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Study: Parental Depression Is Associated With Worse Childhood Mental Health

According to a new study, children who live with a parent who has depression are more likely to develop depression and do not achieve educational milestones. The findings of the study were published in the open-access journal ‘PLOS ONE’. Maternal depression is a known risk factor for depression in children and is associated with a range of adverse child health and educational outcomes including poorer academic attainment. To date, however, risk factors associated with paternal depression have been less well examined. Understanding the effects of timing of both maternal and paternal depression of offspring outcomes has implications for prevention and early intervention. In the new study, Brophy and colleagues used data from the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) databank assembled as part of the Born in Wales Study funded by the Welsh Government. Information on children born in Wales from 1987 to 2018, as…

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Study: Talking To Kids While Watching Tv Increases Their Curiosity Levels

Increased television watching is associated with poorer development in your younger ones. However, according to a new study, talking to your kids while watching TV is a new way to counter its negative effects. The findings of the study were published in the ‘PLOS ONE Journal’ The more parents engaged in conversation with preschoolers during shared TV time, the more likely those children were to have higher curiosity levels when they reached kindergarten, the new study suggested. This was particularly true for children with socioeconomic disadvantages. “Our findings reinforce the importance of parent conversation to promote early childhood development and curiosity, especially for children from under-resourced families,” said lead author Prachi Shah, M.D. M.S., a developmental and behavioural paediatrician at University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. “We know that more frequent parent-child conversation is promotive of several areas of early child development,…

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Study: Giving Support To Family & Friends As Important As Receiving, Boosts Health

According to new research, the willingness to give social support to your family and friends is as important as receiving assistance as it’s good for your health. The study was published in the ‘Brain, Behavior and Immunity Journal’. While researchers have long thought that receiving social support from others is a key to health, results from studies have shown mixed results. So, the researchers from the Ohio State University decided to see if giving support may also play an important role in health. They found that on one important measure of health — chronic inflammation — indicators of positive social relationships were associated with lower inflammation only among people who said they were available to provide social support to family and friends. In other words, having friends to lean on may not help your health unless you also said that you’re available to help…

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Study: Games Might Reflect Aspects Of Human Cultures

Humans all over the world play games, but games are not played equally throughout the world’s cultures. Humans might use games to store and teach cultural-specific information to community members. For example, if you think of the last game that you played, was it a cooperative game, a competitive game, or a game that you played by yourself? “If you live in Germany, chances are high that you played a competitive game,” says Sarah Leisterer-Peoples, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. Sarah added, “We think that games might reflect aspects of human cultures, such as how competitive and cooperative the cultures are.” Previous research suggests that in socially hierarchical cultures, or those with differences in status and wealth, competitive games are played frequently. And the opposite has also been suggested–in egalitarian cultures, or those with little or no…

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How To Save Yourself From Being Love-Bombed

Over-the-top displays of affection, romantic gifts, constant compliments, hours of ‘our future together’ talks in a new relationship might make you feel on top of the world. But are these gestures authentic or do they originate from something sinister? It could very much be that you have been love-bombed. “Love bombing is when things are too much too soon. When someone is being too intense way too soon, there is a hidden agenda to this avalanche of love and care. When their love and attention seems too good to be true. It probably is. There is no such thing as a perfect relationship. But when someone gives you the idea that it’s perfect. It is because they want you to see that it is,” says Sheelaa M Bajaj, life coach facilitator. In the beginning, it all seems perfect, but soon it turns to abuse.…

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How Active Listening Helps You Build Relationships

In our everyday lives we might hear people, but how often do we intently listen? Listening can be deeply therapeutic and magical. There’s a concept called Active Listening, which can help you build relationships and connect well with people. Well, it’s time we kick aside these shallow talks. Let active listening take you deeper into people’s worlds and form meaningful relationships. This is how you can practise it. Be Present And Attentive Keep aside your phone, bring your mind to the present and be attentive. When you’re fully engaged in a conversation, you offer respect to the one talking. Unfortunately, with our busy schedules and busier mind, this isn’t very common. Being in the present can encourage an honest bond between you and them, where they feel safe and acknowledged.Be Non-Judgemental Every preconceived notion, every judgment, it’s time to keep it all aside. When…

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Signs You’re In A Forced Relationship

Relationships can test you at times. Be it distance or routine, you have to put in effort for it to work and make your relationship more exciting every day. Putting effort into your relationship is never a bad thing, but when it seems like you are giving more than your partner, you can sense a problem. A relationship is a two-way street and it should be fair to both of the people in it. Here are 5 signs which can help you find out if yours is a “forced” relationship. They Don’t Ask You About Your Day While you keenly ask your partner about their day and how it was, they don’t ask you about yours. When you are in a healthy relationship, you are interested in knowing what is going on in each other’s life. If you feel that this conversation is one-sided,…

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Study: Well-Being Programmes Can Improve The Quality Of Work Relationships

According to a new study, participation in workplace health and welfare programmes can improve the quality of work relationships and reduce bullying. The findings of the research have been published in the ‘British Journal of Management’. Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA), working in collaboration with insurance and investments company Vitality, found that the more employees engage with health and wellbeing programmes (HWPs) the better the quality of co-worker relationships, the less they experience bullying over time, and the better their longer-term wellbeing and job satisfaction. Unexpectedly, the results suggested that even when senior managers are not committed to these initiatives, employee engagement with HWPs is associated with better relationships at work and the same subsequent positive benefits. The researchers said the findings are particularly relevant given the new patterns of working which have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Study Finds Ways To Make Waiting Less Arduous For Toddlers

When toddlers have to wait, it is often difficult for them, as they can’t yet regulate their emotions. A new study has found that left to their own devices, children prefer activities that correspond to their temperament. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Child Development’. Toddlers were able to learn to distract themselves by observing a stranger and generalising the observed behaviour. When their mother wants to finish typing an email or their father is on the phone, toddlers can get restless very quickly: at this age, waiting is not something they are good at. How can parents teach their children to cope better with such waiting situations? This question was the starting point for the study that involved 96 toddlers aged two and their parents. A previous study had shown that children can learn through observation to distract themselves…

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Study: The Way People Laugh Can Reveal Their Cultural Group

Can we infer someone’s cultural group from their laugher? A new study by researchers from the University of Amsterdam with international colleagues shows that our laughter gives us away. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Philosophical Transactions B’. The study included Dutch and Japanese producers of laughter and listeners. Listeners could detect whether a laughing person is from their own or another cultural group by only hearing a brief laughter segment. Spontaneous laughter was rated as most positive by both groups. Laughter is a strong nonverbal vocalisation, which is frequently used to signal affiliation, reward, or cooperative intent, and often helps to maintain and strengthen social bonds. An important distinction is between spontaneous and voluntary laughter. Spontaneous laughter is typically an uncontrolled reaction, for instance to hilarious jokes, and includes hard-to-fake acoustic features. Voluntary laughter is produced by purposefully modulating…

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Students Who Repeat Grade Experience More Bullying: Study

According to a new study of nearly half a million subjects, students who have repeated a grade have higher risks of being victims of bullying in countries around the world. The study was published in the journal PLOS Medicine by Xiayun Zuo of Fudan University, China. It was a part of the PLOS Medicine Special Issue on Global Child Health. Addressing and preventing school violence, including bullying, is a specific target of the United National Sustainable Development Goals. Few studies involving large samples have examined the association between grade repetition and bullying victimization. In the new study, researchers used data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PIA) 2018, which included information on 465,146 students aged 15 and 16 from 74 countries/economies. Overall, 12.25 per cent of included students had repeated a grade and 30.32 per cent of students reported having experienced bullying at…

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Study: Best Way To Avoid Procrastination

New research from the University of Otago has found that no deadline or shorter deadlines work better to avoid procrastinating a task. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Economic Inquiry’. Professor Stephen Knowles, from the Otago Business School, Department of Economics, and his co-authors tested the effect of deadline length on task completion. Participants were invited to complete an online survey in which a donation goes to charity. They were given either one week, one month, or no deadline to respond. Professor Knowles said the research began because he and his team — Dr Murat Genc, from Otago’s Department of Economics, Dr Trudy Sullivan, from Otago’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, and Professor Maros Servatka, from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management — were interested in helping charities raise more money. However, the results are applicable to any situation…

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Study: Strategies To Help ‘Picky Eaters’ Deal With Food Aversions

