Benefits of a golf club membership

Avid golfers should consider becoming a member of golf clubs for the many advantages it offers, examples of which are the following:

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  • Friendship with people of the same passion: A poll conducted three years ago on new golf club members listed the friendly and welcoming atmosphere as the primary reason for their decision to join. A membership allows people to develop relationships and social camaraderie with fellow golf enthusiasts, not just in the golf course, but also in the clubhouse or other facilities.

  • Unlimited play: Those who love playing nine or 18 rounds regularly will find it more cost-effective to pay the annual membership fee compared to paying every time they go to a golf course. It is easier to improve your golf game when you get to practice for an unlimited amount of time.

  • Opportunity to play in competitions: What better way to gauge your golf skills than to join tournaments, leagues, or interclub matches. By applying for a golf club membership, you can find opportunities to participate in competitions and see where you stack up against other golfers.

  • Other activities: Many golf clubs do not just have courses, but also other amenities, such as fitness rooms, swimming pools, tennis courts, and many more. Usually, these facilities are exclusive only for members.
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Hi, I’m Dr. Wayne Imber, a retired professor who taught social and developmental psychology in many schools in Chicago, Arizona, and Massachusetts. Now, I get to pursue some of my other passions, including playing golf. Read more about the sport by visiting this blog.

How To Help Ex-Prisoners Live Again On The Outside

Once released, prisoners in the United States face an environment that endlessly challenges them and makes it quite difficult to reintegrate back to society. It’s not enough to give former inmates $200 each and without a suitable place to live and help to find work and to adjust to life outside prison walls.

Educate them

Some ex-prisoners have a basic level of education while higher education is almost entirely absent, so inside the prison, the qualified and interested ones should already be given the opportunity to pursue a college education. In California, San Quentin Prison – one of the country’s largest – offers college-level education to inmates through its Prison University Project.

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Support their transition

Equip them with skills, training, and job placement once they are released from prison. Centers that do exactly this in certain states should be emulated in other places. Successful re-entry into society should also be viewed in terms of how their basic life needs are met, namely livelihood, residence, health, family, criminal justice compliance, and social connections.

Remove unfair barriers to being employed

Blanket prohibitions such as professional certifications for truck drivers in Texas should be removed as they bar former prisoners from seeking new jobs. Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate in the country, has a Re-Entry Court program that allows the state’s younger inmates who qualify to learn a trade, such as cooking or plumbing.

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Dr. Wayne Imber is a retired professor specializing in social and developmental psychology. For the past 30 years, he has taught in Chicago and throughout Arizona and Massachusetts. For similar reads, visit this page.

Connecting My Two Loves: Psychology And Golf

It was only a matter of time before I started writing about the connection between my two great passions – psychology and golf. For a more cohesive (and perhaps more enjoyable?) discussion, let’s approach this by talking about golf and applying some popular psychology concepts.

The moment

When we say “live in the moment”, this means you should focus on what’s in front of you – the next shot or put. If you made a mistake in the previous hole, don’t dwell on it. Don’t think about the next holes. Just focus on the moment.

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The 10-Yard Rule

When you make a mistake or a bad shot, put it in your heard. Scream at yourself for the bad shot in your head. But keep in mind that you’re also walking away from that mistake. Stop venting once you’ve reached 10 yards of where the mistake happened.

Mental endurance

Playing the game under a lot of stress, or too emotionally will take its toll. It can be draining both physically and mentally. Free your mind of any troubles you may think of and simply swing away.

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Stay the course

Not all courses are built equally. Some are more challenging than others. When you find yourself at a particularly difficult hole, play through it no matter how many strokes it would take. It does wonders for your mental game if you finally conquer that mountain.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology is the branch of psychology concerned with scientifically studying how and why human beings change over the course of their lives. Though it was initially just concerned with infants and children, it is a field that today accommodates adolescence, adult development, and aging.

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A developmental psychologist is concerned with understanding and explaining how our feelings, thought, and behaviors change as we live our lives. In other words, this field of scientific study focuses on a human being’s physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development.

