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Sat, 30 Nov 13
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Poet Elaine Feinstein suggests a creative way to tackle bullying. She would like every bully to be enrolled on a literature course that opens up their minds to the pain and suffering caused by their actions. Literature after all is the mother of empathy, and that is arguably what is missing in the cruel. She recommends choosing books that feature bullying, such as William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies. Perhaps if the bully could see the world from Piggy’s perspective, they would start being nicer to their peers.
Sat, 9 Nov 13
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How about a device that recognises when your brain is overloaded and quietly shuts down all your email and social media feeds? Psychologist Kathryn Asbury says it might work by sensing physical signs of stress and tiredness, such as hormone levels and blood pressure, and when they cross a certain threshold it would block off all new information, giving you time and space to process the things already cluttering up your brain. She believes this is necessary because we don’t have the willpower to do it for ourselves. The more tired and stressed we are the more likely we are to check email and Twitter obsessively, when we should be concentrating on more important things like getting off the bus at the right stop or not walking into lamp posts!
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