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Coping with Challenges

The Criminal High


 

Street gangs have often been understood as a way for adolescents to find a sense of belonging and social support, however, say Liza Berdychevsky, Monika Stodolska and Kim Shinew, professors of recreation, sport and tourism at the University of Illinois, street gangs often fill another important need for kids – for excitement.


Coping with Challenges

Speculation and Education – An Overlooked Connection?


 

Overall, the percentage of Americans who were paying more than 40 percent of their income for debts like mortgages and credit card bills increased from about 17 percent in 1992 to 27 percent in 2008, but according to research done by Sherman Hanna, a professor of consumer sciences at Ohio State University, and his colleagues, it was those who were college-educated who were more likely than those with high school or less education to be above this 40 percent threshold – considered to be a risky amount of debt for most households (Hanna et al., 2016).


Coping with Challenges

Want to Get Better? Learn to Take a Risk

In speaking about the relationship between risk and mastery, Steven Kottler, the author of The Rise of Superman, quotes University of Cambridge, England neuropsychologist Barbara Sahakian, “If you are interested in mastery, you have to learn this lesson. To really achieve anything, you have to be able to tolerate and enjoy risk. It has to become a challenge to look forward to. In all fields, to make exceptional discoveries you need risk – you’re just never going to have a breakthrough without it” (Kottler, 2014).


Coping with Challenges

Broadening The Social Network

It is an innate response to reach out to others when we are in distress, and according to Emily Falk, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, Psychology, and Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and director of its Communication Neuroscience Lab, these social networks influence, and are influenced by, our brain networks.