People need friends and community. They're lonely, either literally or shut off in their marriages or families. So many marriages become cold places, and people need to connect. They feel shut off from those around them, so they reach beyond.
I come from a generation -- and more specifically, a family -- for which this "parenting method' is unheard of. I put "parenting method" in quotations because what these parents are doing isn't parenting at all. It's bullying.
Is it worrisome that our federal government is paralyzed in partisan deadlock? Have we so little expectation of officeholders that we view politics as simply a sideshow; and if we vote at all, do we pull the lever based on nothing more than name recognition?
America has a long tradition of public humiliation, but does shame really motivate people to change? Two psychological scientists decided to see if alcoholics' feelings of shame about their addictions might actually interfere with their attempts to get sober.