A psychotherapist shares the 7 biggest parenting mistakes that destroy kids’ confidence and self-esteem

Every parent wants their kids to feel good about themselves — and with good reason. Studies have shown that confident kids experience benefits ranging from less anxiety and improved performance in school to increased resilienceand healthier relationships. As a psychotherapist and author of “13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do,” I’ve seen many parents engage in strategies they believe will build their children’s confidence. But some of those strategies can backfire, …

People fail to act not because they do not have enough information, but because they don’t care or they don’t know what to do: On making people care and showing them how they can make a difference…

Despite what you learned in your high school writing classes, the most powerful stories aren’t necessarily the most richly detailed. Great stories leave space for the audience in two ways. One is allowing people to put the pieces together for themselves. “The audience actually wants to work for their meal,” says Andrew Stanton, a Pixar director and screenwriter, in his …

If kids don’t feel trusted — or if there isn’t anyone close to them whom they can rely on — they can really suffer. Esther Wojcicki, an educator and mother of three explains why trust is essential and how to build it in the young people in our lives

Esther Wojcicki has inspired thousands of kids through her 35-year-and-counting career as a journalism and English teacher at Palo Alto High School in California. She and her husband, Stanley, have also raised three exceptionally accomplished daughters: Susan (YouTube CEO), Janet, a Fulbright-winning anthropologist, pediatrics professor and researcher), and Anne (cofounder and CEO of 23andMe). So she knows quite a bit …

How do we cure the disease called Apathy, Inertia or Acedia,“the lack of energy to begin new things? Zeal comes from an intense experience of the beauty of things.”

By Matthew Fox, Sept 3, 2019 27 years ago Lester Brown of the World Watch Institute delivered an address to the Shumacher Institute that ended with this statement: “The number one obstacle to an environmental revolution today is:  Human Inertia.”  Has much changed in these past twenty-five years?  How is human inertia or apathy still today a key issue as …

Lengthy neglect of significant parts of one’s identity can lead to psychological harm: we’ve let our core concern for the common good wither in the US

The American Economy Is Creating a National Identity Crisis: It has become painfully clear that we are more than just consumers and corporate shareholders. By Tim Wu, a law professor. NYTimes.com, Aug 2019 Europeans often describe the United States as a great place to buy stuff but a terrible place to work. They understand the appeal of our plentiful and affordable …

Depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia are higher in areas with worse air quality

With more specific Danish data, the team found early childhood exposures correlated even more strongly with major depression (a 50 percent increase); with schizophrenia (a 148 percent increase); and with personality disorders (a 162 percent increase) over individuals who grew up in areas with the highest quality air. In research on animals exposed to pollution, the animals show signs of …

What would be good enough?

The Age of Envy: How to be Happy When Everyone Else’s Life Looks Perfect Social media has created a world in which everyone seems ecstatic – apart from us. Is there any way for people to curb their resentment? The Guardian|Moya Sarner, October 2018 One night about five years ago, just before bed, I saw a tweet from a friend …

Stress and physical and psychological well-being

Are we really more stressed than ever before? In an essay based on her recent book Stress-Proof, Mithu Storoni explains how modern life may have amplified our anxiety, and the best ways to reduce its impact on our bodies and minds. By Mithu Storoni, 14 August 2019 In November 2017, two eye surgeons from a hospital in Beirut reported an …

A 27-Year Study Says 1 Thing Is Key to Happiness and Longevity in Work and Life: Working and living with a sense of purpose and meaning

It’s your significant “yet-to-do” in life. Purpose integrates who you are with what you do. It inspires us to renew our commitments and stretch further to manifest it, which is why having a sense of purpose in your work is so powerful. A study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by a team of Univ. of Michigan researchers analyzed data from the …

Misogyny, envy, entitlement are characteristics of mass shooters

By Julie Bosman, Kate Taylor and Tim Arango in the NYTimes.com, Aug. 10, 2019, “A Common Trait Among Mass Killers: Hatred Toward Women” The man who shot nine people to death last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, seethed at female classmates and threatened them with violence. The man who massacred 49 people in an Orlando nightclub in 2016 beat his wife while she was pregnant, she told authorities. The …