If you’ve had to speak in public, you know the nerves that come with public speaking. So you probably also know the pain of umming, uhhing, or misspeaking. We explore where these vocal blunders come from and what they might mean.
American Borders: How our states got their shapes
There are 48 states in the continental United States. Some of them have borders that make a lot of sense, like Illinois which is flanked by rivers. But what about Michigan, Rhode Island, and so many others? We talk to writer Mark Stein about the borders that we’ve come to take for granted.
As age climbs, so does the fear associated with becoming a senior citizen. According to Martha Lear, author of Where Did I Leave My Glasses?: The What, When, and Why of Normal Memory Loss, specialists appear to agree the number one fear of the Baby Boomer generation is suffering from memory loss. Some level of memory loss is expected as we age, but what’s normal and what could be an early onset of Alzheimer’s?
“Sometimes it’s hard to tell what is normal old aging and what is the beginning of something more serious,” admit Dr. Marwan Sabbagh. The neurologist has devoted his career to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, but in the meantime he’s embraced the idea of prevention. Frequent exercise, a healthy diet, especially foods high in OMEGA-3, and regular mental stimulation are just a few examples. According to Dr. Sabbagh, there are certain strategies that can be adopted to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia. These assertions are explored in The Alzheimer’s Answer: Reduce Your Risk and Keep Your Brain Healthy, one of Dr. Sabbagh’s four publications on the topics of aging and memory loss.
Memories, such as what you ate for lunch, where you left your glasses, names of acquaintances, etc., are often the first types of memory to go with age. These memories can be omitted without much consequence, other than periodic annoyance, and are a common part of aging. Martha Lear suggests methods, such as using visual cues and repetition, using multiple senses and/or forms of communication to improve recall. Most importantly, Lear urges everyone to address the anxieties associated with memory loss, which may actually make symptoms worse. By regularly seeing doctors and staying familiar with normal memory loss associated with old age compared to more serious issues, much of the anxiety can be eliminated.
Martha Weinman Lear, author of Where Did I Leave My Glasses?: The what, when, and why of normal memory loss
Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, author of The Alzheimer’s Answer: Reduce your risk and keep your brain healthy
Narcissism is a disorder commonly joked about and misidentified, but in it’s purest form it takes a major toll on everyone that involved. High level narcissists are selfish to an extreme. They typically have little to no morals and never worry themselves with how other might be feeling.
Dr. Linda Martinez-Lewi became captivated by narcissism, with a focus on helping those around the narcissist to recover from effects of the traumatic relationship. Dr. Martinez-Lewi reveals most narcissist have almost zero chance of curbing the disorder, but those around them can learn to recover, even while still interacting with narcissistic personalities. Further detailed in her published works, Dr. Martinez-Lewi explains the first step is to identify the toxic narcissist. From there, the doctor states you can work from the advantage of, “know[ing] him or her better than he or she knows themself…Stay in your own truth, in your own boundaries, and not be reactive.”
For more tips and information, pick up a copy of Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life, Dr. Martinez-Lewi’s latest book.
Dr. Linda Martinez-Lewi, author of Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life
As we get older, we all will suffer from some memory loss. The question becomes what memory loss is a normal byproduct of getting older and when is it a sign of a larger problem, like Alzheimer’s Disease. We talk to experts about this question, and what, if anything, we can do to avoid losing their memories.
Narcissism: The manipulative, selfish disorder
Narcissists are always thinking about themselves. While this takes a toll on their wellbeing, it also takes a big toll on the people around them. We talk about the disorder and tips for people who feel they’re drowning in the orbit of a true narcissist.
Have you ever fantasized about going back in time and changing world history? How about your own personal past? If we could travel eternally through space and time, how would this power affect us, psychologically and emotionally? We talk about the appeal of time travel fiction with author Travis Langley who examines these questions in his book Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box, through an analysis of the longest-running sci-fi TV series of all time.
Dr. Langley says that time travel fiction provides a safe space to explore the emotions and consequences of all kinds of “what if” questions we all have, teaches us lessons that can we can apply to everyday life.
Dr. Travis Langley, author of Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box
When and how should parents sign up their children for schools? Dr. Suzanne Bouffard, author of The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children, says that the pre-kindergarten year sets the tone for the quality of schooling that student will experience for the rest of their lives.
Some studies show that pre-K programs do not help students, but Dr. Bouffard says these programs are not created equally, and parents must look carefully to distinguish a high-quality program that will help students with lifelong learning from the rest. Some things to look for are the relationship between students and teachers and the balance of time spent on academic subjects and time designated for play. The activities in the room should also be age-appropriate, and students should have plenty of activities to choose from.
Dr. Suzzanne Bouffard, author of The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children