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Early Childhood Development's Role in Preventing Violence, Chronic Disease in Adulthood

George Halvorson retired as president and CEO of Kaiser Permanente more than three years ago, but the 70-year-old is staying busy in his golden …

50 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Really Love Yourself

When we practice self-love, we can make our best impact on the world. Here are 50 small actions that will help you to truly love yourself.

Happy Teachers Practice Self-Care

Experts say that teachers must develop their own social-emotional competencies, including the ability to manage stress, before they can effectively …

Teaching

Growing Up Poor Sparks a ‘Vicious Cycle’ in a Child’s Brain

Time has a way of moving more slowly under the Trump administration, but it wasn’t that long ago that Ben Carson called poverty “a state of mind.” In …

Poverty

Infants under 12 months most at risk of physical abuse

Infants under the age of 12 months are most at risk of serious physical abuse, reveals a large study of severely injured children published online in …

Why We All Need to Touch and Be Touched

Being touched and touching someone else are fundamental modes of human interaction, and increasingly, many people are seeking out their own …

Mothers who experience stress or worry before pregnancy 'more likely to have babies who cry for longer'

• <b>Study in journal Archives of Disease in Childhood examined 300 women</b>• <b><br>Those with history of anxiety disorder had babies who cried for longer</b>• <b><br>GP Dr Clare</b> …

3 Mindful Things to Do to Start Your Day

How we wake up in the morning has a fundamental impact on how the rest of the day unfolds. There are a few things we can integrate into our morning …

Mindfulness

What To Do When Your Friend Loses a Baby

Hi, my name is Lindsay.<p>And Mother’s Day is coming up. And I am that friend. The one who lost a baby.<p>I am probably the friend who you’re tiptoeing …

Why Feelings Can Matter More Than Facts

When the need to belong overrides the capacity for discernment—a problem that can have its origins early in development—our democracy becomes …

Psychology

Dads Play Important Role in Lessening Effects of Mom's Depression, Study Says

A new study reveals that fathers have the power to moderate the negative effects of maternal depression in families with young children.<p>Maternal depression is no joke. It effects 5 to 18 percent of women in industrial societies, and up to 30 percent in developing countries. And the saddest part is …

When Your Child Is a Psychopath

The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4. But a new clinical approach offers hope.<p>This is a good day, Samantha tells me: 10 on a scale of 10. We’re sitting in a conference room at the San Marcos Treatment Center, just south of Austin, …

How People Change

Relationships and Neuroplasticity in Psychotherapy<p>Hardcover<p>Marion Solomon (Author), Daniel J. Siegel (Author, <i>UCLA School of Medicine</i>)<p><b>Overview</b> | …

Scottish smacking ban consultation opens

<b>Proposals to ban parents in Scotland from smacking their children have been opened up for public consultation.</b><p>The move is ahead of a proposed member's bill in the Scottish Parliament which aims to give children equal protection from assault.<p>It has been put forward by Highlands and Islands Green MSP …

What Happens in a Child’s Brain When They Learn to Empathize?

A remarkable milestone occurs in children around their fourth birthdays: They learn that other people can have different thoughts than they do. A …

The Brain

National Health and Medical Research Council Includes Cue-Based Infant Massage as a Potentially Effective Intervention in Infant Mental Health

A report released by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has recognised and included cue-based Infant Massage as an …

The Art of Radical Self Care

The best preventative medical advice is to look after your health before you get sick, but what if you’re too busy reacting to the world’s …

Who Are You, Deep Down?

Source: Free Images/sxc<p><b>Who are you, deep down?</b><p><b>The Practice:<br>Know you're a good person.</b><p><i>Why?</i><p>For many of us, perhaps the hardest thing of all is to …

The Psychology of Marketing: 18 Ways to Use Social Proof to Boost Your Results

Science plays a key role in marketing, especially the science of psychology.<p>We have written about the 15 psychological principles in marketing and …

A psychologist’s surprisingly reassuring advice for socially awkward people

Growing up, I was a socially awkward kid. Cool people seemed to occupy the opposite end of the social spectrum. Still, I was always trying to <i>seem</i> cool—whether was my stint as an aspiring break dancer or my measured decision to never again wear my <i>Battlestar Galactica</i> T-shirt to school.<p>Of course, as …

25 Mindfulness Quotes to Keep You in the Present Moment

I’ve been studying eastern philosophy for a few years now and I honestly feel blessed with every lesson I learn. The greatest thing about practising …

No, you can't be an abusive partner AND a good dad

<b>Analysis</b><p>Luke Batty's parents were not together when he was born, but his mum Rosie was told it was very important a child have access to both parents.<p>…

I heard my toddler crying and that’s when I had thoughts of, ‘I’m going to kill myself’

THE feelings Lizzy Williamson experienced as part of post natal depression are vivid and shocking.<p>She recalled the moment, almost eight years ago, …

Stress and the Social Self: How Relationships Affect Our Immune System

“We are all tethered to our social worlds by invisible but steel strong wires.”<p>Relationships, Adrienne Rich argued in her magnificent meditation on love, refine our truths. But they also, it turns out, refine our immune systems. That’s what pioneering immunologist <b>Esther Sternberg</b> examines in <b>The</b> …

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse - but the rest of the world isn’t listening

It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an …

A Surprising Number of Americans Still Spank Their Kids

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for negligent injury to a child after he whipped his 4-year-old son bloody with a …

Parenting

'Emotional Map' Reveals Where Human Body Feels Gentle Touch

WASHINGTON — From the stroke of a mother's hand to the embrace of a lover, sensations of gentle touch activate a specialized set of nerves in …

How to Speak to Someone About an Unspeakable Loss

“It’s not about saying the right things. It’s about doing the right things.” ~Unknown<p>Years ago, my family and I moved to a bucolic little town in New …

Why we need each other — the power of shared experience

Why we need each other — the power of shared experience<p>By Sophie Scott<p>What is it about seeing someone as authentic and vulnerable that is so …