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Can we teach gratitude to kids?

Can we teach gratitude to kids?

Written by on August 18, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 3 Comments

A friend lamented to me recently the heart sink she felt on the morning of her 11 year-old-daughter Lucy’s birthday. Even though Lucy had a stack of presents to open, she seemed disappointed there weren’t more of them. She barely glanced at each gift after unwrapping it before she was reaching for the next one […]

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Build self-respect, not self-esteem

Build self-respect, not self-esteem

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 1 Comment

Were you to ask a random selection of individuals whether young people with high self-esteem perform better academically than young people with low self-esteem, the majority would probably respond in the affirmative. But they’d be wrong. This boils down to a misunderstanding about the benefits of self-esteem which, among other things, has spawned the phenomenon […]

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In their words: Professor Helen McGrath & Can excessive parental praise turn good kids into bullies?

In their words: Professor Helen McGrath & Can excessive parental praise turn good kids into bullies?

Written by on September 10, 2014 in Young People with 0 Comments

When most people picture the typical school bully, they think of a kid who is likely to have been bullied themselves. A child with low self-esteem who is trying to make themselves feel better by picking on others. But, in fact, parents who continually and indiscriminately praise their children could be running the risk of […]

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The uses and abuses of self-love

The uses and abuses of self-love

Written by on June 17, 2014 in Relationships with 0 Comments

There’s a lot of discussion these days about that family of emotions that describe concern with one’s self: pride, vanity, conceit and, in particular, narcissism which many commentators (such as Professor Jean Twenge, a keynote at last month’s Happiness & Its Causes conference) argue has reached epidemic proportions, especially amongst young people. Academic philosopher and author […]

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Look at me!

Look at me!

Written by on April 3, 2014 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

Spend an hour or two on Facebook, or trawling through YouTube, or watching the latest Reality TV show, and you could be forgiven for thinking the world is full of folk who meet the definition of narcissism as given in this interview by Professor Jean Twenge, a psychologist and leading researcher into narcissism and youth […]

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O come let us adore me …

O come let us adore me …

Written by on August 28, 2013 in Happiness with 1 Comment

Have you noticed that for some time now it’s been quite fashionable to attribute narcissistic tendencies to those folk we don’t like very much? Parents and partners are probably the main targets, for example, a mother who’s too controlling or a husband who’s too self-absorbed. I admit I’ve even blamed certain problems I’ve had in […]

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