Adolescence and ‘the Happiness Dip’

Joe McKendry by JONATHAN RAUCH What happens when society misunderstands entire age-groups? Imagine a world without the concept of adolescence. This was America 150 years ago. School was for children; post pubescent teenagers entered the adult world. In 1904, the establishment of adolescence as a social category got a decisive push when G. Stanley Hall published an influential two-volume work called, naturally, Adolescence. Hall posited that adolescence is a psychologically distinct time of conflicting and often extreme emotions, and popularized a special term for it. Today, we can barely imagine life without the concept. In a world where adolescence is an accepted fact, … Continue reading Adolescence and ‘the Happiness Dip’

NO SUCH THING AS CHANCE

by Elva Thompson, Guest Waking Times “Every Cause has its effect; every Effect has its Causes; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognised; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.” ~The Kybalion Man for the most part stumbles through life like a sleepwalker. He is unaware that for every thought and action he takes in his life there is an equal and opposite reaction. Our thoughts are energetic charges of energy which resonate on the unseen world of cause and bounce back into the manifest physical world of effect. This is called … Continue reading NO SUCH THING AS CHANCE

Temperamentally blessed

Photo by Emin Ozmen/Magnum Just one in five people will be lucky enough to avoid mental health problems throughout their life. How do they do it? Elizabeth Svoboda writes on topics from creationist biology classes in Galápagos schools to the connections between suffering and selflessness. She lives in San José, California, and is the author of What Makes a Hero? (2013). Edited by Pam Weintraub I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know that I was vulnerable. From childhood on, I felt stress as acutely as a needle puncture – the familiar tightness in my ribcage, the trembling in my upper arms. In … Continue reading Temperamentally blessed