Posts Tagged ‘human development’

Five myths about personality tests

Monday, October 8th, 2018

The 19th and 20th centuries saw the rise of systems designed for the mass classification of human beings, including personality tests. Today, these tests are more beloved and far-reaching than ever, especially on websites like BuzzFeed and Facebook. These tools and typologies are based on powerful, enduring myths about what personality is and how we Read more

West Papua – building roads not enough, empower people

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Earlier this month the Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania called for quality education to empower people in Papua. Their call has been echoed by Papua’s Peace Network (JDP) coordinator. Father Neles Tebay says that prioritising only infrastructure will not be enough in developing Papua and must be balanced with the Read more

Cognitive change in the brain and teenagers’ behaviour

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Teenagers can do the craziest things. They drive at high speeds. They stand around outside loud parties and smoke weed in front of the cops. They guzzle liquor. They insult their parents – or lie to them – and feel no remorse, because, of course, their parents are idiots. It is easy to blame peer Read more

The difference between bullying and everyday life

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

A few weeks ago a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that bullying was the number one concern of young people in Australia. Bullying has displaced their concerns about the environment and the importance of healthy eating or owning a computer. This is surprising since the incidence of bullying does not seem to Read more

The distinct, positive influence of good fathers

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I understand where Jennifer Aniston is coming from. Like many of her peers in Hollywood, not to mention scholars and writers opining on fatherhood these days, she has come to the conclusion that dads are dispensable: “Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to Read more