How to change negative thinking patterns

One surprisingly powerful way we can help struggling children feel better is to help them change negative thinking patterns. Some kids get into the habit of turning every small setback into bleak, self-critical thoughts. A bad mark at school becomes “I hate Math.” A poor performance at a swimming competition becomes “I have never been a sports […]

Helping your brain prioritize

The more you practice, the better you get at something. And the skills you don’t practice, you gradually lose. Those memories gradually get pruned away, making room for more important information. That means you have some active input into what your brain prioritizes, and what it doesn’t: just think about it more, and it becomes […]

Why old people will always complain about young people

The clash between boomers and millennials has been in the news a lot lately. But complaints about “kids these days” have been going on since ancient times, everywhere in the world. But why? “It seems like there is a memory problem,” says John Protzko, a University of California Santa Barbara psychologist. “A memory tic that […]