Not only do cognitive styles play a part in how we view the world, they may play a role in what explanation for life on Earth we prefer. Not only that, but it looks like that cognitive style is heavily influenced by the culture we live in. What does it mean? Different people believe different things. Mind-shattering, I know.
The theory goes that calling kids smart stops them from seeking to become smarter. Professor Jo Boaler, at Stanford University, reckons that telling kids they've done a fantastic job is fine. Calling them 'smart' leads them into a 'fixed' mindset that leads them to not challenge themselves. What you want to do is encourage achievement in a way that promotes a 'growth' mindset. Can't wait to have kids...
Speaking of kids, we all know that while wildly entertaining, Disney movies aren't particularly fabulous for teaching our kids life lessons (I'm looking at you Belle, you need to call the police, girl). But the newest Pixar movie on the block is all about psychology. Specifically the psychology of emotion. Emotions guide so many of our actions and Inside Out explores that in a beautifully poignant way. Bringing kids' entertainment back to the intellectual side. Gotta love Pixar.
Do you ever wish there was a course on 'being happy'? Well, we're not there yet but the science of happiness is a booming industry. Check out these five books designed to teach you and get you teaching how to be happier.
Attachment is something we talk about a lot at The Dirt. In fact, it's something any psychologist worth their salt will talk about a lot. Attachment is a real crux of any relationship. This article outlines five common incarnations of attachment styles destined to fail. Learn them. Avoid them. Be happier.
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