Why People Remember Negative Events More Than Positive Ones

“As Professor Baumeister noted in his study, “Many good events can overcome the psychological effects of a bad one.” In fact, the authors quote a ratio of five goods for every one bad.”

Why people remember negative events more than positive ones

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Validation, Self-Esteem and Oprah Winfrey

Sharing this great article…

During her famous last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she said, “I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show, and all 30,000 had one thing in common — they all wanted validation…. They want to know, do you hear me? Do you see me? Does what I say mean anything to you?

Validation, Self-Esteem and Oprah Winfrey  (by Jessica from Eat. Sleep.  Be.)

Taking racism out of the shadows, by David Bedrick J.D.

“It is this denial, lurking in the shadows, that leads many white Americans to believe that black folks are being arrested and incarcerated because they are more prone to criminality, not because our criminal justice system targets black folks. It is this denial that leads many white folks to believe that black folks are taking unfair advantage of our social services, not because America’s employment system is treating black folks unfairly.”

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Racism: Our Collective Complicity, Denial and Naiveté

Is blood thicker than water in caring for children?

I thought this was an interesting article. I can relate on the step parent analysis. I thought their theory was right on. I’m not sure that I agree with everything said in here though. Ultimately, I think being a good parent (or bad for that matter) has nothing to do with your title (biological, step, adoptive) but how you parent, period!

But this statement really surprised me:

“Children growing up in step families are about 40 times as likely to be abused and 140 times as likely to be murdered as children growing up with both natural parents (murder still being a low probability) .”  Read more…

Do parents favor natural children over adopted ones?