In a new study, adults who struggled with picky eating habits as children said they benefitted more from positive and encouraging strategies their parents used than forceful or coercive approaches. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘International Journal of Eating Disorders’. The research, led by a team at Duke Health, was conducted among a generation of people who struggled with food avoidance before it was identified in 2013 as a psychiatric condition called Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). The researchers said their findings provide guidance for both families and behavioural health professionals for developing best practices to deal with extreme food aversions. When picky eating is severe, it is diagnosed as ARFID. The condition is characterised by health problems such as weight loss and nutritional deficiencies and it can also lead to social and emotional problems when mealtimes become a…

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Study: Common Household Noises May Be Stressing Your Dog

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that people may not recognize that their dog is stressed when exposed to common household noises. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science. While it’s well-established that sudden loud noises, such as fireworks or thunderstorms, commonly trigger a dog’s anxiety, a new study finds even common noises, such as a vacuum or microwave can be a trigger. The research found that high-frequency, intermittent noises such as the battery warning of a smoke detector are more likely to cause dog anxiety, rather than low-frequency, continuous noise. “We know that there are a lot of dogs that have noise sensitivities, but we underestimate their fearfulness to noise we consider normal because many dog owners can’t read body language,” said lead author Emma Grigg, a research associate and lecturer at the UC Davis School…

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Study: Pandemic Solitude Was Positive Experience For Many

According to a new research, time spent alone during the coronavirus pandemic led to positive effects on well-being across all ages. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Frontiers in Psychology’. The study of more than 2000 teenagers and adults found that most people experienced benefits from solitude during the early days of the global COVID-19 pandemic. All age groups experienced positive as well as negative effects of being alone. However, the researchers found that descriptions of solitude included more positive effects than negative. On average, well-being scores when participants were alone were 5 out of 7 across all ages, including adolescents aged 13-16. Some study participants talked about worsening mood or wellbeing, but most described their experiences of solitude in terms of feeling, competent and feeling autonomous. 43 per cent of all respondents mentioned that solitude involved activities and experiences…

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Study: Nurses As Parents Exemplify Link Between Poor Sleep, Daily Stress

Research has revealed that nurses who also are parents might be more susceptible than other groups to daily stress aggravated by poor sleep. The consequences of the sleep-stressor link in nurses with children may affect their caregiving at home and on the job, where nurses represent the largest population of front-line health care workers. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Sleep Research’. “We were really interested in looking at how the sleep-stressor relationship is different for nurses who are parents and nurses who are not parents,” said lead author Taylor Harris, a doctoral student in counselling psychology at the University of Kansas. “We also wanted to look at how many children parents have further influences the relationship between sleep and stress in those working parents because caregiving at work and at home can be particularly difficult — sometimes we…

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Study: Women Are More Reluctant Than Men To Ask For Deadline Extensions

A new research has found that women are less likely than men to ask for more time to complete projects with adjustable deadlines at work or school. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’. Compared to men, women were more concerned that they would be burdening others by asking for an extension, and that they would be seen as incompetent, the study showed. Prior research has shown that women feel more time stress than men do, and feeling uncomfortable about asking for more time to complete projects may be one important reason why, said Grant Donnelly, co-author of the study and assistant professor of marketing at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. “Women understandably feel like they have too many things to do and not enough time to do them. We found…

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Study: Men Experience More Emotional Pain During Breakups

The findings of a new study of online relationship support suggest that men tend to experience emotional pain more than women when their relationship takes a turn for the worse. The study and its results have been published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. An international team of psychologists led by researchers at Lancaster University conducted the first-ever “big data” analysis of relationship problems. The study began as an attempt to create a map of the most common relationship problems experienced by people outside of clinical and counselling settings. “Most of what we know about relationship problems comes from studies of people in couples therapy, which includes a rather specific subset of people — people who have the time, money, and motive to work on their relationship problems,” said Charlotte Entwistle, lead author of the study. “We wanted to understand not only…

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Study: Joining Social Media Before Age 11 Related To Problematic Digital Behaviour

A new study has suggested that using Instagram or Snapchat before age 11 is significantly related to more problematic digital behaviours, compared to those who joined these platforms when they were older. The study published in Computers in Human Behavior also found that parental restrictions on phone use and checking social media ameliorated some of the negative effects. “Social media sites all require a minimum age of 13 to register, but the reality is that many users are younger than that: one-third of our sample had already started using social media at age 11 or 12 and another one-third had begun at age 10 or younger,” said the study’s lead author Linda Charmaraman, PhD, director of the Youth, Media and Wellbeing Research Lab at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). “This study helps us understand the risks and benefits for kids and tweens so…

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Study Finds How Young Adults Cope With Missing Out During Covid-19 Pandemic

A new study of college students’ experiences with loss during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that although few directly experienced a close death, everyone lost something that left an impact on their lives. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Death Studies’. Researchers collected the stories as part of class assignments where students reflected on their earliest and most significant losses regarding COVID-19. Although grieving deaths were mentioned by several participants, most talked about what are often referred to as “shadow losses,” said Raven Weaver, assistant professor in Washington State University’s Department of Human Development. The term ‘shadow loss,’ coined by thanatologist Cole Imperi, reflects losses in life, not of life. Those types of losses include losing social experiences, like going to football games or parties, not seeing family or friends in person or bigger events like having a wedding cancelled.…

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Study: Poor Parents Who Receive Universal Payments Spend More On Kids

When given cash with no strings attached, low and middle-income parents increased their spending on their children, according to Washington State University research. The study, published in the journal ‘Social Forces’, also found that the additional funding had little impact on child-related expenditures of high-income parents. For the study, WSU sociologist Mariana Amorim analyzed spending by recipients of the Alaska Permanent Fund payments. Funded by state oil revenues, the fund is the closest program in the United States to a universal basic income. Every resident in Alaska receives a payment called a dividend; the total amount varies each year, but during the time span of this study, 1996-2015, payments averaged around USD 1,812 a person, or USD 7,248 for a four-person family, when adjusted for inflation to 2014 dollars. Amorim found that after the lump sum payments, low- and middle-income parents made more education,…

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Study: Women Are Not More Emotional Than Men

Contrary to widely held gender stereotypes, women are not more emotional than men, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. Feelings such as enthusiasm, nervousness, or strength are often interpreted differently between the two genders. It’s what being “emotional” means to men vs. women that is part of a new University of Michigan study that dispels these biases. For instance, a man whose emotions fluctuate during a sporting event is described as “passionate.” But a woman whose emotions change due to any event, even if provoked, is considered “irrational,” says the study’s senior author Adriene Beltz, U-M assistant professor of psychology. Beltz and colleagues Alexander Weigard, U-M assistant professor of psychiatry, and Amy Loviska, a graduate student at Purdue University, followed 142 men and women over 75 days to learn more about their daily emotions, both positive and negative. The women were divided…

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Study Finds How Social Media Changes Way People Get To Know Each Another

According to a new book by a Penn State researcher, social media has the ability to connect people with almost anyone in the world; however it can also change the way brains form new social relationships, maintain current ones, and participate in social groups. The book, ‘Social Media Communication: Trends and Theories’, written by Bu Zhong, associate professor of communications at Penn State, explores how social media affects information processing, the media industry, and business marketing, as well as interpersonal and group communication. Zhong said he wanted to write the book not to examine specific platforms like Facebook and TikTok, but to analyse how social media as a whole affects the human mind and behaviour, as well as business and industry. “The popularity of social media, to many, might be plausibly attributed to the influx of new media technologies,” Zhong said. “The vital driving…

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Karva Chauth 2021: Couples Breaking Stereotypes By Breaking Fast Together

Close your eyes and think of Karva Chauth. What comes to mind? Perhaps a woman, dressed in a glittering red saree, holding a chhanni (sieve) in her hand, facing her husband. Traditionally on this one-day festival, married women do not consume any food or water from sunrise to moonrise, to increase the longevity of their husbands’ life. With changing times, many men have decided to reciprocate this expression of love, by partaking in the fasting ritual. So this Karva Chauth 2021, without stealing much light from the patient and determined women, here’s a small ode to men who observe the Karva Chauth fast for their better halves. Married for the past 14 years, Gaurav Malhotra, 39, has been fasting on Karva Chauth for the past few years and is planning to do so this time as well. However, he avoids disclosing this to his…

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Study Finds How Retirement Impacts Social Support & Wellbeing

New research shows that Australian couples moving into retirement tend to maintain their social networks, and many see an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing. High levels of social connectedness are linked with better health and wellbeing, so this is good news for those with strong social ties. However, for those with low levels of support, it suggests that policies and programs to increase support in retirement could improve wellbeing. The World Health Organisation says social isolation and loneliness have a serious impact on older people’s physical and mental health, quality of life and longevity, compared to other well-established risk factors such as smoking, obesity and physical inactivity. “For some people, social support might decrease when they retire, as they lose work connections or move home, while for others retirement brings more opportunities to strengthen ties or make new friends,” says co-author UTS…

