“What Would Sisyphus Do?” calls upon the Greek myth of Sisyphus, the mythical king who was destined to spend eternity pushing a giant boulder to the top of a mountain, only to have it tumble to the bottom just before achieving his goal. Utilizing the metaphor, the presentation examines resilience after life-changing disappointments and tragedies […]
FLOW is a state of total absorption in an activity where the individual is so focused that nothing else seems to matter. Time flies by and the activity becomes a joyful, even ecstatic, experience. Flow occurs most commonly when people are pursuing their passions, such as dance, music, arts and competition sports. However, students sometimes report […]
As of recent, the psychological implications of gut health, and the role of the microbiome in emotional well being has received more media attention. As we learn more about the way a healthy gut environment influences mood, immunity, and inflammatory responses, we can expect advances in the way a host of ailments — including depression […]
To ensure that youngsters get the best help in their developing years, one important factor is parents having a fairly accurate idea of their children’s levels of happiness. In a new survey, which looked at normally developing youngsters -- 172 in the 10-11 age group and 185 in the 15-16 age group -- researchers examined the degree of correspondence between parents and children in the assessment of youngsters’ overall well-being or happiness.
Parents and children who participated in the study gave “internally consistent” replies that there was a lack of correspondence between parents and offspring in their assessments of the overall well-being of children and teenagers. The parents of children in the 10-11 age group thought that their children were much happier than they actually were, a finding which agreed with earlier studies about the “positivity bias effect” of parents. On the other hand, the teenagers’ parents displayed the opposite tendency and thought their offspring were less happy than was the case.
Half a year after assessment of the children’s happiness levels, the parents informed researchers on their own levels of well-being, and there was noteworthy correspondence with their opinions of their young people’s well-being. This information thus highlights a possible "egocentric bias" of parents when appraising the well-being of their children. The researchers suggest future possibilities in both theory and practice for further studies of the relations between parents and children.
Parent-child discrepancies in the assessment of children's and adolescents' happiness J Exp Child Psychol. 2015 Nov;139:249-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2015.06.006. Epub 2015 Jun 30. ... See MoreSee Less