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Mind Matters: Do you fear others?

Ever get on a subway? Or any mode of public transit, especially in a city? Recently, I rode the T, the subway system of Boston and wondered about how we conjure up the “fear of others.” Encapsulated in a tunneled tube, people mostly are respectful of this anonymous intimacy of bodies without intrusion into another’s tiny piece of personal space. Jostled next to one ...

 
 

Mind Matters: Parenting and beyond

There is no topic that hasn’t a psychological component. The recent issue of the American Psychological Association Monitor is full of reports that attest to this fact. Recently, the Monitor notes, the APA publicly debunked the physical discipline of children citing the solid longitudinal research that finds that such discipline does not improve behavior and, in ...

 

Caring for dementia patients and caregivers

One of the major things someone caring for a dementia patient has to learn is to take care of themselves first. It’s not unlike an aircraft flight attendant telling passengers to put on their own oxygen mask first before helping to put one on a child or passenger having difficulty. That from Kelly McCarthy, the director of Memory Care and Engagement for LCB Senior ...

 

Mind Matters: Aging when LGBT

For more than 10 years, I served as a psychologist consultant at a retirement community. In all those years, I never met anyone who had “come out” as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender—LGBT. It certainly isn’t because LGBT is new, but it might be because the LGBT community avoids residing in such places for fear of discrimination or because when someone from the ...

 

Mind Matters: Panic no more

Tom Bunn, the author of “Panic Free,” started out as a pilot. In that capacity, he tried for years to help people who feared flying. Then, eureka — a solution — which, he says, not only quells the fear of flying, but also manages panic states encountered on the ground as well. After years of study, he learned that the real issue of panic is the “inability to regulate ...

 

Mind Matters: Humans need nature

Go take a hike! We talk about “human nature” a lot, but it turns out humans themselves need nature. Researchers are finding that, all across the life span, being outside in natural settings, walking, playing, just sitting, helps both brain and body functions. The response by some to these findings may be “Well, duh!” It may be common sense and intuitive to know that ...

 

Egg-cited Easter Bunny visits hospital

A bunch of bunnies enchanted young patients, parents and personnel at Chester County Hospital on Friday, April 19, 2019. For more than a decade, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the hospital to spread cheer during the Easter season. This year’s bunnies included a 5-foot-6,  cuddly costumed version, a basket of stuffed animals, and Chester County ...

 

Mind Matters: Psychological tidbits

How are you at reading the emotions of others or assessing your own personality? These are among the topics briefly covered in a recent (April 2019) publication of Monitor On Psychology. When researchers asked participants in a study to note the “happiness levels of both black and non-black people photographed with either ‘real’ smiles (which involve movement of ...

 

Mind Matters — Measles and Madam Secretary

The TV series “Madam Secretary” tackled the topic of vaccinations recently. In this episode, a young child, whose parents had not gotten her vaccinated, contracted measles and as a result, suffered cognitive impairment. As a child, I remember being very ill with the measles. I also remember being ecstatic to join all the children lined up at the firehouse a few years ...

 

YMCA offers videos to keep kids in sports

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine believes that team sports are an important way to help kids develop, not only physically, but in learning important life skills, such as leadership, teamwork, good sportsmanship and responsibility. However, a report by the Aspen Institute indicated 70 percent of kids drop out of sports by the age of 13 because they say it’s not fun ...

 

Mind Matters: Homesickness

Ever been homesick? Most of us have. “Homesickness is the distress and functional impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and attachment objects such as parents,” state Christopher Thurber, and Edward Walton, M.D., in Pediatrics: 119 (Jan 2007, p 192-201). (Also available on the web: ...