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Study Finds Role Of Motivation For Healthy Aging

Motivation science investigates what it is that people desire and dislike or even fear, how these desires, dislikes, and fears are transformed into goals, how people go about pursuing these goals successfully or disengage from them if necessary, and how these processes change over time. “Motivation is the royal road to understanding healthy aging,” said a recent supplemental issue to The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. The supplement is comprised of nine articles addressing one or more components of a motivational model of healthy aging by reviewing the pertinent research and highlighting open research questions aiming to advance the field of motivation and healthy aging. The supplement was funded by the Swiss foundation Velux Stiftung. In June 2018, the foundation organized the first interdisciplinary workshop in Zurich in order to shed light on the role of motivation for healthy…

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Study: Disney Animated Movies Helps With Child Development

According to a study by the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Disney animated movies can serve as valuable tools for parents and counsellors alike to improve communication with children about tough issues. Disney films, for example, combine entertainment with life lessons about love, friendship, good versus evil, death and loss, and the importance of family. Talking about these important issues together can strengthen a child’s cognitive and behavioural development. These findings were published in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Researchers analyzed 155 feature-length animated Disney films released between 1937 and 2020 and found the majority do not focus on the entire family unit – 63 per cent did not mention the main character’s biological parents in the story, perhaps leaving some children to wonder why their parents are not there to help. Parents have become notably more visible in…

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Study: Covid-19 Related Parenting Stress Impacted Eating Habits Of Children

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Houston College of Education, the incredible stress parents experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative effect on the eating habits of their children. The findings were published in the journal Current Psychology. When stay-at-home mandates were ordered and the school went virtual at the onset of the pandemic, many parents suddenly had to juggle multiple roles such as caregiver, employee and educator. Leslie Frankel, associate professor of human development and family studies, said all those responsibilities took a toll on parents’ mental health, and in turn, what and how much their children were consuming. Previous research has shown that stress, in general, is known to have a negative impact on parent-child feeding interactions, but new findings reveal COVID-19 only magnified the problem. “These parents do not have the time, energy or emotional…

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Study: Adolescents Breakfast Habits Are Affected By Socio-Economic & Gender Inequalities

Breakfast, which is known to be extremely important, especially during periods of growth and learning, such as adolescence because it’s the first meal of the day and hence vital for providing the energy needed to start the school day. Nevertheless, a high percentage of young people, both boys and girls, do not eat breakfast. A recent study carried out by experts from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Manresa Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) analysed the extent to which adolescents miss breakfast, concluding that 19 per cent of girls and 13 per cent of boys do not eat breakfast. The findings were published in the journal ‘Nutrients’. “Our research has found that adolescents’ breakfast habits are affected by socio-economic and gender inequalities. Furthermore, the risk of…

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Study Finds Size & Scope Of Bullying Kids With Food Allergies

 A new study has determined the size and scope of bullying kids with food allergies experience by offering them a multi-question assessment. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Pediatric Psychology’. Living with a food allergy can greatly impact a child’s everyday life — from limiting participation in social activities to being treated differently by peers. When asked a simple “yes” or “no” question about food allergy-related bullying, 17 per cent of kids said they’d been bullied, teased or harassed about their food allergy. But when asked to reply to a multi-item list of victimisation behaviours, that number jumped to 31 per cent. Furthermore, Children’s National Hospital researchers found that only 12 per cent of parents reported being aware of it. The reported bullying ranged from verbal teasing or criticism to more overt acts such as an allergen being waved…

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Parental Beliefs & Knowledge May Impact Child Development: Study

A new study has found that children’s brain development can depend on their parents’ knowledge and beliefs. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Nature Communications’. University of Chicago Medicine paediatrician Dana Suskind, MD, along with University of Chicago economists John List, PhD, and Julie Pernaudet, PhD investigated one potential source of discrepancy in child skill level: disparity in parents’ beliefs about their influence over their children’s development. Through experimental studies involving hundreds of families across the Chicagoland area, the researchers show parental knowledge and beliefs differ across socioeconomic status. But these beliefs can, with the right intervention, be changed. Moreover, these changes can have measurable effects on child outcomes. The results may offer policymakers insights into addressing an important contributor to disparities in child skill development. “Neuroscience clearly shows that building early brain connections in children relies on the nurturing…

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Study: Parental Knowledge & Beliefs May Impact Child Development

A new study has found that parental knowledge and beliefs can impact their children’s brain development. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Nature Communications’. University of Chicago Medicine paediatrician Dana Suskind, MD, along with University of Chicago economists John List, PhD, and Julie Pernaudet, PhD investigated one potential source of discrepancy in child skill level: disparity in parents’ beliefs about their influence over their children’s development. Through experimental studies involving hundreds of families across the Chicagoland area, the researchers show parental knowledge and beliefs differ across socioeconomic status. But these beliefs can, with the right intervention, be changed. Moreover, these changes can have measurable effects on child outcomes. The results may offer policymakers insights into addressing an important contributor to disparities in child skill development. “Neuroscience clearly shows that building early brain connections in children relies on the nurturing ‘serve…

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People Who Suffered In Past More Likely To Get Praised For Good Deeds In Future: Study

A team of researchers from the University of Missouri have discovered that people tend to give more praise to someone for their good deeds as an adult after discovering that person has also had to overcome adversity or suffering earlier in life, such as abuse and neglect as a child. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Experimental Social Psychology’. Philip Robbins, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy in the MU College of Arts and Science, said these findings can help to narrow a knowledge gap found in both psychology and philosophy, two disciplines that study human behaviour. “Historically, psychology and philosophy have had a stronger focus on the ‘dark’ side of human behaviour, such as moral wrongdoing, and less attention has been placed on studying the ‘light’ side of human behaviour, such as acts of…

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Morality Demonstrated In Stories Influence Early Adolescents: Study

A new study has looked at how exposure to media content featuring specific moral values (care, fairness, loyalty and authority) might influence the weight kids place on those values. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Media Psychology’. The main study showed that exposure to books emphasising four separate moral values increased the salience of their respective intuitions in early adolescents. An important lesson in the moral education of children could be as close as the book in their hands. Stories matter. And they can play a role in shifting the importance of particular moral values in young audiences, according to the results of a new study. “Media can distinctly influence separate moral values and get kids to place more or less importance on those values depending on what is uniquely emphasised in that content,” said Lindsay Hahn, PhD, an…

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Study Suggests People Enjoy Deep Conversations With Strangers

According to the findings of new research, even though people often stick to small talk with strangers because they underestimate how much others are interested in their lives, but they can actually benefit from deep and meaningful conversations that help to forge connections with one another. Published by the American Psychological Association, the findings of the study appear in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. “Connecting with others in meaningful ways tends to make people happier, and yet people also seem reluctant to engage in deeper and more meaningful conversation,” said Nicholas Epley, PhD, a professor of behavioural science at the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. Epley, who is also a co-author of the study, continued, “This struck us as an interesting social paradox: If connecting with others in deep and meaningful ways increases well-being, then why aren’t people doing it…

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Study Shows Free Play May Help Infants Learn, Develop

A new study by researchers at New York University has identified everyday inputs to infants’ natural learning by examining free play outside the confines of lab settings and pre-selected toys. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Child Development’. The benefits of object play (blocks, puzzles, cars, dolls and so on) for infant learning and development are well documented. However, nearly nothing is known about how natural play unfolds in the ecologically valid home environment (real-life settings). Indeed, research on infant play is limited to structured tasks in child-friendly lab environments, where infants engage with predetermined objects for a fixed amount of time. Although structured observations illuminate how infants explore, interact, and learn with novel objects under controlled conditions, they reveal little about how infants spontaneously play in their everyday environments. “Our findings show an essential first step in identifying the…

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Couples Really Are Together In Sickness And In Health

According to a recent cohort study that looked at Dutch and Japanese marriages, a couple’s health is surprisingly intertwined. The study published in the journal ‘Atherosclerosis’ discovered that spouses have a high degree of commonality in not only lifestyle habits, but body shape, blood pressure, and even incidences of some diseases. When it comes to marriage, the adage “birds of a feather flock together” is relatively true. Previous studies have indicated that we gravitate towards people of similar social class, educational background, race, and weight. The scientific name for this is assertive mating, and it means that spouses are often genetically similar. This allows researchers to explore environmental factors in greater detail. Researchers examined 5,391 pairs from Japan and 28,265 from the Netherlands, drawing on data from the Tohoku Medical Megabank Project, and the Lifelines study in the Netherlands. Couples from both countries shared…

