Empathy VS Sympathy: The Importance of an Endangered Virtue

Often people who lack empathy had troubled histories, indicating the significance of children learning this crucial skill at a young age. As research on empathy is and why it’s important, so does an inquiry on how to teach it.

by Veronika Tait
April 13, 2019

I Can’t Do That! Unpacking Learned Helplessness with Attribution Theory

Everyone has areas of their life where they think, I can’t do this. Talk back to that voice and with optimism. Gain control, use positive self-talk, and seek help.

by Veronika Tait
March 31, 2019

The Just-World Phenomenon: 5 Things that Transformed me From Victim-Blaming to Empathizing

The Just-World Phenomenon is the idea that those who are on top of the social latter, those with money, power, and influence, believe the world is just. Those in the middle think the world is somewhat just, and those at the bottom believe the world is unjust.

by Veronika Tait
March 24, 2019

Who Am I? Why Positive Representation of Women in the Media is Crucial

There has definitely been a change of tides in the discussion of body image and representation of women in the media as of late. The increased focus on feminism, the quest for equality in the races and gender have given rise to large tribes of people

by Rachel MacPherson
March 10, 2019

What to do When Feeling Anxious for No Reason: Confessions of a Chronic Worrier

As thoughtful as the attempts are from others to suggest things like, *just stop worrying or don’t worry, be happy*, they offer little help in ridding imagined fears. Research has consistently found chronic worry and anxiety interfere with memory and cognitive performance

by Veronika Tait
March 2, 2019

22 Inspiring Quotes on Empathy from Emotion Researchers

The more I learn about emotions, the more empathy becomes front and center. It is vitally important in human relationships. This article brings together the most profound things we know about empathy.

by Veronika Tait
February 24, 2019

Where is Toxic Femininity? Exploring the Counterpart to Toxic Masculinity

Toxic Masculinity is a phrase increasingly used in media and gender literature with google searches spiking, especially since the recent release of Gillette’s controversial commercial. Why are there so few references to an equivalent Toxic Femininity?

by Veronika Tait
February 16, 2019

What is Toxic Masculinity? Lessons from Shepherd Bliss and Other Gender Researchers

With the recent release of Gillette’s controversial commercial, media has been buzzing about toxic masculinity. This term was first coined in the 1980s by

by Veronika Tait
February 14, 2019

How to Show Love to Your Husband

Here you are again. Trying to decide the best way to show love to your husband. What will it be this year? A card? A fancy dinner? What can you give that will convey the meaning of your love and friendship?

by Veronika Tait
February 9, 2019

Goal Setting for Students: 5 Ways to Know You’re Doing it Right

For the busy teacher, goal-setting is everything. Not only does it help with the day-to-day craze of work and a million other things to do, but it can also be a great tool for our students to help them accomplish more. The types of goals we set matters.

by Veronika Tait
February 4, 2019

My $2,500 Mistake: Understanding Prospect Theory and Loss Aversion

Imagine you got a letter from your bank indicating that they made an error to undercharge you, and now you have to pay a bill for $1,000. How do you feel? What could you have done with the money? How long will this feeling of loss linger?

by Veronika Tait
February 1, 2019

Benefits of Television: Teaching Empathy and Self-Efficacy with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Toddler screen-time is something every parent worries about. Am I letting him watch too much? Is he watching the wrong things? These are important questions to be asking

by Veronika Tait
January 27, 2019

What Causes Control Issues? Parenting Insights from Baumrind and Erikson

Parenting is akin to Goldilocks and the three little bears. At first, Goldilocks tries the porridge that is too cold. This is the parent who is strict

by Veronika Tait
January 26, 2019

The Difference Between Shame and Guilt: A Guide for Parents’ Expectations

Recently my two-year-old dashed up to me, wrapped her short little arms around my neck and said, “Mom, you’re my best friend.”

by Veronika Tait
January 17, 2019

How to Stop Your Toddler From Hitting: A Social Learning Perspective

There was a classic psychology study done in the 1960s by Albert Bandura called the Bobo doll experiment to better understand observational learning. Boys and girls...

by Veronika Tait
January 12, 2019

Authoritative Parenting Examples Through John Gottman’s Emotion Coaching

When using an authoritative approach to parenting as described in here, it’s important for parents to keep in mind their long-term goals.

by Veronika Tait
January 5, 2019

Does Gun Control Reduce Crime? Exploring Gun Control Statistics

We are constantly bombarded with conflicting messages, hearing different interpretations of what it means to have common sense. To some, it seems obvious that the easier it is to obtain a gun, the more gun deaths there will be.

by Veronika Tait
November 9, 2018

Punishment in Psychology: Negative Effects of Punishment

I’ve heard many parents say children need to get hit to understand that hitting hurts. This will encourage them to avoid hitting others in the future, right? Well, not according to behavioral scientists.

by Veronika Tait
October 21, 2018

Schedules of Reinforcement in Parenting

Psychologists have found several ways in which we learn. One way studied by B.F. Skinner is through operant conditioning. Each day

by Veronika Tait
October 20, 2018

The Difference between Punishment and Discipline

Just recently I read a post from about The One Thing to Always Say When Disciplining Your Child. (*Spoiler alert,*

by Veronika Tait
October 19, 2018

5 Lessons from Mr. Rogers the World Needs Now More Than Ever: A Review of Won’t You Be My Neighbor

I admit, as a child, I thought Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was boring, especially the neighborhood of make-believe. I preferred Barney and Friends or Arthur. However, the older I get, the more I understand

by Veronika Tait
June 23, 2018

How to build Self-Confidence in a Child: Lessons from the Entitlement Generation

Does this sound familiar? Cue talk of this entitled generation who doesn't know how to handle losing. One top definition for snowflake from

by Veronika Tait
June 9, 2018

What is Wisdom? Examples from Morrie Shwartz and More

One of my favorite topics to discuss with my students is wisdom. What is it? How do you get it? Does everybody get it?

by Veronika Tait
May 13, 2018

Four Things You Should Never Say to Your Child

Imagine you stagger into work, exhausted, since you were up all night worrying about a project you poured over for weeks. When you give your all presenting it to your team, they look disappointed and annoyed.

by Veronika Tait
May 6, 2018

Rehabilitation vs Punishment debate: Exploring Tough Love and the Halden Prison Model

While discussing with my university students if prisoners convicted of violent crimes should be treated humanely, I was surprised by the turn of the conversation. One student said something...

by Veronika Tait
March 31, 2018

How to Help Someone Who is Grieving: Connecting Through Loss

I learned of an old neighbor who had experienced the loss of her newborn son hours after birth. I didn't know this sweet mother well, but the thought of attending this infant's funeral kept coming to my mind.

by Veronika Tait
March 28, 2018

Three Useful Tips to Teach Your Toddler to Share

These techniques to teach toddlers to share are not always easy in practice, but they are a part of the overall pattern I try to create.

by Veronika Tait
March 17, 2018