Keeping our minds resilient and strong is important no matter the time of year, but in the winter months, especially as our days grow shorter and the sun slants lower in the sky, we need to put in more effort.
Bullying has been around for decades, centuries even if you care to go back far enough; With German and Dutch roots, the word bully evolved from the words used for ‘lover’ and ‘friend’. A few decades down the track and bully was used as a term of endearment and familiarity and friendly admiration between men.
For some, Easter represents the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, a four-day respite from work, and little more. For many others, however, Easter has a deeper meaning. Not a topic one would necessarily expect to find in the context of psychology, none the less – here it is. The implications of belief in a higher entity has our attention, and the reason why may just surprise you.
Goals are easy, you say, I make them all the time! We are a nation of goal collectors, products of an individualistic culture of ambition and achievement. Perhaps more accurate would be to pose that we are, rather than goal collectors, goal hoarders. We enthusiastically (and naively) accumulate life ambitions but often fail to give them life.
This time of year can test the most psychologically resilient and conscientious planners among us. As Christmas and a new year approaches the demands of work, the expectations of loved ones, cultural traditions and societal norms culminate in a tightly coordinated act in which we attempt to juggle a few more balls as gracefully as humanly possible.