Social Psychology

How to grab the bully by the horns

Illustration: Corbis

Young children's friends are the people they play with most. These children become familiar and predictable. Later, by four years of age, children start to select friends who match their developmental skills, their activity levels and their temperament.

Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 9:57am

Book: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Book: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

A research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Brene Brown has spent a decade studying shame, and this book explains why she believes that particular emotion underpins many of the social problems experienced by modern urban society.

3 Dec 2012 - 6:43pm

Janette Pepall: An adoption pioneer

Janette Pepall

Organising an array of thought-provoking seminars and workshops for counsellors, parents and their helpers, a new steering committee at Adoptive Families of Hong Kong has been breathing new life into the group.

21 Oct 2012 - 9:16am


Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22) The sun in your birth sign will create the conditions for success but it's up to you to make the most of them. Don't worry if your rivals seem better than you, your self-belief will trump them every time.


20 Oct 2012 - 11:34pm

It's party time, even for zombies!

This week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 The Soul Sessions, Vol 2 (Deluxe Edition), Joss Stone (pictured)

2 Underwater, Joshua Radin

3 Uncaged, Zac Brown Band

4 Gossamer, Passion Pit

5 Dark Roots of Earth, Testament

6 iTunes Session, Mat Kearney

7 The Lumineers, The Lumineers

15 Aug 2012 - 11:01pm


New subject is unnecessary

The Hong Kong government has decided to introduce national education into the curriculum as a required course. Many parents and teachers oppose the move.

They say the subject portrays the mainland's political system in an overly favourable manner.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Letting women take all the risk

The recent spate of scandals in the banking industry has once again focused attention on the seriousness of risk management and the important role played by compliance managers in building a culture of compliance amid the steadily widening web of laws and regulations.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

How parents can help their children overcome shyness at school

My son is chronically shy and I want to find a way to get him to express himself better at school. Do you have any suggestions?

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ethics and ethnicity

A few weeks after Barack Obama came out in favour of gay marriage, a photo montage appeared on my Facebook news feed comparing today's rabid opponents of such unions to supporters of racial segregation in the southern United States back in the day.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Parents shouldn't pay for good grades

Parents should never pay their children in exchange for good grades at school.

Some parents nowadays give money to their children when they pass their exams with flying colours. The parents see this as an effective way to encourage good behaviour.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane Portfolio

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Better halves for a better whole

As men's roles change, the time is right for fixing the imbalance between men and women. As with many important life lessons, real gender equality has to start in the home. That's where couples have to work out, on a daily basis, how to balance the demands of childcare, work and housework.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rules of engagement for a modern woman

Bride Wannabes, a recently concluded local reality TV show featuring five fearless women looking for husbands, was an instant hit.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Korean divide, both personal and national

Your story follows two Korean-American sisters, one ever dutiful, the other a sensitive maverick, as they take different paths in America. Is this an allegory of the North and South Korean divide?

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Hey, World Water Day is tomorrow

Let me introduce World Water Day to you all. Unlike Earth Hour in which we switch off our lights on March 31, World Water Day seems to be less well-known.

The event was started by the United Nations in 1993 and is held on March 22 every year.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am