Category Archives: Human Development

Bring Up Grad School—What Is the Reality Behind Higher Education

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For people who want to pursue studies after completing high school, university studies may look very attractive. So, undergraduate studies may lead to graduate studies. However, undergraduate studies are not the same as graduate studies. The latter is not only more complicated, but it is also very different. First of all, contrary to your undergrad, your studies become supervised, and you need to push the boundary of knowledge which can be strenuous. Thus having a supervisor that understands you and can be there to support your work is essential. The wrong supervisor can make your life as a student unbearable, and the inverse can be true of an adequate supervisor. So, we all need to make sure that our supervisors are good listeners, excellent mentors and great motivators. Choosing well can ensure that your next three or four years can be enjoyable and a great learning experience.

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Bring Up Puberty—When a Transition to Adulthood Becomes Unavoidable

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If you’re an adult now, you are lucky enough to have survived the awkward years of teenagehood. These years are filled with changes that are hard to navigate around. From the periods (for girls) and the wet dreams (for boys) to the physical changes, it becomes difficult to find our bearings. It becomes quite easy to feel out of place or even misunderstood. We may even feel like there is no one there to help us. As a girl, speaking about menstruation needed to be whispered as to not be heard. All decisions about our sexual health seemed to be controlled by our parents. Conversely, our parents realized that we were then able to take on more responsibilities which sometimes might have seemed very contradictory. Our puberty is truly a strange moment in our lives when our bodies become partly strangers. We all need time and support to develop and get acquainted once again with ourselves. More than ever, we need to break down any residual taboos regarding puberty and be there for all teens.

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Bring Up Ageing—What We Can Expect With Growing Older

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It’s hard to accept, but every year we are getting older. There seems to be no way around this. Well, that was until very recently. More and more age-related researchers are coming up with new observations suggesting that it could actually be possible. Still, I wouldn’t get too excited as those studies are still in their infancy. Yet, it brings us hope. Until futuristic technologies get developed to revert signs of ageing, we will have to rely on current strategies which aim to slow down the process. If you desire to extend your youth, there are cheap and accessible ways to do it. The principles are quite straightforward, we must remember to take care of our physical health as well as our mental health. From doing more physical activities to learning a new language, we all have the capacity to extend our youth, even if it’s just by a little. I, for one, will attempt these techniques. Who’s with me?

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Bring Up Touch—How do we perceive tactile stimuli

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We understand that we cannot live our lives without drinking or eating for extended periods. However, we often disregard the importance of touching and its impact on our well-being. For instance, the lack of social touch (e.g. hugs) has led in some cases to the death of several young children. We now understand that touching is necessary for proper brain development. Furthermore, in recent years, we also found that social touch allows for the release of many growth hormones and the stimulation of the immune system. In addition, there seem to be even more roles relating to touch and, more precisely, tickles. One theory proposes that tickles have evolutionary purposes. It claims that it encourages younglings to wrestle while protecting vital parts. What more will we learn about touch? Let’s find out.

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Bring Up Sleep – How can I increase my overall well-being

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My second most favourite moment of the day is whenever I’m sleeping (the first is, without any doubt, whenever I’m eating). After a good night’s sleep, I can always benefit from an energy recovery and a less obstructed mindset. Many pieces of evidence are starting to pile up supporting the necessity of sleep. However, despite these indications, heaps of people keep omitting it as a valid health component. Sleep is not only essential to recuperate from tiredness, but it also fundamentally impacts many aspects of your lives that you may not be fully comprehending. As a recent undergraduate and graduate student, I got the opportunity to notice first-hand a trend toward neglecting sleep as a necessary measure to succeed. Not only is this strategy not really helping in getting better grades, but it also may affect your memory and learning performances in the long run.

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Bring Up Racism – When systemic discrimination hurts people

It’s really hard to notice our flaws when we’re standing on our very own self-erected pedestal. Whether it results from narcissism or traumatizing past experiences, we all develop biases. These biases are naturally formed and hold no other objective than to protect us. It is only when biases become beliefs that they really can cause damage to people’s lives. To avoid hurting people, we have to question our beliefs, but more importantly, uncover our biases. In the case of racism, the bias responsible has been ‘race’. Actually, the term race is a man-made construct only that unfortunately has led to the formation of a belief in the hierarchy of races. Racism was used for a very long time to justify the mistreatment of very large groups of people. That construct now needs to retire more than ever, as there is absolutely no scientific proof that supports it. Let’s instead be better individuals and this means learning to rule over our biases. To learn more about biases, racism and discrimination, read this article.

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Bring Up Alexithymia – What does it mean to be emotionally blind

Emotions play a fundamental role in the way we conduct social interactions. How finely tuned we are to them will be the best indicator of how easy it is for us to maintain relationships. That said, there exist some people with significant handicaps when comes time to interact with others. I am specifically talking about people that display signs of alexithymia (or emotional blindness). In intense emotional situations, people affected by alexithymia are very likely to react inappropriately, since they are not able to read the situation adequately. In sum, living with someone showing signs of alexithymia could prove itself difficult. We first have to realize that emotions are very complicated. It takes years of training and practice to succeed in differentiating them. In the incapacity to differentiate, we have to compensate with all means necessary. In dealing with my fiancé, I’ve discovered that two-way communication had always succeeded in filling the gap left by his emotional blindness. Read to learn about this emotional journey, navigating around alexithymia.

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Bring Up The Beginning – How it all started

What is ”growing up”? What makes for maturity? Different people might have very different answers to those questions. Some might have a more physiological view and claim that growing up is the same as aging. Or some might even have a more philosophical approach and think that growing up is the unavoidable outcome produced by looking deeply into one’s true self. It really doesn’t matter what the view is, in all views, I see one common denominator, which is the accumulation of experience. I could have just described the latter as life when I think about it. By the process of growing up, we go through ups and downs and everything in between. All those experiences begin somewhere, whether it’s our birth or our first day of school. Without beginnings we cannot be, so dive into this article to see a glimpse at the person I was, I am and that I’m trying to become. Maybe you’ll find out at the end that I am no different than you.

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