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Reasons We Cheat On Our Romantic Partners

There is nothing worse than discovering that your partner has cheated on you. A good romantic relationship builds on mutual trust, respect, admiration, and attraction. When a loved one commits an act of infidelity, the bond of trust has been broken. You probably no longer feel respected or admired. Worst of all, you may no longer feel that your significant other is attracted to you. Despite these potentially devastating consequences, we often cheat on our partners. Why are so many of us unfaithful? Here are the top reasons: We crave excitement and unpredictability Most of us think that the “honeymoon phase” of relationships is what romantic love is supposed to be like all the time. We fail to see that the early stages of romantic relationships are not what healthy romantic love is like. Once the ecstasy, excitement, and unpredictability of the honeymoon phase of our romantic relationship are gone,…

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Conversation Starter Topics To Have A Good Virtual Date

In the world of virtual dating, it can be hard to think of ideas to go beyond ‘hey’ or ‘hello’, but nothing beats the chemistry of a good conversation to calm the nerves! Your first (virtual) date should be lighthearted and a two-way street. The easiest way to do so is to ask questions that matter to you and check your partner’s interest in the same. All in all, don’t be afraid to be yourself, after all the aim is to find someone as like-minded (or goofy) as you are. Having introduced people to their love stories for over two decades from all around the world, dating app OkCupid lists down conversation starters that will get you and your date talking! ‘What’s something that you really want to do?’ Being able to uninhibitedly discuss your dreams, goals, and desires on a first date can…

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Ankita Konwar Talks About Healing And Self-Love

Milind Soman’s wife Ankita Konwar believes that healing is a process, and we need to embrace it to understand the journey our body and mind takes. The 30-year-old, who is a fitness enthusiast just like her husband, often talks about the importance of staying mentally and physically healthy. She even shares inspiring videos with her fans to motivate them. Her latest Instagram reel also talks about the same. Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Ankita shared a video of herself in which she answered the question, “Who got her smiling like that?” The video is a mashup of different clips of Ankita that show her doing various activities that she loves, like swimming, yoga, cycling, running, and more. Ankita captioned the post, “Healing is a process, embrace it! #healing #loveyourself #feelitreelit #reelsindia,” and we agree. The video sends out the vital message of self-love and giving yourself time to heal from past wounds.…

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Research Reveals Parental Alienation, Partner Abuse Are Similar

According to a new study, parental alienating behaviours and coercively controlling abuse are similar. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Personal Relationships’. Abusive intimate relationships are sometimes characterised by a power imbalance, with the abuser maintaining control over the abused party by limiting their financial, social and other choices. This is known as coercive control, or battery when severe physical abuse is involved. But what happens when the abuser uses the couple’s children as a weapon of control? This particular situation has a name — parental alienating behaviours — and Colorado State University social psychologist Jennifer Harman has devoted much of her career to bringing awareness to the issue via scientific inquiry. Parental alienating behaviours are those in which a parent tries to baselessly turn a child against the other parent, usually during a divorce or separation, through actions like…

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How People Find Love

Finding a partner with whom to share your life can be a hopeful, difficult, invigorating, and challenging process. Seeking an appropriate mate is considered as one of the primary responsibilities of adulthood, and whether their approach is to flirt in line at a coffee shop, peruse hundreds of online profiles, or ask friends or family to arrange dates, people devote enormous amounts of thought and energy to the task. To find someone you’ll be comfortable with for the rest of your life, though, it may be necessary to go far outside your comfort zone. The Laws of Attraction Human attraction is driven by biological and evolutionary factors, but it can also be idiosyncratic. We may find ourselves attracted to many people, at least momentarily. Determining whether our interest in or connection with someone reflects a temporary infatuation or true love can sometimes be challenging,…

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Planning To Propose Your Partner? Things To Look Out For

“When you know, you know.” You must’ve heard this so many times – in your regular conversations or even in the rom-com that you may have binge-watched on. But what does it mean, really? This simple advice, all of four words, might sound too vague. Removing the rose-tinted glasses from the vision of marriage, let’s talk about the realities you need to consider to figure out if you’re ready to pop the question. Marriage might seem like fun and romance, in anticipation of living with the person you love, but it can also get difficult on matters you might not have touched upon or don’t have a common understanding on. It comes with a lot of responsibility and sacrifices. If you are planning to propose to your partner anytime soon, here’s a few things that will help you.  Do You Share Similar Values And Goals? Love is important in…

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Study Examines Relationship Between Eye Contact & Conversation

A recent study suggested making and breaking eye contact while talking to someone makes a conversation more engaging. Washington [US], September 12 : These findings have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Making repeated eye contact when talking to someone is common, but why do people do it? According to the findings of a new Dartmouth study, when two people are having a conversation, eye contact occurs during moments of “shared attention” when both people are engaged, with their pupils dilating in synchrony as a result. “Eye contact is really immersive and powerful. When two people are having a conversation, eye contact signals that shared attention is high- that they are in peak synchrony with one another. As eye contact persists, that synchrony then decreases,” said lead author Sophie Wohltjen, a graduate student in psychological and brain sciences at…

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How New-Age Matrimonial Sites Are Turning More Secure

What are the three words that everyone wants to hear these days, apart from the ones that we can easily predict? – It’s a match? (Well, almost three.) Indeed, be it a matter of dating or of marriage, a match is what everyone’s looking for. Gone are the days when a wing mate would provide support to someone. Now, that role lies with technology, precisely a compatibility algorithm powered by artificial intelligence (AI). We have heard about AI in our cars and phones to whatnot, and now, the same technology is helping people find love or a life partner. The world is changing rapidly and although a few websites did make it easy for people to find their life partners, there was still something missing in the entire process. People were sometimes conned by false details, or the fee involved was too high for people to subscribe to them.…

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Study: Relationship Satisfaction, Love, Intimacy Have Lowered Post Lockdown

The findings of a new study on dating and married couples in India who were surveyed before and after India’s COVID-19 lockdown, suggested that relationship satisfaction, love, intimacy, and passion have significantly lowered post lockdown. The study, which was published in Family Relations, found that commitment among those who were dating remained unaffected. For those who were dating, watching movies together and revisiting old memories were activities associated with love. For married couples, doing household chores, cooking, and watching movies together were associated with love. The study included 100 participants (65 dating and 35 married) who were surveyed in two waves, first in January-March and then in May after the lockdown. “Love in relationships has been collateral damage to COVID-19. How couples spent time with each other is the key to maintain love. Watching movies together, reminiscing positive experiences, and sharing housework led to…

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How To Love Yourself

Your mind can be your closest ally or your worst enemy. How often has the tiny critic in your head held you back? Self-care is making your thoughts and feelings a priority each day of your life. Looking after yourself involves supporting your mental health, eating healthy, being physically active, developing self-awareness, and avoiding risks that could impair your well-being. Loving yourself can be tough. It is possible to be kind to yourself when the sun’s shining, but self-care can be a tough routine to follow when nothing’s going your way. Practising self-care can help improve your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being so that you can count on yourself when you need to most. Self-care can be a powerful tool when it is put into use as a daily reminder of activities and behaviours that nurture your soul, rather than as an emergency…

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Leaders Become Successful When Able To Mentally Reattach To Work: Study

Getting into the right mindset for work can set the tone for the rest of your day – and it’s an especially beneficial practice for managers.  The findings of a new study suggest that on the days that leaders and managers were better able to reattach to work in the morning, they experienced higher positive moods and work focus, allowing them to be more successful throughout the day. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Vocational Behavior’. Getting into the right mindset for work can set the tone for the rest of your day – and it’s an especially beneficial practice for managers, the Portland State University study found. Mentally reconnecting to work – thinking about what you want to accomplish that day, what’s on your day’s agenda or what situations you might encounter before you even open your work email – better prepares…

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People often avoid feeling compassion for others

Washington [US], September 5 : Researchers during a series of studies found that given the option, people often chose to avoid feeling compassion for others. They also reported that doing so was mentally effortful and which were linked to their choices.The findings of the studies were published in the ‘Journal of Experimental Psychology.’ The researchers also found that if the situation involved a person they were close to, such as a family member, people were more likely to choose to feel compassion and that being compassionate in this context was easier.Julian Scheffer, a Penn State graduate and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, said the findings suggest a need for new ways to encourage people to open themselves up to feeling compassion for others — especially in times of division and hardship.“Experiencing compassion often leads to wanting to help others and…

