Nature v. Nurture in the Lifespan Development of People with Down Syndrome

In this article, passive and active genotype -> environment effects in general and related to the cognitive development of people with Down syndrome (DS) are discussed. An emphasis is put on the high variability in profiles of DS, as well as on the existence of multiple intelligences such as musical, spatial, interpersonal, and naturalist abilities, although these are not included in traditional IQ tests that measure mainly linguistic and logical-mathematical … Continue reading

Integrating Eastern Philosophies, Transpersonal Theories, and Phenomenological Approaches into Developmental Lifespan Psychology

Content: Universalities and Cultural Differences. Closing Holes in West-centric Researches. Eastern Philosophies and Transpersonal Psychology. Expanding Consciousness and Phenomenological Ways of Knowing.

The Oedipus Complex: Development of One’s Sexual Identity and the Risk for Neurosis

Summary. Sigmund Freud’s childhood development stages remain an influential idea. Out of the sequence of the oral, anal, phallic, and genital stages, the phallic phase between 3 and five years with its rise of the Oedipus complex seems to be a central psychic reference point. Freud’s Oedipus complex model suggests that overcoming the competition with one’s father or mother for the affection of the other parent (of opposite sex) is … Continue reading

The Case for Measuring ‘Resilient Type’ Traits in Inuit Youth

Summary. The Inuit communities in the Alaskan regions of Northern Canada suffer from colonialization issues, such as corrosion of collectivistic values of family relations. Inuit youth’s well-being is depending on their cultural environment. Mental health problems, substance misuse, and high suicide rates are significant concerns. Resilience as a strength based approach to adapt to adversity is sought to be better understood to design culturally sensitive and therefore effective interventions. A … Continue reading

June 1st was World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day (WNAAD)

World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day (WNAAD) is a global, online movement to raise awareness about the damaging impact of narcissistic abuse. Join the cause, and help spread awareness by taking part in this international event. I love their slogan ‘If My Wounds Were Visible’ as it brings to the point the severity of emotional abuse. A person’s mind is not less intimate, vulnerable, and critical for survival than his/her body. In … Continue reading

Recognizing the ‘Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS)’

Introduction Children’s biggest wish is to maintain a healthy and strong relationship with both parents; in some cases, a parent fosters distance or even the child’s rejection of the other parent, despite the deep-seated desire to experience mutual love between them and their both parents (Kruk, 2013, April 25). (See also article Divorce: Regular overnight stays with dad are the best for small children / Scheidung: Regelmässige Übernachtungen bei Papa sind … Continue reading

SIGN THE PETITION (Loving parent/father initiative, Liebende Eltern/Vaeter Initiative)

 Petition Loving parent / father initiative (EN) English. The “Loving Parent/Father Petition” is asking legislation for a juster parenting practice. Whenever feasible and wished by the parents, as well as provided that no official evidence exists that a child would be exposed to a harmful parent, balanced co-parenting agreements based on gender equality should be enabled right after a couple’s separation, regardless of the current and former marital status. Shared custody has to be kept … Continue reading

Divorce: Regular overnight stays with dad are the best for small children / Scheidung: Regelmässige Übernachtungen bei Papa sind das Beste für kleine Kinder

After parents’ divorce, regular overnight stays with dad are best for most young children (Professor Richard A. Warshak) Summary Awareness is growing that also for separated parents shared parenting is best for their children Scientific findings make clear that misinformation and policies around one-sided custody practices have to be revised Double standards regarding shared parenting in relationships and one parent’s full-time presence in case of divorce or separation are causing … Continue reading

Shared parenting research / Geteilte Kinderfürsorge (Forschungsstand)

Summary of the essential points Balanced and meaningful contact with each parent in the course of everyday life is a most powerful predictor of a child’s future health, well-being, and positive social functioning Maternal and paternal parenting is equally important for a child’s well-being Research on children’s overnights with fathers favors allowing children under four to be cared for at night by each parent rather than spending every night in … Continue reading

Welcome to the ‘Loving Father Initiative’ / Willkommen zur ‘Liebender Vater Initiative‘

#LovingFatherInitiative You know, my daughter, I care. Your loving dad German and Japanese versions see below Welcome to the Loving Father Initiative This initiative is for our daughters, for all children missing their fathers, and for the sad dads (and mothers) who are suffering from the socially perpetuated uncritical assumption that mothers would be naturally and culturally predestined to be the sole caregiver for a couple’s child. Although a family’s … Continue reading

‘The future post-history’ (poem) & ‘Why history should be mostly abandoned in school’ (statement)

The future post-history The less disturbed the vision, the freer growing future Not more than opinionated story from the past You can even see the limitation of history And enable for an independent future Let’s abandon teaching the past We didn’t learn from history To our children’s future To impose our past We use history The future Post hi Stor Y   Why history should be mostly abandoned in school Regarding … Continue reading

I’m sorry I just drove by

I’m sorry that I just drove by In my elegant suit and tie Seeing you but ignoring the fact That actually I could act When I looked into your eyes I couldn’t hold the years of lies Must be the age of my daughter Your message I will teach her My main concerns in life Beyond the means to survive I can’t do that anymore If I have to accept … Continue reading

Familyfulness

Life, why did you choose to be selfless my child Birth, who will I accept to be artful in the otherworld Kinship, how is it known to be timeless from others Unity, what lets humanity to be mindful of that love Family, where can I realize to be limitless to meet you

The Association between Physical Activity (PA) and Cognitive Ability

The benefits It is part of natural aging that our cognitive capabilities may diminish. Cognitive functioning is essential for quality of life, why preserving our mental abilities is in the interest of our well-being (Edwards & Loprinzi, 2017). Physical activity (PA) plays a crucial role in developing and protecting mental abilities.

Research Ethics in Psychology: Vulnerable Research Participants / Children

Introduction For the research of and with participants’ under the age of 16, even in case of the use of electronic records only, a risk evaluation has to be performed (British Psychological Society (BPS), 2010,  American Psychological Association (APA), 2010). Special attention require the recruitment and informed consent of participants, as well as adverse event management.

Why Psychology Should Be Taught in Every School

Humanist psychologists strikingly identify globalization, health, ecology, and spirituality as areas of contemporary and future human problematic behavior, and point to a large population of depressiveness worldwide. Do you also think humanity hasn’t yet found a good recipe for peace, justice, and happiness? In fact, it is our all aspiration to make the best possible contribution to the well-being of all. Just, how to do even better as there is obviously … Continue reading

Relational aggression in the form of maternal gatekeeping

Relational aggression Human aggressive behavior is any intentional causation of harm to others, and increasingly severe acts of aggression can represent even violence (Anderson & Bushman, 2002). Anderson and Bushman (2002) distinguish between instrumental and hostile aggression, the former being a means to reach a goal and the latter being a reactive impulse to harm an opponent. Relational aggression, as defined by Oka, Brown, and Miller (2016), constitutes a specialty … Continue reading