Source: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock Many parents have trouble discussing sex with their children, and even the most comprehensive school sex-education programs have no measurable impact on teen sex—see my previous post. Meanwhile, porn is just a few taps or clicks away from most teens 24/7, and many view it regularly. This worries porn critics to no end. Detractors insist that adolescents experience unwanted exposure to sexually explicit media, and that porn sexualizes young people too early, ruins them for long-term relationships, and pushes young men toward sexism and sexual violence. On the contrary, here’s what the best studies show: Adolescents age 12 to 14 generally feel disgusted by sexually explicit media and quickly turn away from it. Even when they watch porn, unwanted exposure doesn’t significantly harm them any more than unwanted exposure to … [Read more...] about Does Viewing Porn Corrupt Teens?
The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) provided a comprehensive and authoritative view of contemporary cancer care in 2013. According to the NAS Committee on Improving the Quality of Cancer Care, more than a decade after the Institute of Medicine first addressed the quality of cancer care in the United States the barriers to achieving excellent care for all cancer patients remain daunting. The growing demand for cancer care, combined with the complexity of the disease and its treatment, a shrinking workforce and rising costs, constitute a crisis in cancer care delivery. The complexity of cancer impedes the ability of clinicians, patients and their families to formulate plans of care with necessary speed, precision and quality. As a result, decisions about cancer care often are not evidence-based. Many patients also do not receive adequate explanations of their treatment goals, and, when a phase of treatment concludes, they frequently do not know what treatments they have received or … [Read more...] about National Academies of Sciences View of Cancer Care
It was that joke at the deepest part of the blackest kernel of fear, and you could die laughing. —Michael Herr, Dispatches We’ve all heard phrases like: we laugh lest we cry; laughter is the best medicine; nothing can withstand the assault of laughter. Laughter has long been considered therapeutic and studies demonstrate that in the face of stress, comedy is a more effective coping strategy than seriousness. And if you’ve ever spent any time around the military, you’ve likely heard a joke or two. Okay, more than two. Source: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain) Culturally, military members turn often to "gallows humor" or "black humor" to handle the stress of the job. Irreverent reverence is standard operating procedure and the most colorful black humor arises in the direst situations. Black humor is best described as the kind of humor that treats threatening or disturbing subjects (i.e. death, combat, disease, … [Read more...] about An Awful Joke Can Feel Pretty Good
There are many times in life when a person with a sense of humor lightens the mood of a meeting, family gathering, or party. You may actually look forward to going to work if you know you can count on having a good laugh or two at some point during the day. The endless meetings or tedious job tasks that are part of your workload are made more tolerable if these witty folks infuse their observations into the situation. If the person is the boss, even better. You can’t help but admire leaders who don’t take everything all that seriously, including themselves. Similarly, outside of work you may highly value your friends and family members who can either tell a good joke or make light of what might otherwise be a serious occasion, at least from time to time. In a new study, University of Arizona’s Jonathan B. Evans and colleagues (2019), noted that although humor has the potential to create an environment conducive to positive outcomes, at work and elsewhere, this … [Read more...] about How to Use Humor to Become Happier and More Successful
The Washington Post published Jena McGregor’s article this weekend describing possible bias against the use of humor in the workplace by women in leadership. The article describes a forthcoming study authored by Jan Evans in the Journal of Applied Psychology which tested the perception of participants who watched men and women, who posed as a hypothetical retail manager, delivering a script designed specifically to be humorous or straight. The results reportedly show that the “humorous” scripted men were described by the participants as having higher status than the unfunny men, but the opposite was true for the “humorous” women who were more likely to be viewed as less capable leaders. While this study was performed in an artificial, experimental context, the results are discouraging for women who hope to lighten the mood at work. The researchers suggest that the use of humor in the workplace may be detrimental to women leaders due to societal … [Read more...] about Humor Is Beneficial, Except When It Isn’t