Lonely people vulnerable to financial exploitation
Social connectedness, which is already known to enhance physical health and psychological wellbeing among older adults, may also be a key protector against financial abuse.
Christians, Jews and Muslims experience workplace discrimination differently
That which initially unites a group of people is their differences from other groups. No organization, no society, no school, no club, and even no family, can accept diversity until there is sufficient commonality.
77 percent of suicides in UK and Europe are male
Step-by-Step, was launched in 2017 following a European Commission report which showed men account for 77 percent of all suicides in the continent. The project was based on the popular Men’s Sheds concept, which originated in 1980s Australia to improve the health and wellbeing of men deemed at high-risk of social isolation.
The downside of loyalty: why some organizational cover-ups go unchecked
A cover-up, or an attempt to conceal evidence of wrongdoing, error or unethical actions, can prove harmful and costly for an organization. Often starting small, a cover-up can turn into a scandal that forever tarnishes the reputation of an institution.
Rats prefer to help their own kind; humans may be similarly wired
In human science terms, this is the study of the week. If you want to have genuine collaboration in an organization, you have to find ways to increase the sense of commonality on which belonging depends—to get the right brain areas working with the right reward mechanisms.
Partners' company helps us stay connected during pandemic
The epidemic of loneliness and social separation preceded the COVID-19 pandemic. Does household size, video calls with friends and family, working outside the home or being in the company of one’s children or pets make a difference in our feelings of social connectedness?
Forming beliefs in a world of filter bubbles
By talking to other people and observing their behavior, we can learn new things, acquire new skills, and adapt to changing conditions. But what if the information provided by the social environment is inconsistent or contradictory? The internet, in particular, has dramatically changed the structure and dynamics of social interactions.
Some friends make you feel more supported than others
It’s good to have friends and family to back you up when you need it—but your sense of being supported is even greater if they belong, in a sense, to the same tribe.
Desire to be in a group leads to harsher judgment of others
We can belong to many groups (a political party and a sports association for example) and the stronger we identify with them the more we adopt their “group think” and stoutly defend it—even if we don’t actually believe it.
Social distancing may kill you
Never before have we experienced social isolation on a massive scale as we have during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. New research explores the impact on our psychological well-being and physical health, including decreased life span.
For people in diverse areas, community identity supersedes racial, ethnic differences
People can adapt to being in quarantine, or living in a neighborhood with different people. What probably disrupts this process, however, are divisive political leaders who purposefully try to agitate or polarize and exaggerate the differences between people.
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