“Why should I praise, compliment kids or students for things they should be doing anyway?”

My experience is that when someone says that or asks that, they—themselves—are feeling terribly un-praised and under appreciated for what they do in life.   The comment really means, “I am unappreciated, so why should I appreciate others?” I don’t attack people for this blinded comment about themselves, nor do I try to argue back from the mountains of evidence showing that all living humans need this. The comment arises from a wound, and the wound needs a healing. How can one do that? Here are two examples: I’ve modeled for PAX Partner Coaches (people who help implement the PAX Good Behavior…

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How Can A Nurturing Environment Reduce Bias, Prejudice and Conflict Between Groups?

The classic experiment that shows this happened in the 1950s, the Robbers Cave study (Sherif, Harvey, Hood, Sherif, & White, 1988).  An excellent 3-minute video summarizes how this classic experiment worked, which you can view at http://bit.ly/robbers-cave.  Now that study happened more than 60 years ago with some middle-class boys in state park by the name of Robbers Cave in Oklahoma.  The experiment happened in three stages: Stage one: The boys were randomly assigned to two groups, and never knew about the other group for a week. During the first week, each “team” (self named as the Rattlers or the Eagles),…

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Freaky Evonomic Calculations Drive America’s Border Problems

Drugs, violence, and lots of scangry (scared+angry) people pretty much summarizes the “bad” in America’s border problems. The “solutions” on the daily shout-casts on TV and the Internet are unlikely to work, because they don’t conform to what I’d call freaky evonomics, which is the bastard child of freakonomics and evolutionary science. Now, before you roll your eyes and scream that I’ve taken leave of all sensibility, read some of the data assembled—even if you think evolution is the invention of the devil. So why are all the really poor people in the U.S. and Central American making lots of babies…

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Freaky Evonomics: Dopamine Genes Running Across the Border

What makes people flee violence and endure danger of illegal border crossings to come to the United States? What makes people risk carrying illegal drugs across the border? And, what makes the millions of American citizens in the US crave illegal drugs in the US? One could blame bad parents, too lax or too harsh parents. One could blame believing in the wrong religion or no religion. Those judgments cannot see impossibly tiny dopamine genes that do not respond to social, physical, and biological events in a “moral way”. Those genes change how dopamine is expressed in our brains, and how…

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A Super Tootle to Madison County and Ohio for a Nurturing Environment

Please go read this newspaper story:  http://www.madison-press.com/news/opinion/5245873/A-Tootle-for-the-Madison-County-Fair   A “Tootle” (for the uninitiated) is the opposite of a tattle, and Tootles are written. An Ohio newspaper is the first newspaper in the world to publish a Tootle. The people of Madison County and the state of Ohio may not realize that they are the vanguard of showing it’s possible to mobilize young people, adults and organizations of every stripe to protect generations from the epidemic of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders [1]. The last time this happened for a large public good for our children was during the 1950s Polio…

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Mobilizing America to Protect Young Children from Mental Illnesses

(Note: Tony and I wrote this) In March 2009, the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Academy of Sciences announced that mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders (MEB’s) among young people were preventable because of powerful, replicated science largely funded by various National Institutes of Health [1]. Not every case can be prevented, but enough can to have profound impact on American children, youth, families, communities, plus the nation’s health, wellbeing and economy. Most of the strategies the IOM committee reviewed have been shown by randomized-controlled trials and long term following up to prevent multiple problems for periods as…

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Nurturing Babies Brain Development by Eating Fish: Promoted Now by the FDA and EPA

Yep, on June 11, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration endorsed pregnant women eating fish. You can read the announcements online at: The announcement and links to attached documents can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm#QAs This announcement of release can also can be found here on the Federal registry. https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/06/11/2014-13584/advice-about-eating-fish-draft-update The story behind this was years in the breaking, significantly attributable to one incredibly brilliant and passionate scientist and good friend: Dr. Joseph Hibbeln. In 2000, I met with Dr. Joe Hibbeln, for a whole a day at the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse…

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Ohio Counties Pass Levy to Support PAX Good Behavior Game

The citizens of Allen, Auglaze and Hardin counties in Ohio pass a levy to support mental health prevention, intervention and treatment. The 1 mill, five-year levy for Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties passed 55 percent to 45 percent overall and passed in all three counties. The vote was 13,070 to 10,489, according to unofficial results from county election boards. In years past, the levy failed. One of the likely reasons the levy passed is because of the mobilization of teachers, parents and others who have witnessed first-hand the benefit of PAX GBG in in…

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“Why should I praise, compliment kids or students for things they should be doing anyway?”

My experience is that when someone says that or asks that, they—themselves—are feeling terribly un-praised and under appreciated for what they do in life.   The comment really means, “I am unappreciated, so why should I appreciate others?” I don’t attack people for this blinded comment about themselves, nor do I try to argue back from the mountains of evidence showing that all living humans need this. The comment arises from a wound, and the wound needs a healing. How can one do that? Here are two examples: I’ve modeled for PAX Partner Coaches (people who help implement the PAX Good…

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How Can A Nurturing Environment Reduce Bias, Prejudice and Conflict Between Groups?

The classic experiment that shows this happened in the 1950s, the Robbers Cave study (Sherif, Harvey, Hood, Sherif, & White, 1988).  An excellent 3-minute video summarizes how this classic experiment worked, which you can view at http://bit.ly/robbers-cave.  Now that study happened more than 60 years ago with some middle-class boys in state park by the name of Robbers Cave in Oklahoma.  The experiment happened in three stages: Stage one: The boys were randomly assigned to two groups, and never knew about the other group for a week. During the first week, each “team” (self named as the Rattlers or the…

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