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THINK! America – Weekend of Dec. 23, 2017 – Show #1

Topics - December 23, 2017 - Show #1. Guest: Dr. Suzana Flores, Clinical Psychologist and Author of Face Hooked.

Topics and Guest – December 23, 2017 – Show #1

Cities across Germany and Britain are increasing security in open markets this season and wrapping barricades. Massive car barricades, 1.2 ton pellet  bags, large trucks and huge posts to divert traffic are being erected to protect shoppers from being run-over by terrorists. It makes sense in light of the of the deadly truck rampage in Berlin last year that killed 12 and injured 48 in an open Christmas market. What may be odd though, is the barricades are being wrapped as Christmas gifts. Good idea, or bad idea? Does it seem like these countries are “making lemonade out of lemons” in doing this? Does the wrapping appear to hide the danger?

‘Tis the season for splurging and that includes eating out. It’s difficult to resist the temptation to consume, particularly when we’re enticed in so many ways—holiday shopping, the food court at the mall, and those expensive coffee drinks, not to mention the wine and booze. In a recent study, adults tend to underestimate how much they spend on eating out by more than twice what they’re actually spending. Before long, you’re over-budget. Why do we “go for it” especially during the holidays, when we know we’ll pay heavily for it, in
our waistline and our wallet?

Interview: Dr. Suzana Flores, Clinical Psychologist and Author of Face Hooked. Topic: How Facebook and social media affects sense of self, privacy, need for validation, friendships and relationship. Facebook influences behaviors such as stalking (70% of people will stalk their ex), divorce (currently FB is directly responsible for a 20% divorce rate in the U.S. alone) and is leading to problematic behaviors in
teens such as poor impulse control, cyberbullying, addiction and in some cases even ADHD. Dr. Flores is the author of FaceHooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships, and Lives.”

Who knew?! Toddlers have more fun with fewer toys.  According to a study from researchers at the University of Toledo in Ohio who ran two experiments – “ toddlers engage in longer periods of play with a single toy, allowing better focus to explore and play more creatively”. What’s your experience with toddlers at Christmas time?

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