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Study Finds If Distressed, Help-Seeking Couples Improve On Their Own

A new study has sought to examine what happens to couples who seek online help for their relationship but have to wait six months before beginning an intervention program. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Family Process’. “Given the ways couple dynamics affect individuals, any children, and the broader community, knowing how to support couples experiencing distress is a key area of interest for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers,” explained Allen Barton, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois, and lead author on the study. “This research aims to provide insights into the dynamics and trajectories of distressed couples. We wanted to see if these relationships continued to deteriorate, remained the same, or started to improve on their own,” added Barton. The study included a nationwide sample of 221 couples assigned to…

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Here’s How Isolation Affects People’s Social Interaction, Especially Amid Covid

The scholars speculate that acute isolation may not be enough to significantly influence males’ sexual motivation with females or aggressive motivation with other males. But it can have a strong effect on the craving for affiliative social contact thought to motivate females’ social interaction. The findings of a new Cornell University research suggested that female mice exhibit a strong drive to socialise with other females following periods of acute isolation, significantly increasing their production of social calls that are akin to human emotional vocalisations. The researchers, whose study was published in PLOS ONE, said their behaviour suggests a promising pathway for understanding the brain mechanisms through which isolation affects people’s social motivation and mental health – a growing concern during the Covid-19 pandemic. “That kind of social interaction between female mice is the most equivalent to our daily interactions with other people,” said Katherine…

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People Often Avoid Feeling Compassion For Others, Feel It’s A Lot Of Effort: Study

In a series of studies, the researchers found that when given the option, people often chose to avoid feeling compassion for others and reported that doing so was mentally effortful, which were linked to their choices. The findings of the studies were published in the ‘Journal of Experimental Psychology’. The researchers also found that if the situation involved a person they were close to, such as a family member, people were more likely to choose to feel compassion and that being compassionate in this context was easier. Julian Scheffer, a Penn State graduate and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, said the findings suggest a need for new ways to encourage people to open themselves up to feeling compassion for others — especially in times of division and hardship. “Experiencing compassion often leads to wanting to help others and improve their…

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How Parents Can Be ‘Emotion Coaches’ As Kids Go To School During Covid-19

Parents should take time to talk with their children before school starts amid Covid-19. For an anxious child, this might be five minutes of validation and support each day. For another child, checking in occasionally may be enough. Here are some tips for ’emotion coaching’ As children head back to school, families are once again facing a September of uncertainty. This worry is compounded by depressive and anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents that have doubled in the past 18 months. Our team has been studying the mental health of children and families since the start of the pandemic to develop strategies that support those who are struggling. Getting kids back in the classroom is an important step. However, we must not forget the well-being of families, as children are most successful when they are jointly supported in both the classroom and at home.…

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Why Is It Important To Set Boundaries In A Relationship

Boundaries describe where one thing ends and another begins. Similarly, relationship boundaries help each person figure out where one person ends and the other begins. In short, boundaries help you define what you are comfortable with and how you would like to be treated by others. Boundaries can also be described as how emotionally or physically close you let people get to you. Before getting into how you can fix these boundaries, let’s understand some of the common signs you might have boundary issues in your relationship: • You feel like your partner is too involved in your business.• You often find yourself sucked into pointless fighting or debating regularly.• When in trouble, you have to save them and fix their problems for them.• You find each other far more invested or attracted to each other than you should.• And the most common sign that…

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Ways To Deal With Friendship Breakup

Whether it is for answering our frantic calls in the middle of the night or being there when we need them by our side, most of us rely on our friends for almost everything. They know the real version of us, which could be messy, needy, and even mean, yet they choose to love us for it. But for several reasons which we might not even be able to decipher at times, friendships fall apart. All of us are painstakingly familiar with the concept of loss. And while the reasons and magnitude of each loss may vary, losing a friend is never easy. 1. Don’t try to force closure Closure feels like an emotionally healthy thing to seek – but it has to come naturally, and when you’re both calm. If you’re in the thick of a dramatic breakup with your best friend, it…

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Pay Attention To These Red Flags In A Relationship

How would you react if somebody told you that you could actually predict if your partner is the right one for you or not? Sounds too good to be true right! But this can happen only if you are aware and notice the red flags at the initial stage in your relationship! What Are The Red Flags? No matter how beautiful and in love they make us feel, relationships are complicated! They are unpredictable as you don’t know what really lies ahead. But wouldn’t it be an amazing process if you could predict and analyze whether your partner is ‘the one for you or not’? Of course, there aren’t any superpowers to gauge this, all you need to do is pay attention to some subtle yet essential red flags! Enlisted below is a glimpse at some of these signs to help you notice whether…

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Signs Your Partner Really Cares For You

As we move through this life, we attach ourselves to people we think will bring us comfort and support. While this doesn’t always prove true, when we’re lucky we run into the right person who believes in us and cares for us genuinely. Is your partner someone who cares for you deeply? Are they there for you in your lowest moments and celebrating with you in your triumphs? Awareness is one of the primary keys to any happy relationship. When we’re invested in someone who really cares about us, there’s a number of signs we can look out for. From a pattern of actively listening to unconditional acceptance, and a willing accountability — true care is demonstrated not just in our words, but the way in which we behave with our partners as well. Signs your partner really cares for you:- Actively listening Active…

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Texting Habits That Ruins Your Relationship

Bad texting habits are considered a veritable communication problem in a relationship. If you text too often, it can cause annoyance. If you text less, you could be called indifferent by your SO. Experts say that if a couple is not careful about their texting habits, it can even lead to a split. Needless to say, bad texting habits pose miscommunication and misunderstanding threats. There are even studies that have looked into texting issues. A few years ago, researchers at Brigham Young University in the US studied 276 young adults across America and showed in their paper that technology can create some serious disruptions in committed relationships. In their report, published in the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, the researchers showed that for women, text messages, where they are apologising or pleading for resolution of differences, are associated with lower relationship quality. On…

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Covid-19 Pandemic Resulted In Increased Rates Of Intimate Partner Aggression

According to a new study led by Georgia State University researchers, the implementation of shelter-in-place restrictions due to the pandemic has resulted in increased rates of physical and psychological aggression among couples. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Psychology of Violence’. The study found that the pandemic resulted in a six-to-eightfold increase in rates of intimate partner aggression across the US.Physical aggression increased from two acts per year before the pandemic to 15 acts per year once shelter-in-place restrictions began. Psychological aggression increased from 16 acts per year to 96 acts per year. The findings indicated that stress related to the pandemic was strongly associated with the perpetration of intimate partner aggression, even among individuals considered at low risk. “If you think about it, that [increase] represents an enormous shift in people’s day-to-day lives,” said the study’s lead author Dominic…

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How To Deal With An Angry Partner

Anger is a powerful emotion that can cause untold destruction if it continues unchecked. Just like a forest fire, which destroys towering trees, houses, and lives in its path, so it is with anger which gets out of control. So if you are wondering how to control anger in a relationship or how to deal with an angry spouse, then read on. Ways that can be helpful when you are dealing with an angry partner: 1. Do keep calm Want to learn the secret of how to deal with an angry husband or how to deal with an angry wife? It’s simple – maintain your calm and composure. Admittedly this may not be easy to do, especially when your angry spouse is lashing out at you, but the calmer you can remain, the quicker your partner will get over his or her outburst. Keeping calm is a temporary strategy…

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5 Ways To Let Your Crush Know You’re Into Them

Having a crush on someone who makes your heart flutter is fun. There’s nothing that can compare to that feeling when your crush walks into the room or when you two can’t stop talking to one another, but how do you let your crush know you’re into them? Whether it’s a crush on a coworker or a crush on a friend, you can’t seem to get your mind off them. What do you do with this healthy love obsession? The next logical step probably is to let them know you are interested. However, this is the part that’s not so easy. It’s effortless to daydream about you two kissing, but it’s another story when you have to make that dream into a reality. Here are the way you can let your crush know you are feeling them: 1. Write Them A Love Note Actions sometimes speak louder than…

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Having A Good Listener Improves Brain Health: Study

Researchers observed that simply having someone available most or all of the time whom you can count on to listen to you when you need to talk is a measure of your brain’s ability to function better than would be expected for the amount of physical ageing, or disease-related changes in the brain. The findings of a new study suggest that supportive social interactions during adulthood are important for one’s ability to stave off cognitive decline despite brain ageing or neuropathological changes such as those present in Alzheimer’s disease. In the study published in JAMA Network Open, researchers observed that simply having someone available most or all of the time whom you can count on to listen to you when you need to talk is associated with greater cognitive resilience, a measure of your brain’s ability to function better than would be expected for the amount of physical ageing, or disease-related…

