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Helicopter Parents damage their kids


The fury over Brock Turner, the Stanford University student who was imprisoned for 6 months after sexually assaulting a woman who was too drunk to know what she was doing, has not only raised the issue of leniency for sports stars (sentenced by a judge with sports credentials) but also the influence of parents.

His father wrote the court arguing that a prison sentence was “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action“.

A former dean at the university, Julie Lythcott-Haims, said that it was consistent with a phenomenon she had witnesses developing at the university: helicopter parents.

During her tenure she said parents e-mailed professors to complain about their children’s grades, intervened in dormitory disputes, and refused to let their children grow up and take respocibility for their lives.

The father’s statement seems to me to be siding with his son at all…

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Money makes the pain go away

Literally. Researchers have discovered that money gives people inner strength and can reduce their emotional and physical pain. Even thinking about it works.

We know swearing helps you withstand pain as does looking at attractive women but it also seems that having cash in hand  can have the same effect.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota asked subjects to count either money or slips of paper before putting their hands in extremely hot water or playing a computer game that was rigged so that they  would be excluded by other players.

When asked to rate either their pain level or feeling of exclusion those who had counted money felt significantly less pain and less excluded.

It also works in reverse. They asked people to either write down all their expenses for the previous month or record the weather. When they put them into the hot water or gaming scenarios afterwards the ones who had recorded their expenses felt more physical and emotional pain.

So having money makes you feel strong whilst lacking it makes you feel weak. It also makes you want to work alone and sit further away from other people (when they had cash on screen savers compared to tropical fish), not ask for help, and be less helpful. It also makes people want to spend their leisure time alone rather than with friends.

They also found that people became more self-sufficient because of money –  even Monopoly money or screen savers showing cash made people work harder to achieve their goals, even when given impossible tasks. They were more focused and less distracted and hence more productive.

This only seems to work with money – not other expensive items such as jewellery. The researchers suggest that people should be rewarded in cash rather than bank payments; people complaining at customer services would be happier to be given real money rather than a voucher.

It gives the phrase “cash in hand” a whole new meaning.

Source: HBR March 2010

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National Stress Awareness Day

National Stress Awareness Day Today, November 3rd, is National Stress Awareness Day. Once again the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) is providing organisations with the free services of Stress Advisers to help staff cope better with stress, become more resilient, and have a better work-life balance. The slogan this year is: “Start Living – Stop Stressing” You can download a range of free resources from the ISMA web-site now and also access a free webcast … Read More

via SGandA on Management & Leadership with permission