This part of health education continues to be controversial, but regardless of personal views, this article raises some important points about empowerment.
Social psychologists and sexual abuse counselors agree that comprehensive sex education can help prevent sexual crimes. Teaching children about their bodies gives them the tools to describe acts of abuse without feeling as embarrassed or uncomfortable, and it also helps elevate their self-confidence and sense of bodily autonomy. A shame-based approach to genitalia and sexuality, on the other hand, sends kids the message that they can’t discuss or ask questions about any of those issues.
Is race perception automatic? Maybe not. When researched more carefully, it seems that we are not looking so much for race but for evidence of who is on our team: “…people’s errors revealed that team membership had become the dominant category, not the race of the players.” Read more.
Many “faiths are waiting for the Messiah, …but how are you going to tell the difference between him and Fred Rogers?” This article by Brendan McGinley presents five moments that prove Mr. Rogers was the greatest American.
Does Language Influence Culture? New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world; a different sense of blame in Japanese and Spanish. Read more.
“Don’t Humanize My Demons!” We distance ourselves psychologically from outgroups (groups to which we do not belong) – sometimes deliberately in order to justify negative thoughts, feelings, and actions toward others. It’s a limited view of human nature. Read more.