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Ways To Avoid Boredom In Your Relationship

When you’ve been in a relationship for a long time, experts say it’s pretty common to feel a sense of boredom. In many cases, there’s really nothing to worry about. But if you’re wondering how to not get bored in a relationship, there are some pretty effective ways to prevent it, and keep things interesting as time goes by. Determine What Boredom In A Relationship Really Looks Like For Each Partner Everyone has their own idea of what’s boring to them. That’s why a 2013 study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that it’s important to clearly define what “boredom” in a relationship looks like to each partner. If it’s a lack of interest in your partner, which was the number one reason why people got bored, compatibility may be the issue. However, if it’s something like loss of excitement, fun, or surprises, that’s something couples…

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Dissimilar Students Can Become Friends By Being Assigned To Sit Together: Study

A study conducted in Hungarian schools showed that seating students next to each other boosted their tendency to become friends–both for pairs of similar students and pairs of students who differed in their educational achievement, gender, or ethnicity. The findings of the study were published in the open-access journal ‘PLOS ONE’. According to earlier research, proximity between people can promote friendships. However, people also tend to become friends with those who have similar characteristics, such as gender, age, and ethnicity. It is unclear how these two phenomena interact; specifically, whether the similarity between individuals influences the effects of proximity on friendship. To explore this question, Julia Rohrer of the University of Leipzig, Germany, and colleagues conducted an experiment in which they created randomised classroom seating charts for 2,966 students in grades 3 through 8 across 40 schools in rural Hungary. The students remained in…

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Expressive Writing Reduces Relationship Conflict & Aggression During Pandemic: Study

According to a new research from USF’s St. Petersburg campus, individuals who wrote about their relationship troubles during the pandemic from the point of view of a neutral observer had less conflict and aggression with their partner. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice’. Led by Associate Professor of Psychology Lindsey Rodriguez, the study surveyed 716 American adults across the US and at the height of the pandemic lockdowns. Participants, who were divided equally among males and females, were asked to fill out a baseline assessment to measure the frequency, duration and intensity of conflicts in the relationship, followed by a brief writing exercise. Some individuals were asked to write about a recent disagreement in their relationship from the point of view of a neutral third party who had the couples’ best interest in…

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Snubbing Friends To Look At Phone Associated With Various Mental Health Issues

According to a new study by the University of Georgia, there are a variety of factors that may drive individuals to ignore their friends in favour of an electronic screen. The study also highlighted how snubbing friends to look at a phone screen is linked to various mental health issues including depression and anxiety. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Behaviour and Information Technology’. Smartphones have made multi-tasking easier, more understandable, and at times compulsive.But in social settings, these devices can lead to a form of contemporary rudeness called phone snubbing, or phubbing, the act of ignoring one’s companions to pay attention to a phone.While it may be commonplace, snubbing one’s friends (Fphubbing) can have serious repercussions on relationships. The study revealed positive associations between depression and social anxiety on increasing Fphubbing: depressed people are likely to phub their friends…

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Study: Women More Likely To Feel Like ‘Impostors’ In Brilliance Oriented Fields

A new study of US academics by a team of psychology researchers found that women and early-career academics are more likely to feel professionally inadequate — like “impostors”, especially when the academic discipline is perceived to require raw talent or “brilliance” for success. The findings of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Educational Psychology’. These results were especially pronounced among women from racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education and academia (i.e., Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino/a, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Other Pacific Islander). “Based on previous research, it is likely that women from these groups have stronger impostor feelings in brilliance-oriented fields because they are targeted by negative gender, racial, and ethnic stereotypes about their intellect,” said Melis Muradoglu, a New York University doctoral candidate and the lead author of the paper. “Many…

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How To Approach Women On Dating Apps

One day, you finally decide to turn things around in your life and download that dating app. You thought of meeting someone new and imagined going on a date, bringing them a bunch of lilies, having dinner and wine and spending the evening as a scene pulled from a Bollywood film like Tamasha. But, are you afraid of approaching girls on dating apps? Wondering what to say and how to go from there? Let’s make things easier for you, here are the tips on how to approach women on dating apps. Start With Something Small: Start the conversation with an opener that does not intimidate her, is an open-ended question and paves the way for further communication. Sounds too much, doesn’t it? It actually is not much. Now you want to begin with an opener that catches her attention and ensures that you are…

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Virtual Dating

Online dating in the pre-Covid world was about getting a right swipe, chatting, developing interest and dressing up to meet that date. The pandemic transformed the dating sphere with cities under lockdown, preventing physical dates. We may be in the comfort of our own homes, but we can feel so out of our comfort zones when it comes to virtual dating. “With the advent of technology, “picture perfect romance” is just a click and swipe away. But it comes with some sort of cons as well, which can’t be neglected. We sometimes get carried away with all the attention, adrenaline rush, a gush of dopamine and serotonin release,” says Kanika Khosla, psychologist. Urmi Bhatt, who met with her partner on Bumble during the lockdown in May 2020, says that finding trust in the online space can be a little tough for women. So, it…

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Want To Marry? Look At The Right Age To Get Married

Marriage is a social and cultural phenomenon where two people come together and make a commitment to be by one another’s side for a lifetime. There are several of factors that influence the decision to get married, and to whom. Some of these include culture, financial or emotional motivation, and personality, among others. There is also an increasing body of evidence, clinical psychologist Dr Prerna Kohli, founder of MindTribe.in notes, that suggests that marriage is likely to help men more than it would help women. Some of the benefits of marriage include emotional stability among women and more conscientiousness among men.  Understanding And Evolving According to a research study published by the University of Windsor, marriage also reduces the likelihood of mental illness such as depression and alcoholism in both men and women. However, recent data is also indicating that millennials are not likely to get married…

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Older Adults Are Happier When There’s Match Between Personality & Living Space

The old saying, “Home is where the heart is,” has some new science to back it up. A new study has found photos of a person’s living space can accurately point at personality traits and the mood of the people who live there, especially as a person gets older. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘The Gerontologist’. For the study, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin studied 286 people over the age of 65. They took photographs of the rooms where the subjects spent the most time (typically the living room) and found that certain characteristics of a person’s personality were reflected in core elements of room decor.Applying the findings could help lead to happier lives, including for older adults with frailty or cognitive impairment that has led them to be transferred from their homes to long-term care…

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Signs You & Your Partner Are Growing Apart

No matter how beautiful a feeling love really is, it’s always the most complicated one ever. Every relationship has its own set of challenges. If you’ve just been together for a short while, you’re worried about not knowing the person well enough. If you’ve been together for years altogether, you’re worried about falling out of love. Speaking of which, falling out of love or growing apart are common issues that couples who have been together for a long time experience. So if you’re one of them, we’ve put together a list of signs that prove that the two of you are no longer the right fit for each other. Future Together? What’s That? Remember how at the beginning of every relationship, every couple talks endlessly about forever? And how with time, the excitement fades out? Yeah, no, that’s not how it happens for any…

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People Are More Forgiving When Their Loved Ones Behave Badly: Study

When people behave badly or unethically, their loved ones may judge them less harshly than they would judge a stranger who committed the same transgressions, but that leniency may come at the cost of the judger’s own sense of self-worth, according to a new study. The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. “How do we react when our romantic partners, friends or family members behave unethically? Past research tells us a lot about how we respond to a stranger’s unethical behaviour, but very little about how we respond when the perpetrator is someone we care deeply about,” said lead author Rachel Forbes, MA, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto.”When someone close to us behaves unethically, we face a conflict between upholding our moral values and maintaining our relationship. We conducted this research to better…

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IITians Develop Dating App To Relight Romance

Students of IIT Ropar and Chandigarh University have coded a dating app that caters specifically to college students. Since most students haven’t been able to visit their campuses amid the pandemic, the founders of the app say that they came up with this idea to set-up this software, which has so far recorded two thousand downloads across India. When in college, what’s the one thing that can’t be missed? Campus romance! Always an interesting aspect of a youngster’s life, dating on campus has often brought lonely hearts from different colleges to meet their romantic partners at annual fest, inter college competitions or freshers’ party. But in absence of all these possibilities in a virtual campus scenario, dating on campus hasn’t been easy at all, in the pandemic era. And to beat the challenges posed to social interactions, at a time when most college campuses…

