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: CC0/Pixabay One of the most amusing aspects of learning foreign languages is the discovery of hard-to-translate words. These extraordinary words that succinctly pack in them entire universes of cultural nuance reside inconspicuously next-door to their more ordinary, translatable neighbors. And just like all the other words that have found their exact equivalents in other tongues, these words are taken for granted by native speakers. Until they are forced to translate them. That is when native speakers (and language learners) come face-to-face with their uniqueness — often for the first time — as they attempt their long-winding explanations, only to finish with, “Well, not quite… But something along those lines.” Source: CC0/Unsplash With over 7,000 living languages in the world, there is a wealth of such words that offer intriguing glimpses into other cultures. Psychologist Tim Lomas decided to gather these … [Read more...] about Lessons From ‘Untranslatable’ Words About Well-Being