Physical activity is a fundamental building block for psychological and physical well-being throughout a lifespan. Unfortunately, most Americans are sitting more and moving less. This is especially a problem for our children who are being forced to sit still and cram for standardized tests while being deprived of physical activity. How can we create school environments that allow kids to be more active? Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and fitness expert Amy Otey (aka “Miss Amy”) has created a brilliant classroom plan that combines music and movement with education, imagination, and character development. Miss Amy is on a crusade to empower every young American to achieve his or her personal best. Have you heard of Miss Amy? As the father of a 6-year-old, I was thrilled yesterday to see that my favorite television program called What Matters Most is featuring Amy Otey in their latest episode. Amy and I are both on a mission to motivate people of … [Read more...] about Physical Activity Empowers Kids to Achieve Personal Bests
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A big concern in personality psychology today is how to integrate the different components of the person into a unified theory. Older approaches have tended to focus on understanding particular components rather than the whole person. Trait theories for example have focused on describing relatively stable characteristics of a person such as how they typically think, feel and behave. Theories focusing on personal values on the other hand stress the guiding principles that influence what goals a person regards as important to strive for in life. Recent theories have attempted to understand how both traits and values fit into a broader model of personality, and hence have looked at how particular traits, e.g. those in the Big Five, are related to particular values. An even more ambitious approach to personality called Life History Theory (that I discussed in a previous post) is based on the notion that a whole range of human characteristics, including personality traits, intelligence, … [Read more...] about Do Personality Traits and Values Form a Coherent Whole?
Individual differences in general knowledge about the world is a subject of particular interest to researchers in personality and intelligence. Some people have argued that having fundamental background information about one’s own culture is important to success in life (Gallo & Pickel, 2005). E.D. Hirsch coined the term “cultural literacy” to describe having this knowledge, and argued that comprehending written literature is very difficult without it. A number of studies suggest that students who possess adequate general knowledge required for cultural literacy have better educational and occupational outcomes than those who are less knowledgeable. Knowledge Wins--American Library Association Advocacy during World War I Some psychologists consider acquired knowledge as an important component of intelligence, particularly in adult life. The concept of crystallised intelligence explicitly includes how much information a person has acquired in their life, and a … [Read more...] about The Knowledgeable Personality
MJTH/Shutterstock Recently, I've been watching a show on the FYI Network called Married at First Sight. In it, individuals who want to get married but were having trouble finding a partner were matched with each other—to be married. Three couples were matched, and they met each other, for the first time, at the altar. They married (at first sight, hence the show's name), went on a honeymoon, and then moved in together. They merged their lives, for six weeks, at the end of which time, each couple had to decide whether they were going to stay married or get divorced. There was also (as always) a reunion show that followed up with the couples six months after taping wrapped. So what happened? One couple split up at the end of the show. The other two decided to stay married—and were still married six months later. Outliers or Models? For many of us, at least those of us living in most Western, industrialized countries, this may seem surprising. The prevailing view, at least in … [Read more...] about How We Find Our Person Today
Source: © 2016 From the Daily Doodle Journal of Cathy Malchiodi, PhD There are still many areas in the field of art therapy that are in need of investigation. However, studies on how various activities (coloring, doodling and drawing) impact mood and self-regulation continue to emerge; here are three recent studies that add to a growing understanding of these activities’ influence on general well-being: 1) Forkosh and Drake (2017) Coloring Versus Drawing: Effects of Cognitive Demand on Mood Repair, Flow, and Enjoyment. Participants were asked to think of the saddest event that had happened to them and write down a short description of the event; they also were guided through a short visualization that asked them to focus on sensory qualities of the event such as sights, sounds, and feelings. They were then randomly assigned to perform one of three activities: coloring a design, drawing a design or drawing to express the sad event. Positive and negative … [Read more...] about Coloring, Doodling and Drawing: Recent Research