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Goal-Setting, Strong Parent-Child Relationships Reduce Risk Of Youth Vaping

Adolescents who set goals for their future and those with strong parental support are less likely to use e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to a study by UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine physician-scientists. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Pediatrics’. The research suggested that strategies to prevent youth vaping may be different from what works to dissuade youth from smoking cigarettes. “The use of e-cigarettes by young people is at epidemic proportions, with 27 per cent of youth surveyed saying they’d vaped in the last 30 days,” said lead author Nicholas Szoko, MD, a fellow in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at UPMC Children’s. And a lot of the traditional methods we think of for counselling youth on the dangers of tobacco and drug use may not apply…

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Study: Couples In Real-Life Are Far More Likely To Begin As Friends

Though most movies and television shows often show romance sparking between two strangers, the findings of a new study suggests that couple in real-life are far more likely to begin as friends. The new study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that two-thirds of romantic relationships start out platonically. This friends-first initiation of romance is often overlooked by researchers. Examining a sample of previous studies on how relationships begin, the authors found that nearly 75 per cent focused on the spark of romance between strangers. Only eight per cent cantered on the romance that develops among friends over time. “There are a lot of people who would feel very confident saying that we know why and how people choose partners and become a couple and fall in love, but our research suggests that is not the case,” said lead author Danu Anthony Stinson, a…

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It’s complicated ! When a Child Abuses a Parent

Identifying and responding to child-to-parent violence. KEY POINTS Child-to-parent violence is a subset of family violence that is often ignored or misidentified. This behaviour includes aggression, violence, or coercion perpetrated by an adolescent or adult child toward parents. Risk factors for child-to-parent violence include substance use, a history of experiencing parental violence, and social maladjustment. When we think about family violence or domestic violence (the terms are often used interchangeably), we are usually referring to intimate partner violence , i.e., violence (including physical, emotional or SV) perpetrated by people within the realms of intimate relationships. However, family violence encompasses any abuse that occurs within the bounds of family structures. One key type of abuse we often neglect to address involves child-to-parent violence. This involves violence or abuse perpetrated by adolescents and adult children against their parents. There is stigma and shame around the concept that a…

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People Might Regret One Night Stand And Yet Do It Again

New research has found that a lot of people who regret indulging in a casual one night stand continue with the same sexual behaviour. According to the researchers, including Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), for the most part people continue with the same sexual behaviour and the same level of regret. For the study, the team investigated over 500 men and women to find whether sexual regret is functional, that is, whether it contributes to any change in behaviour. The participants in the study, published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, answered a questionnaire about sexual regret two times, at approximately 4-5 month intervals. This approach makes it possible to study changes over shorter periods of time. Both women and men might regret what they did the last time an opportunity for casual sex arose. But they often…

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How The Feeling Of Power Determines Happy Relationships

Want to have a happy relationship? Make sure both partners feel they can decide on issues that are important to them. Objective power measured by income, for example, doesn’t seem to play a big role, according to a new study. Instead, how lovers perceive power dynamics in their relationship is most important for relationship satisfaction Power is about being able to influence people and successfully resist the attempts of others to influence you. “It sounds like a dog-eat-dog world or the world of business. But power also plays a role in romantic relationships. The feeling of being able to make decisions in a marriage, for example, has a big influence on the quality of the relationship,” says Robert Körner from the Institute of Psychology at MLU. Earlier studies show that there was rarely a balance of power within couples. Most of the time, men…

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Dealing With Disappointment, 7 Tips To Fight Back

Seven tips to fight back for a better tomorrow Howard applied to designer-label graduate schools but ended up admitted only to his safe school. He applied for cool jobs but landed only fair to middling ones. He tried to find the woman of his dreams but ended up with the woman of his realities. He hoped his kids would be awesome but they turned out pretty-much average. And now Howard is 65 and just left the doctor’s office with a warning that he needed to lose 30 pounds, for real. So as he drove home, he contemplated his life, which was far more over than ahead. But after just a minute of woulda-coulda-shoulda reverie, he snapped himself to attention and thought, “What the hell can I do now, today, tomorrow, this week, this month—other than go on the damn diet? Howard decided to be nicer to his wife,…

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Single Parenting Teaches Children Invaluable Lessons

A 2019-’20 UN Women report titled Progress of the World’s Women states that about 4.5 per cent of Indian households are run by single mothers. This is close to 13 million households in the country. But, to be a solo parent and raise a child – a responsible one at that – is never easy. Here are some first-hand experiences and learnings shared by single parents who have worked to raise their kids in a responsible way. You’re Raising Caring Individuals Double parents’ – that’s a term many parents raising children alone identify with. Priya Venugopal, founder of the Single Parenting group on Facebook, says she promotes that term as single parents might be single in status but do double the job. “My older son was only seven and the younger was one when my husband and I separated,” reveals Venugopal, a technology integrator with a school…

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Signs How Can You Spot A Pseudo Intellectual Person

Everyone wants to come across as a smart and intellectual person. In a world that is highly competitive, no one wants to be declared stupid and dumb. Due to this, they work hard to expand their mental capacities and increase their knowledge. However, in the course of doing so, many people deviate from the actual objective. Instead of having deep knowledge about a few topics, they try to have a surface-level understanding of all of them. This always leads to such pseudo-intellectual people being categorized as the “Jack of all trades, but master of none.” Here are some signs to spot a pseudo-intellectual person: 1. Pseudo-intellectuals always think they are rightA smart person has the ability to listen and digest someone’s point of view, and then make an informed decision based on it. On the other hand, pseudo-intellectuals have no interest in understanding the…

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Myths Associated With Polyamorous Relationship

Our society often has a set number of rules and norms that guide every individual’s perception of relationships. These norms can often get regressive and be imposed as mandates. Polyamory is all about having a non-monogamous relationship with two or more people. The only rule here is, to be open and vocal with all the people involved in the relationship. In a polyamorous relationship, communication is key and being open about most aspects of the relationship is appreciated. Here are some of the common myths that are associated with polyamory and a polyamorous relationship: They Have Commitment Issues People have often misinterpreted relationships and people who indulge in polyamorous relationships to be commitment-phobes. In fact, in polyamorous relationships, communication is extremely vital and people are open about their experiences and feelings. A person with commitment issues would not ideally be open about their feelings…

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How To Make Perfect Dating Profile?

Visiting a bar, going for a picnic in a garden or drinking a coffee in a cafe are all nice ways to meet strangers in Hollywood and Bollywood movies but in real life, societal compulsions and constraints make the youth turn to dating apps, where they feel they can be themselves without being judged or elbowed. Moreover, dating apps offer the option to display more than your face and physique. While using these apps, you can give people a glimpse into what you like, dislike, what your hobbies and passions are and probably what your personality is like– things which would elude a person in love at first sight. Since dating app profiles go beyond just looks, it is essential that they have substance to them. Describing what kind of a person you are not just with pictures but also with your bio, by…

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How Lack Of Ambition Can Negatively Impact Your Relationship

Not for nothing is it said that it is only by living with and understanding a person that can help build a strong relationship. very often we do not have that luxury of living with the person we want to pursue a relationship with, but when we do, one aspect that is oft ignored is ambition. Ambition in a relationship is essential as it keeps things exciting and lively between the couple. Being ambitious is important in life as well, as it is the goal and ambition that makes one work hard towards a better life. Being ambitious about a career choice, a relationship, or even a hobby can bring about so much personality. Here are some ways in which lack of ambition can have negative impact on your relationship:- Makes prioritizing Difficult In a relationship, if one partner is ambitious and the other…

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Ways To Control Your Anger Issues In Relationship

Getting agitated, irritated or angry is a common emotion you experience, but knowing the right way to channelize, and deal with it, is the key. Excessive anger can wreak havoc on your personal life and relations as well as can on your mental health. You will always be unhappy, insecure, having arguments with friends and peers, and most importantly, you will create a rift between you and your loved ones. So, control it before it gets the better of you. Here are four ways you can control your anger issues Practise The 10-Second Rule No matter how agitated or angry you are, always try to practise a 10-second gap before responding or making a decision. Actions taken when you’re angry can often be impulsive and not thoroughly thought-out which can later turn out to be an issue. Try to compose yourself, close your eyes…

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How To Deal With The Loss Of A Loved One Due To COVID-19

