Three articles with info for parents with troubled kids; family meals, anxiety, guilt

Associations Between Early Family Meal Environment Quality and Later Well-Being in School-Age Children reports on a study of 1492 children and their parents that found that children whose families eat meals together at age 6 have “higher levels of general fitness and lower levels of soft drink consumption, physical aggression, oppositional behavior, nonaggressive delinquency, and reactive aggression at age 10.” The authors recommend that health care professionals and social workers talk with parents about the importance of eating meals as a family as part of home-based interventions to promote healthy child development. This article comes to our attention courtesy of

Book: We all have “layers” of personality, expressed differently in different contexts

Published by the Science of Us blog on 8-4-16, “So, You Probably Have 3 Selves” reviews a “fantastic” book by Cambridge University psychologist Brian Little, “My, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being.’  Dr. Little asserts that we all have three layers of personality: biogenic (determined by our genes), sociogenic (learned from our family and culture) and idiogenic (personality traits that we choose to adapt based on what is important to us).  We express, according to Dr. Little, different degrees of each personality in different situations. He advocates that we do not have a certain

Book review: Berkeley psychologists studied creative geniuses in the ’50s, results are still be analyzed

“Design for Living” reports on a remarkable set of studies done by psychologists in the late ‘50s.  They studied outstanding leaders in four fields: literature, architecture, mathematics and physical science.  The article, published by the Wall Street Journal on 8-5-16, describes research done by a team at The Institute of Personality Assessment and Research that could never be done today: the team consulted experts in each of the four fields, such as professors and magazine editors, to identify national leaders in each field, asked them to participate and many  highly regarded experts agreed to join the study, flew the participants

Teen popularity: research finds two versions, with implications for helping insecure teens

“The Secret of Popularity – what makes one classmate more popular than another? Research points to a key skill: the ability to tune in to another person’s perspective,” was published by the Wall Street Journal on 7-22-16. This article reviews recent research findings about popular teens. The results find that this group has superior social skills, which they may use for “sociometric popularity” (resulting in nice kids with empathy for their peers, resulting in popularity among their peers) or “perceived popularity” (resulting in kids that focus on gaining status and admiration).