The Cluttered Mind Uncluttered

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

The Bad, the Ugly, and the Good of Children’s Use of Social Media

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Whether we like it or not, the Internet, social media, and all of the related technology are here to stay. As evidenced every day in so many ways, this new technological landscape brings many wonderful benefits to our family’s lives and relationships. At the same time, as with any new innovations, this impact has a […] [Read More]
Categories: Parenting

5/20/13

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The conventional wisdom in classical economics is that we humans are “rational actors” who, by our nature, make decisions and behave in ways that maximize advantage and utility and minimize risk and costs. This theory has driven economic policy for generations despite daily anecdotal evidence that we are anything but rational, for example, how we […] [Read More]
Categories: Business

What Do Young People Say About Their Relationship with Technology?

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To give you a sense of the scope of the effect of technology on the psychological and emotional health of young people, I want to describe the results of an international study involving more than 1000 students from ten countries across five continents that asked students to disconnect from technology for 24 hours. The results and insights, […] [Read More]
Categories: Technology

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