The coronavirus-induced pandemic has affected over 16.6 crore people worldwide and over 34.5 lakh deaths to date. Of which, India constitutes about 2.63 crore cases and about 2.96 lakhs dead which means three lakh or more families’ lives were upended with no plausible reasoning to make sense of the unexpected loss. The sudden passing affects you, even more, considering the ambiguity of the situation – not being able to be there, not enough resources for their rescue, being separated from the family are just some facts that only add to the grief. The vacuum only tends to keep growing. Nothing can answer to the ‘why’s’ and ‘how’s’ – it seems like your life came to a jolting halt from where there is no looking back. That said, each person has his/her way of adapting to the loss. According to a study by The Center…

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‘Love Is Blind’: Couple Makes World Record For Greatest Height Difference

They say love is blind, but we would like to believe love is more accepting and compassionate. It does not judge; instead, it makes people embrace the best version of themselves. And while North Wales couple James and Chloe Lusted may not see eye-to-eye — he is 3 ft 7 inches tall and she is just about 5 ft 5 inches tall — they are very much in love, and have also made a world record for having the greatest height difference for a married couple. In a video shot for Guinness World Records, James says when he was growing up he was worried if he would ever get married, because “who would marry a dwarf?” He never thought there could be someone who would one day fall in love with him. On her part, Chloe — his wife — says her usual type…

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The Dating Trends That Singles Can Make Use Of

Since the pandemic, there’s been a steep shift in dating. This is after we started to deal with the “new normal” that everyone goes on about. In-person meetings were replaced by Zoom dates, dating apps became essential, and therefore, online and virtual dating increased manifold. While we are still locked down in our homes in 2021, there still is hope… Let’s have a look at the dating trends that’s being spoken about all around the world – that singles can make use of: #1: ‘Hardballing’ Also known as ‘dating like a CEO’, hardballing basically entails not messing around with partners who can’t or aren’t willing to give what you want. When you are actively looking for love, you might get carried away and believe the connection you just made could turn into a serious commitment. Incorporate hardballing into your dating life and only settle for those…

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Three Most Common Reasons Why People Are Afraid Of Breaking Up Or FOBU

Much like FOMO, fear of missing out, FOBU, or fear of breaking up, is a real deal. While it might seem like a natural reaction for most people, the phenomenon is truer and more vulnerable to millennials and Gen Z. In times when finding a date or a partner seems easier what with all the platforms available to connect, the idea of losing the person almost borders paranoia, and the loss becomes more personal and deep-rooted. It has become as easy to lose someone as meeting them. On a more detailed note, FOBU most often than not occurs due to an individual’s low self-esteem, fear of being alone, or the idea of ending up alone. Sometimes, the fear also stems from the idea of disappointing one’s parents if the relationship has reached that level of commitment where families have been involved. That said, let’s look…

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6 Things That You Will Relate To If You Have Two Besties

Someone once said–friends are the family we choose. Being social animals, it is essential for us to have someone in our lives who we can connect with. And when we find that one person we share a deep bond with, we tag them as our best friends, ‘coz they totally get us! Even when no one else does.  Now imagine having two such people in your life? Wouldn’t that be awesome? But let me tell you this, having two best friends is not easy and I speak from experience. It can lead to some truly dramatic situations every now and then. Juggling between your BFFs can also get hectic, but there are moments when you’re truly thankful to have two of them.  So, if you have two besties like me, here are some things you’ll 100% relate to. 1. Who Were You On A…

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Can You Trust Your Gut? When It Comes To Relationships

We all know the feeling, something in our gut feeling odd, a pull, trying to warn us, an almost intuitive decision the body makes for you. It is an immediate, doubtless understanding, a sixth sense, where you just know. The gut feeling is an apparent phenomenon we have all heard of, probably felt and maybe even paid heed to at some point or another in life. It is a fact that the mind and the body work in an alignment more often than we realise—when you see that certain someone special, butterflies run riot in your stomach. When you are on the other side of the feeling spectrum, when you chance upon something harrowing or shattering, nausea and twinges take over. The question remains, “Can you trust your gut”? Studies show that 85% of women who have a gut feeling that their partner is cheating…

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5 Kinds Of Women, Men Should Avoid Dating

Comedian Vir Das’ movie Amit Sahni ki List is about a guy who is searching for the woman of his dreams, who ticks every single box on his list. A little like How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby, the guy has unrealistic expectations about finding the perfect woman. While we don’t know what constitutes the perfect woman, here are five kinds of women men should definitely stay away from or avoid dating: >While all guys like to be teased, there’s nothing worse than the girl who will just keep leading you on. The Tease is unique in the sense that she will always give the impression that she’s into you but will always keep you at an arm’s length making you guess whether to go ahead or not. If you ever meet a woman like that, run far and fast, because all you will end up with…

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Live-In Relationships As Good As Marriage !

When it comes to emotional health, young couples — especially women — do just as well moving in together as they do getting married, says a study. The findings suggest an evolving role of marriage among young people today, said co-author of the study Sara Mernitz from The Ohio State University in the US. As recently as the early 1990s, young people still received emotional health benefits when they went from living together to getting married, Mernitz said. Another significant finding was that the emotional benefits of cohabitation or marriage aren’t limited to first relationships. The study found that young adults experienced a drop in emotional distress when they moved from a first relationship into cohabitation or marriage with a second partner. “The young people in our study may be selecting better partners for themselves the second time around, which is why they are seeing a…

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Ways To Deal With A Narcissistic Partner

Narcissistic relations are formed when one or both partners have an inflated sense of self-importance which impacts negatively on the relationship. Narcissistic individuals or those suffering from narcissistic personality disorder tend to believe they are superior to others and know it all. However, you can find that beyond this personality, many usually suffer from self-esteem, vulnerability and tick off on the slightest of criticism. And combined together with a relationship, it is a bomb waiting to explode. If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, here’s how you can deal with them:- Understand Narcissism Narcissism is a patterned behaviour that involves self-centred behaviour, arrogant thinking, lack of empathy and consideration for people. They are manipulative and almost always want things to go their way. In any other scenario, there is a strong dissent expressed. Understanding that your partner is a narcissist, is the…

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Few Ways To Deal With A Flirtatious Boyfriend

Have you developed a sense of insecurity because of a flirtatious boyfriend? Do you suffer from a loss of trust? This can be disheartening and sometimes irritating. In this scenario, you need to give this bitter experience a little time, and maybe when you understand his real intentions, things fall in place. Some need a lot of patience to deal with this. Don’t allow your hopes to shatter when you see him flirting with a girl in your presence, stay calm. A cheeky boyfriend doesn’t necessarily mean he is cheating on you. Avoid allowing your insecurities to get the better of you and don’t let anger overcome your thoughts. Handling things maturely prevents you from walking towards out the door on your relationship. If you no longer feel enthusiastic about the guy you love, your eyes don’t twinkle with happiness and excitement, one won’t…

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What Open Relationship Actually Is?

Relationships are not everyone’s cup of tea. One thing we know for sure is that everyone has their preferences when it comes to relationships as well. One type of relationship getting a lot of buzzes lately and especially between the millennials is the open relationship. Open relationships can be quite confusing and may come with a lot of questions, but if you are prepared to go through it as is your partner, you need to have certain things cleared out first. Now you must be wondering, since when does a relationship become an open or a closed one? What does that even mean? Let’s take a look at what it is and what are its pros and cons: What Is An Open Relationship? An open relationship is where both the partner aren’t exclusively dating each other. In short, both people are openly allowed to…

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When It Is Time To Walk Away

Love is the essence of our lives.  When in love, everything around you feels eccentric and too good to be true. It is undoubtedly the ultimate feeling but it can also be the worst if the ball is not in your court. Letting go of someone you still love can be the toughest part. Then what is it about letting go of someone we love that makes us numb? When we love someone so dearly, our heart doesn’t always work in tandem with our minds. But sometimes, it is best to follow your subconscious mind than your heart and take the necessary step, no matter how heartbreaking it is, to keep yourself away from hurt and disappointments. For that, you need to know when it is time to step back and let go. Here are just the right signs you need to know when it…

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Develop Problem-Solving Skills In Children

At every stage in our lives, we are faced with problems and challenges. As a parent, our role is to prepare our children to face the future with confidence and independence. This means equipping them with skills necessary to solve problems and navigate challenges. Problem-solving skill is the ability to understand the problem, figure out the objective, analyse the options, decide on a solution and come up with a plan of action to reach the objective. Tips to Raise a Problem-Solver 1. Reading Comprehension It is the ability to be able to read fluently and understand what you are reading.Reading opens a child’s mind to new information, new ideas and new thoughts. To learn social studies or science, to figure out the requirements of a project, or to understand the questions on an exam paper, your child needs to be able to first read…

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