Developmental Psychology

Awareness and Sympathy May Be Key Components of Guilt for Children

Guilt is a negative emotion, but it’s a negative emotion that to some extent is good. If no one ever felt guilt, the world would be a scary place indeed! One question ...
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Like Narcissistic Parent, Like Narcissistic Child?

"You have your mother’s nose, and your father’s narcissism!" For better or worse, through genes or through environment, parents pass along many things to their children. And one of those might be ...
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Helping Others Makes Toddlers Happy

A finding that comes up again and again in psychology research is that people feel better when they take prosocial actions, which is why helping others is one of the best ways ...
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Why Do Most People Cradle Babies Facing Left?

If I hand you a baby without warning, chances are you’ll instinctively take them and cradle them with their head on your left side. Approximately 70 percent of people prefer to hold ...
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Want Your Toddler to Clean Up and Eat Their Vegetables? Supporting Autonomy Might Help

One of the findings that repeatedly comes up in child psychology literature is that when children have a sense of autonomy, good things tend to happen. That pattern is evident in the ...
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Night-Owl Teens Might Be Angrier

Psychologists that research people’s "chronotypes," or their propensities to go to bed at different times, have found that early and late risers tend to differ in a variety of ways. In many ...
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Envy Might Drive Some of Social Media’s Mental Health Effects

Social media has facilitated both new ways of connecting with others and new ways of tallying how our lives stack up against theirs. In the twenty-first century, keeping up with the Joneses ...
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The Tweets That Go With a Quarter-Life Crisis

From getting married to buying homes, millennials are accused of doing everything later. But that’s not true when it comes to having life crises. As the rise of the term "quarter-life" crisis ...
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What a Connection to Nature Means for Kids

It’s a common complaint that kids these days don’t get outside enough. There may be something to that claim, as well, with parents of 8 to 12 year olds saying in one ...
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When Are Teens Comfortable Talking With Their Moms About Sex?

Parents are a useful resource for teenagers to learn about sex and sexual health. Of course, that doesn’t mean teens are going to go out of their way to engage their parents ...
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