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As recently as a few decades ago, the study of human emotion was off-limits to serious scientists. Today, however, it is a critical research topic, and the research has yielded some groundbreaking discoveries. Why do we differ from one another in the way we respond emotionally to life events? How do we learn to regulate our emotions, and why do we need to?
By the time we are parents, we understand that the consequences of a single bad choice can reverberate for years, so we want to help our children become competent decision makers. But what skills are required, and how do parents instill them?
Pop psychologists freely use words such as introvert and extravert, but these terms can be misleading as well as harmful to personal development. What do we know about the ways people connect and how important are interpersonal relationships anyway?
In an interview with Vision’s Gina Stepp, researchers Bella DePaulo and Robert Milardo explore the importance of “collateral kin”—aunts, uncles and others who aren’t part of what we often term “immediate” family.
Sibling violence is as old as Cain and Abel. Where is the line between “normal” sibling conflict and abusive behavior, and how and when should parents intervene?
Parents playing favorites is more common than we might think. When it is not recognized and addressed, it can create long-term emotional problems and can devastate family relationships.
Social trends over the last century have so dramatically affected family relationships that interaction between grandparents and grandchildren is almost nonexistent in many families. But the intergenerational gap can be bridged.
The ability to interact well with others is based on shared ideas, especially those concerning moral values and what it is that constitutes and defines ethical behavior.
Is personality merely a random product of genetics, or a construct of unique environmental conditions? What influence can we exert over our own personalities?
Vision interviews Laurie Kramer, associate dean and professor of applied family studies at the University of Illinois. It’s never too late to build healthy relationships between children or to mend a broken sibling bond, says Dr. Kramer.
Howard Gardner believes that intelligence is more than just book smarts. In 1983 he proposed the concept of multiple intelligences: distinct areas in which human beings express cognitive ability.
One of the most important responsibilities that parents take on when they have children is teaching them to regulate their thoughts, emotions and behavior. But how?
The one-size-fits-all approach to education isn’t working; some argue that it has never worked. What’s needed is a new model—one that capitalizes on and nurtures each child’s strengths and creativity.
Children, whatever their inherited traits, are shaped by many outside influences. Where should parents begin in reclaiming their traditional role as authority figures and moral guides for their children?
Over the past few decades, a glut of literature has proclaimed the need to instill self-esteem in children. But how is this best accomplished?
An interview with leadership expert Will Marré suggests that new approaches to over-complicated modern lifestyles will not only help people improve their personal effectiveness but will also yield immense interpersonal benefits.
Although silence has been called "the true friend who never betrays," a growing body of literature suggests that silence is a destructive force in family relationships. Fortunately there are far more effective strategies for ensuring healthy family communication.
Family Violence- What causes families to self-destruct, and how can the greater community help couples solve relationship problems and perhaps even prevent domestic violence?
Supplement to "Parental Guidance Required." Be what you want your child to become.
Research suggests that a child who lacks a positive sense of identity is much more likely to turn violent. Gina Stepp explores five keys to help prevent youth violence.
Supplement to "Off the Assembly Line." We now know that the adolescent mind is as active as a baby’s when it comes to neural pruning in preparation for adult life; it is truly a work in progress.
In his semi-retirement from a long career that focused (literally) on other planets, scientist Robert Nathan has turned his attention back to Earth and to how we humans can extend our stay here.
As parents and teachers know (but many teens don’t), parenthood is not all fun and games and cuddly babies who chortle happily in their prams.
Statistics say very little about how to address the complex problem of teen pregnancy. What are the issues, and what can parents do to help?
When human relationships are good, life is good; and one important relationship for humans is that between people and the land they inhabit.
Deborah Tannen holds the esteemed rank of University Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. A respected linguistics scholar who has written extensively within the scholarly community, she is also author of six books for popular audiences. Vision’s Gina Stepp talked with Tannen about some common misperceptions that can get in the way of effective communication.
Bad joke fodder aside, what makes a good mother-in-law? Or is that an oxymoron? Most women today fill several simultaneous roles; wife, mother, step-mother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, mentor, boss, employee—but being a mother-in-law remains the most challenging one, and it’s loaded with pitfalls.
Are fathers necessary? Based on the statistics, the right type of father is in high demand. In fact, loving, engaged and committed fathers are perhaps more important than ever before.
The first needs of human beings include cuddling, healthy touch and gentle, affectionate stimulation. To develop what psychologists call “secure attachment,” infants need caretakers who demonstrate that they love them. Unfortunately, too many children suffer the consequences of complete neglect, high doses of the wrong kind of stimulation or dysfunctional family relationships.
In its quest to understand the importance of family relationships and issues about marriage, women and children, Vision tells the surprising story of how the original intent of Mother’s Day was quite different from the reason the average family celebrates it today and how the latest brain research may change why we celebrate it in the future.
Arguably, the most difficult part of life is maintaining healthy relationships. What should be at the heart of how we view one another?
Do children need endless structured activities in order to be fulfilled and to ensure a competitive edge as they grow up?
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