The Cluttered Mind Uncluttered

Ph.D., Psychology, author, speaker, consultant

How Do We Humans Ever Make Good Decisions?

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It’s a wonder that good decisions are ever made by the species known as Homo Sapiens. The reality is that the cards are stacked against us whenever we are faced with choices, especially when the decisions are of consequence. Think about all of the horrendously bad decisions that have been made in recent history and […] [Read More]
Categories: Psychology

What Me Worry?: Why Worrying Does More Harm Than Good

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Worry is a natural part of the human condition. It has historically played a vital role in our survival and it helps us cope with many of the challenges we face today. At the same time, worry that is too intense, too frequent, and too unrelenting can definitely cut down on your happiness and enjoyment […] [Read More]
Categories: Personal Growth

Is Big Media Slowly Killing Our Children?

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Your children’s physical health is the foundation for everything they become and do. As corporeal beings, they, like the rest of humanity, are at the mercy of the fitness of their bodies to handle the ordinary challenges and extraordinary demands that are placed on them during childhood and beyond. You are responsible for ensuring that […] [Read More]
Categories: Parenting

Has America Become Too Competitive?

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Let’s be honest. America may be the most competitive country in the world (though China may have now surpassed us). Competitiveness lies at the heart of what has driven our country to become the best on Earth at so many things. Whether the space race, the arms race, the human genome race, or the rat […] [Read More]
Categories: Popular Culture

Teach Your Wired Children about Healthy Relationships

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Technology, such as the Internet, smartphones, and social media, can have great benefits in helping your children form and maintain relationships. At the same time, if not used with limits and guidance by your children, such use may prevent them from developing the essential relationship qualities and skills that have allowed us to make real […] [Read More]
Categories: Parenting

What is Technology Doing to Children’s Friendships?

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As your children develop and enter the social world outside of your home, their peers’ importance to them will grow. In fact, as your children progress through high school, their peer group will exert a sometimes dismayingly great influence over them as you feel your own relationship with them diminish. Basically, being accepted and liked […] [Read More]
Categories: Parenting

Is Technology Creating a Divide in Families?

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Nowhere is the impact of popular culture and technology on children’s relationships more noticeable than in families. Both influences have contributed to a growing divide between the traditional roles that children and their parents play while, at the same time, blurring those same lines between parents and children. Over the past two decades, children who, […] [Read More]
Categories: Parenting

Is Technology Preventing Two Key Ingredients for Kids’ Relationships?

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Selflessness and empathy are two of the most important ingredients for children to develop healthy relationships. Selflessness involves the capacity for children to place the concerns of others appropriately ahead of their own. It allows others to sense that, whatever children do, their interests will be considered. Empathy is the ability for children to understand […] [Read More]
Categories: Parenting