on of “likes” and “comments” that follow from cyberbullying posts can lead to even greater enduring consequences for victims. Yet, when psychologists study bullying, the focus is usually on same-aged perpetrators and victims. The effects of an adults’ attack of a child are likely … [Read more...] about If the President can Cyberbullly a Teen, Why Can’t I?
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Source: Henri Bernard, Public Domain So you’ve already joined the Broken Resolution Club. Is it time to accept that resolutions get broken so you might as well kick back and down a brewski? Maybe, but let’s take another shot at it. Was your resolution too big? Even if you need to lose 100 pounds, that goal may feel like a long-shot or certainly a long way away. How about just aiming to eat 1200 calories today? Hopefully, you’ll get on the scale tomorrow and be a ½ pound lighter which might motivate you to try for another day. Or if you're a daily drinker or smoker, want to try skipping a day? Or how about that pigsty of yours? Want to clean one corner of one room? Was your resolution not motivating enough? Perhaps you decided that on Jan 1, you’d start looking for a better job. But maybe you’re just not unhappy enough on your current job to go through the usually big-time pain of trying to find a better one. Want to pick a resolution you’re … [Read more...] about So You’ve Already Broken a Resolution
Home Health Disorders cure Disorders Cure oi-Amritha K By Amritha K on December 16, 2019 Hydronephrosis is a condition, affecting about 1 in 100 babies, where urine overfills or backs up into the kidney. It causes the kidney to swell up and become abnormally dilated. Hydronephrosis can affect one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) kidneys, and it resolves on its own in most of the cases. The severity of the condition depends on the extent of blockage and the degree to which the kidney is stretched, ranging from mild to severe. In most of the cases, it is the blockage at the top of the ureter near the kidney, an area known as the ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) that leads to abnormalities which can impair foetal lung development   . The condition can affect the infant's ability to drain urine from the urinary system - affecting the kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra. Hydronephrosis isn't a primary disease, but a secondary condition that results from some other … [Read more...] about Paediatric Hydronephrosis: Causes, Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment
In popular culture, “evil genius” characters, that is, someone who combines brilliance with malevolence, have had recurring popularity. There is even a widespread misconception, which I have discussed in a previous post, that psychopaths are more intelligent than the average person (Furnham, Daoud, & Swami, 2009), even though research has not found this to be the case (O’Boyle, Forsyth, Banks, & Story, 2013). On the other hand, a recent study suggests that Machiavellianism, a cynical and manipulative approach to interpersonal relations, actually may be associated with high intelligence (Kowalski et al., 2018), which might mean there is a grain of truth to the “evil genius” trope after all. Furthermore, this might also help explain the fundamental difference between psychopathy and Machiavellianism. There has been considerable research into the “Dark Triad”, a trio of malevolent personality traits consisting of narcissism, … [Read more...] about Bright Minds, Dark Hearts: Intelligence in the Dark Triad
In two previous posts, I discussed a study (Dutton, van der Linden, & Lynn, 2016) that aimed to test predictions from the highly controversial differential-K theory. Among other things, this theory proposes that there are racial differences in sexual attitudes and behavior, so that people of sub-Saharan African descent are supposed to be the most sexually permissive, while people of East Asian descent are supposed to be the most sexually restrained, and Caucasian descended people are said to be in-between. The authors used data from a sex survey by Durex, the condom manufacturer, to provide evidence of racial differences in sexual behavior that they claimed supported their theory. This method has a number of problems because the survey lacked data from African nations, and the survey methodology was not up to rigorous scientific standards. Fortunately, more rigorous scientific research is available using data from 48 countries, including several African ones, that can shed some … [Read more...] about Race, Sexual Permissiveness, and Questionable Science