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Mindful Reader
Deb Baker, columnist

The Mindful Reader: Debunking ‘kids today’ theories

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In The Myth of the Spoiled Child, Alfie Kohn uses some of his previous theories on the problem with rewards, homework and competition to debunk the prevailing view that “kids today” are overindulged, overprotected narcissists, and that their helicopter parents made them that way. Given his earlier research, he wondered what evidence supported such anecdotes. He notes that many of … 0

The Mindful Reader: Taking stock of our relationships and how they shape us

Sunday, February 9, 2014

University of New Hampshire psychology professor John D. Mayer co-wrote an article in 1990 called “Emotional Intelligence.” Journalist Daniel Goleman wrote a book about Mayer’s ideas that popularized his work. Mayer’s new book, Personal Intelligence: The Power of Personality and How it Shapes Our Lives, explains his continuing work in personality psychology. Mayer … 0

The Mindful Reader: A thriller and a tour of the universe’s inside story

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Boston-area author Elisabeth Elo’s North of Boston kept me turning pages between tasks on my holiday to-do lists. I’m not a huge thriller fan, but I enjoyed this one because of Pirio Kasparov, the smart, loyal, strong main character with a penchant for cigars and Russian novels. Pirio works for her family’s perfume … 0