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Kids need recess

There has been a lot of discussion in the media lately regarding the disturbing trend of discontinuing recess in elementary schools.  It appears that with the implementation of standardized testing, the quantification of academic performance has taken on a new meaning.  Performance results can be linked to funding decisions.  The consequence of this is more […]

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You can change your genes

For many years science believed that genes are immutable and unchanging.  It was presumed that we are either saved or condemned by our genetic make-up.  We now know that biology’s most sacred tenet, genetic determination (life is controlled by genes), is a flawed belief. Genes provide broad parameters for human dispositions, not the dispositions themselves. […]

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Childhood trauma can lead to unhealthy adulthood

A landmark research project over the last 20 years, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, assessed thousands of adults’ physical and emotional well-being, then asked them about their childhood traumas: abuse, neglect, family dysfunction, and attachment.  They found that the more traumas children had, the more they developed chronic illnesses as adults, such as heart disease, […]

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Attachment security traits

The following is a list of traits associated with attachment security in adults: –Desires closeness: Seeks and enjoys intimacy without being afraid ofbecoming “too close”; does not fear rejection, have a need to push partner away, or engage in a negative relationship “dance” (e.g., pursuer–distancer dynamic; one wants closeness and the other maintains distance); positive […]

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Dependency is natural

Western culture has a long history of emphasizing self-sufficiency and independence. John Watson and the behaviorists in the 1940s warned parents that children should learn to soothe themselves; otherwise they would become weak and overly dependent (Watson 1928). Parents were advised to maintain an emotional and physical distance with their children, allowing them to cry […]

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