Do your children, employees, spouse lie or cheat? Lying and cheating run rampant in our society. But why to we do it? This is important to know if we wan’t to prevent it. Lets see what the science says so … Continue reading
by Sunny May 23, 2012
It’s that time of year again when a new crop of ambitious young folk will be graduating high school and heading off into their glorious futures by selecting the exact wrong career for themselves.
We all want nothing more than to have that perfect career that makes us feel like life is the equivalent of skipping through a summer field, with flowers in bloom all around and the golden sunshine on your face (this is a fictional world where there are no bugs in that summer field). Most of us instead end up with a career like that miserable camping trip where it rained the whole time and you were freezing and tired and hungry non-stop…oh yes, and lots and lots of nasty, crawling, dirty bugs.
Reportedly over half of American workers hate their jobs. Only 45% of Americans report being “satisfied” with their jobs. (Frankly if being “satisfied” means happy I’ll go shoot myself in the head right now.) Has this dearth of people in happy careers stopped succeeding generations from going through the same completely wrong process leading to the same terribly wrong decision? No. No it hasn’t. I’m not breaking any sound barriers here – I’m not going to tell you how to pick the right career – but here are 7 common, and completely wrong, ways people make career decisions that may lead to the TWENTY YEAR camping trip from hell.
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Face the Facts: We Are All Headed for an “iDisorder” Heading for an iDisorder! Published on March 28, 2012 by Larry Rosen, Ph.D. in Rewired: The Psychology of Technology It should come as no surprise that we are all hopelessly addicted to our … Continue reading
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Thanks to Miketron at Null Hypothesis Fifteen years ago, you would have been lucky to have heard of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. Of course, you probably would have seen its effects in school playgrounds or the supermarket: screaming children unable to be … Continue reading
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Psychologists can now determine by personalities that as young as three years old if your child might be future gamber.
According to a 30 year-long longitudinal study by University of Missouri’s Wendy Slutske and colleagues. They used data observing 939 individuals over as long as 30 years. 22 behavioral descriptors were tested to separate the participating toddlers into five temperament groups: under-controlled (10.4%), inhibited (7.8%), confident (27.5%), reserved (14.8%), and well-adjusted (39.6%).
The study found a 50 percent increase in the likelyhood to be a gambler in the under-controlled temperament group when checked again at 21 and 32 years of age compared to the other groups. These potential gamblers were described as restless, willful, impulsive, emotionally labile, impersistent, having fleeting attention, having expressed negativism, and withdrawing from tasks.
The report reasoned: “Perhaps it is the combination of impulsivity (or risk taking) in conjunction with the tendency toward negative emotions, such as anger, hostility, and anxiety, that constitutes the personality vulnerability for disordered gambling.”
The men in this study were significantly more likely than women to report disordered gambling at age 32 – 6.4 percent versus 1.9 percent.
Problem gambling, college and ADHDYoung Adult Gambling Behaviors and their Relationship with the Persistence of ADHD
Research Findings on Relationship Between Problem Gambling and ADHD
Pay Attention: Does Persistent ADHD Lead to Gambling Problems in Young Adults?
Baseball great Pete Rose speaks out about having ADHD.
There are plenty of detractors as well, but the point is this. As parents it is our job to understand the issues involved and potential pitfalls to avoid when raising our children. Potential proclivity for gambling can be a serious issue and being forewarned is forearmed.