• 2010 yılında yapılan ve Psychological Science dergisinde yayımlanan bir araştırma, 6 ilâ 9 yaşları arasın­daki bir erkek çocuğuna oyun sistemi verildiğinde, okuma yazma notlarının düştüğü ve öğretmenler tarafından bildirilen öğrenme sorunlarının arttığı tespit edildi. Fazla oyun oynamak özellikle okul performansında düşüş, şiddete duyarsızlaşma ve oyunla diğer aktivitelere harcanan süre arasındaki dengesizliğin öğrenme ve sosyalleşme üzerindeki etkisiyle ilişkilendirildi...
  • Ruminating on our problems and feelings scratches at our emotional scabs and causes four primary psychological wounds: it intensifies our sadness and allows it to persist for far longer than it might have otherwise; likewise, it intensifies and prolongs our anger; it hogs substantial amounts of emotional and intellectual resources, inhibiting motivation, initiative, and our ability to focus and think productively; and our need to discuss the same events or feelings repeatedly for weeks, months, and sometimes years on end taxes the patience and compassion of our social support systems and puts our relationships at risk.
  • Physical tiredness keeps you alive but psychological tiredness kills you slowly.
  • This was my first Stuart Neville book and I have to say that it was a stunner. I read this in a day and the story and characters stayed with me for a good long while.
    A very dark and gritty psychological, police procedural, murder mystery. Ciaran and Thomas Devine were sentenced for the brutal murder of their foster father when they were young boys. It was Serena Flanagan who brought them to justice. Seven years later when the brothers were released there was a question mark as to which boy committed the horrific murder, the child like and softly spoken Ciaran or his older more vicious brother Thomas.
    This is a brilliant, emotional, character driven thriller of the highest order. I so much want Flanagan to be happy and yet her insecurities and problems are what make Those We Left Behind a thriller not to be missed.
    Neville has drawn a dark picture of Belfast during the period known as the Troubles. He leads the reader through a series of turns, never revealing too much at one time. At times unsettling, Those We Left Behind is a good read.
    Highly Recommended!
  • Meaning and happiness, in other words, can be at odds. Yet research has shown that meaningful endeavors can also give rise to a deeper form of well-being down the road. That was the conclusion of a 2010 study by Veronika Huta of the University of Ottawa and Richard Ryan of the University of Rochester. Huta and Ryan instructed a group of college students to pursue either meaning or happiness over a ten-day period by doing at least one thing each day to increase eudaimonia or hedonia, respectively. At the end of each day, the study participants reported back to the researchers about the activities they’d chosen to undertake. Some of the most popular ones reported by students in the meaning condition included forgiving a friend, studying, thinking about one’s values, and helping or cheering up another person. Those in the happiness condition, by contrast, listed activities like sleeping in, playing games, going shopping, and eating sweets.
    After the study’s completion, the researchers checked in with the participants to see how it had affected their well-being. What they found was that students in the happiness condition experienced more positive feelings, and fewer negative ones, immediately after the study. But three months later, the mood boost had faded. The second group of students—those who focused on meaning—did not feel as happy right after the experiment, though they did rate their lives as more meaningful. Yet three months later, the picture was different. The students who had pursued meaning said they felt more “enriched,” “inspired,” and “part of something greater than myself.” They also reported fewer negative moods. Over the long term, it seemed, pursuing meaning actually boosted psychological health.
    The philosopher John Stuart Mill wouldn’t have been surprised. “Those only are happy,” he wrote, “who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way.”
  • İlk baskısını 1981'de "On Disobedience and other essays" ismiyle Amerika'da yapmış olan bu kitap, daha önce yayınlanmış dört makalenin derlemesidir. Erich Fromm, psikanalizde otorite kabul edilen, Nazi dönemi baskıları yüzünden Amerika'ya göç etmiş bir Yahudi'dir. Daha sonraları çeşitli sosyalist aktivitelerde bulunmuştur. Bu kitabı aslında 3 ya da 4 bölüme ayırmak mümkündür. İlk bölüm tamamen "itaat ve itaatsizlik" kavramlarının psikanaliz sebepleri hakkındadır. Bireysel ve toplumsal itaatsizlik hakkında temel öğeleri basit bir dille anlatır. Devamındaki bölümde özellikle Bertrand Russel'ın tezlerini eleştiriler kaplar. Son iki bölüm, iki makale, kapitalizm ve sosyalizmin eleştirileri ile birlikte, Fromm'un önerdiği hümanist sosyalizm fikrini anlatır. Kitabın dili kolay okunabilecek bir dil; içerik olarak yazıldığı dönem itibariyle (Soğuk Savaş) sürekli bir kapitalizm-sosyalizm ikilisi üzerinden anlatım var. İlgilenenler kitabı okuyabilir, veya dört makaleyi internetten tek tek de inceleyebilir. İsimleri:
    - "Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem" (1963)
    - "Prophets and Priest" (1967)
    - "Let Man Prevail" (1960)
    - "Humanist Socialism" (1960