BACKGROUND: Individuals with social phobia (SP) show sensitivity and attentiveness to other peoples states of mind. Although cognitive processes in SP have been extensively studied, these individuals social cognition characteristics have never been examined before. We hypothesized that high socially anxious individuals (HSA) may exhibit elevated mentalizing and empathic abilities. METHODS: Empathy was assessed using … Continue reading
There are many benefits to being supported by a strong social network. But can a bigger friend base actually make you healthier? New research shows that social relationships do have a positive influence our physical well-being. via Poor social integration = poor health — ScienceDaily.
I have observed that when they are unaware of themselves, my children define themselves by mirroring what others feel and think of them. It is as if they are empathic chameleons that reflect the dominant emotions and thoughts of a social environment. This leads me to believe that when highly sensitive children (or adults) are … Continue reading
Attending to and caring about the emotions of employees and colleagues – that’s for wimps, not for tough businesspeople and efficient performers, right? Wrong! An extensive international study has now shown: The “ability to recognize emotions” affects income. via It pays to have an eye for emotions — ScienceDaily.
A good reminder of the need to heal ourselves in order to help our children thrive. Our pain hurts them more than we understand. “Developmental trauma, or ambient trauma, is trauma that is just everyday life. It’s in the neighborhood, it’s in the household…”
As the first part of our experiment in Nicaragua is coming to an end, I am noticing many changes in us. The boys are much calmer these days. We have come very far the three of us. This experience is by far the hardest we are going through together but also the most rewarding, we … Continue reading
Reglogged from Toxic Parenting – Parenting Children with Depression. Toxic Parenting by Rebecca Rutledge, Ph.D. From the moment you are born, you get messages about who you are and how you should function in the world. Again, the bonds formed early with a child’s primary attachment figures have a tremendous influence on how she will … Continue reading
The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us (re-blogged) By Jeffrey Kluger I am what science calls a singleton. And according to G. Stanley Hall, a psychologist, professor and the first president of the American Psychological Association, I am without a doubt narcissistic, spoiled and a bumbling social mess. And … Continue reading
“Touched With Fire”: Moods and the Creative Mind I’ve stolen the title of this chapter from the book “Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament,” by Kay Redfield Jamison. Lots of people ask me whether there is a relationship between various mood disorders and ADD. There most definitely is. Big mood swings in … Continue reading
Gifted Kids are like cream that rises to the top in a classroom: Not necessarily. Gifted Children can have hidden learning disabilities that go undiscovered because they can easily compensate for them in the early years. As time goes on though, it becomes harder and harder for them to excel. Which can lead to behavior … Continue reading