Human Behavior

Findings on antisocial children raise red flag for parents

Dr Annis Fung Lai-chu, an assistant professor at City University's Department of Applied Social Studies.

Are we in danger of raising a generation of narcissists and spoiled brats? A new study by City University social scientist Annis Fung Lai-chu has caused alarm.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 5:02am

Dealing With Kids And Tantrums

Dealing With Kids And Tantrums

There are so many negative nicknames these days in Hong Kong - for both parents and children. There are tiger mums, but also helicopter parents, eagle fathers, and monster parents. 

28 Oct 2012 - 3:25pm

Class Action: Sport for children

Sports teaches teamwork and co-operation. Photo: Corbis

My family enjoyed watching the Olympic Games. Both my children are sporty but their school doesn't seem to encourage competitive sport. How is this is going to help my children develop a competitive attitude or produce Olympic athletes of the future?

14 Oct 2012 - 11:16am

Falling in love IS exact science, says professor

Japanese experts say youngsters struggle with love. Photo: EPA

It is often said love is not logical. Yet, the study of love, which attempts to objectively and scientifically analyse romance and teach it as an academic subject, has recently become a popular topic in Japan. The hot new field also aims to improve people's communication skills with the opposite sex.

7 Oct 2012 - 3:01am

Huge changes in mainland's sexual attitudes

Huge changes in mainland's sexual attitudes

Richard Burger suggests a sexual reawakening has long been under way on the mainland, with a rapidly altering sexual landscape filled with unmarried sexual partners, flourishing sex shops, mistresses and an increasingly wifeless generation of young men.

30 Sep 2012 - 3:48pm

Anti-smoking activists in row over China Tobacco Museum in Shanghai

The China Tobacco Museum in Shanghai, which is at the centre of a continuing dispute on the mainland. Photo: SCMP

Anti-smoking activists are angry at the controversial designation of Shanghai's China Tobacco Museum as a "patriotic education base".

27 Sep 2012 - 11:38am

Magical adventure with dose of humour creates a winning read

Magical adventure with dose of humour creates a winning read

Stuart Horten (10 years old, but looks younger) has moved with his doctor mother and crossword compiler father to the small town of Beeton, where Great-Uncle Tony lived before he disappeared. Tony was a magician who perfected a set of mind-blowing illusions, and whose magic workshop was a place of wonder.

17 Sep 2012 - 9:03am

Geocaching is a treasure hunt which brings families together

Geocaching is a treasure hunt which brings families together

Tim Teahan was deep in the Malaysian jungle with his young son, Ringo. They had been hiking for three hours, stepping over millipedes, pausing periodically to remove hungry leeches from their skin. Their only companions were the monkeys looking down from the trees. Finally, they found the treasure they were seeking hidden behind a waterfall: a jar containing a notebook.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:32am

Class action: good manners

Books can help instil good manners in children

This summer is the first time I have looked after groups of my daughter's friends. I have been disappointed to see how few children bother to say "please" or "thank you". How can I help my five-year-old daughter develop good manners?

1 Sep 2012 - 4:42pm

Rant: fifty shades of rage

Illustration: Henrik Drescher

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have read the entire Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, by E.L. James.

2 Sep 2012 - 1:37pm

Hot spots: Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur

Hot spots: Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur

2 Sep 2012 - 1:58pm

App of the week: Sex Drive

App of the week: Sex Drive

Sex Drive


Rating 5/10 Doctors may have seen it all before, but most people prefer a more private way to "cure" a less-than-spectacular sex life. Phone apps can provide a way to do your research without leaving telltale histories on your computer. Just be careful not to give the phone to your kids.

28 Aug 2012 - 6:11pm

Troubled young people see sex as normal part of dating

Sex and dating come in the same package for more than one-third of the city's troubled young people, a survey of at-risk youths has shown.

Some 28 per cent of the respondents to the Federation of Youth Groups' survey, who were aged 10 to 24, said they would consider having sex with a minor. Close to 20 per cent of respondents admit having done so.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:02am

The secret science of running

Athletes run on the Mall during the athletics event men's marathon at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 in London.  AFP PHOTO

Are modern men and women born to run, or must our 21st-century bodies be carefully cross-trained to stay fit and healthy?

When it comes to care and training of today's distance runner, expert opinions are mixed.

Jay Dicharry, author of the new book Anatomy for Runners, believes that to be a better runner, running is not enough.

21 Aug 2012 - 11:49am

Nutrition: Juice detox

Photo: Corbis

Hong Kong's fine-dining and drinking lifestyle is an integral part of Claire Blackshaw's life, as the director of public relations for a five-star hotel. "It's a wonderful position to be in, but equally agonising for the waistline," she says.

21 Aug 2012 - 10:36am