There are many facets involved in the three dimensions mentioned above, from moral understanding and the acquisition of language to our self-concept and identity formation. As the field expanded, developmental psychologists incorporated different processes and nuances of cultures all over the world: how nature and nurture make us who we are based on our contexts and milieus.

It is not a field that exists in a vacuum; developmental psychology complements and involves a wide array of related fields, from child development and cultural psychology to forensic and cognitive psychology. Some of the most renowned names in the history of psychology are developmental psychologists. These include Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, and Sigmund Freud.

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Retired professor Dr. Wayne Imber taught psychology in many schools in Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts for over 30years. His emphasis was social psychology and developmental psychology. For related reads, visit this blog.

Warning Signs Of Speech Delay In Toddlers

As with other skills and milestones, the age at which kids learn to talk may vary. Many babies can easily say “mama” and “dada” well before their first birthday, and most toddlers can say about 20 words by the time they reach their 18th month. But what if a two-year-old isn’t really talking yet, or only put two words together?

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Knowing what’s normal and what’s not in speech development helps parents know if there’s cause for concern or if their child is right on schedule. During checkups doctors look to see if kids have reached these speech and language milestones:

Before 12 months

By their first year, babies should be using their voices to interact with their environment. “Mama” and “dada” are commonly used around 9 months. Babies should be paying attention to sound. Babies who watch intently but don’t react to sound could be showing signs of hearing loss.

By 12 to 15 months

Kids by this age should begin to imitate the sounds and words they hear, and often say one or more words aside from “mama” and “dada.”

From 18 to 24 months

Most toddlers can say about 20 words by 18 months and 50 or more on their second year. By age 2, kids should start to combine words to make simple sentences such as “mama milk” or “big ball.”

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Dr. Wayne Imber here. I’m a retired professor specializing in social and developmental psychology. Visit my blog to know more about me.

‘Bad British’ cuisine: Breaking an entrenched stereotype

Gordon Ramsay, Alton Brown, and Jamie Oliver are just some of the many household names in cooking that hail from the United Kingdom. But for all the near omnipresence of British chefs on the media, Britain itself has been saddled with the most unfair of culinary stereotypes. British food, so says a lot of people, is terrible, and the prevalence of many strange dishes is often enough to reinforce this thinking.

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The names certainly don’t help: stargazey pie, jellied eels, toad in a hole, spotted dick. The former refers to seafood whereas the latter pertains to sausages. Even the most quintessential British food items, bangers and mash and fish and chips, are all unusually bland and ordinary compared with the hearty contents of other European meal traditions.

And we’re not just talking about the most familiar culinary traditions in Britain. While the English get the bulk of the bad press, the Scottish don’t go off scot-free. Haggis is the go-to dish for ridicule, often derided in pop culture as the epitome of disgusting.

Part of the reason for the bad rap of British cuisine lies mainly in the wide cultural gulf between the Brits and other nationalities. The British seem to prefer many foods a certain way, even though it may seem taboo to other cultures. Some foods simply look weird or made in a bizarre manner: the Cornish stargazey pie involves fish heads sticking out of a pie, whereas more people know about haggis’ mode of production than its actual taste.

Often, the foods themselves seem disgusting but have unexpectedly pleasant flavors. I’ve come to love haggis, which is basically just another sausage but with a richer, burger-like taste. Black pudding (sausage using pig’s blood) is another dish said to taste better than it looks.

All things considered, British food goes beyond its crazy reputation for the weird and disgusting-seeming. Looking past the stereotypes can reveal many underrated delicacies. Hey, the Brits eat them with zeal for a reason.

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I’m Wayne Imber, a retired psychologist turned cook. Catch up on this old man’s culinary musings and experiments here.

4 Ways Cooking Can Relieve Your Stress

Stress has always been correlated with the modern-day lifestyle as many individuals complain of stress, anxiety, and tension. Though there are a lot of stress management techniques, cooking is one of the best stress relievers.

Below are some ways that explain how cooking can help relieve your stress.

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1. The “Voodoo” effect

Sometimes, all you need is to reassert your dominance at the top of the food chain. Maybe it’s really dark, but chopping veggies and butchering chickens can really take the edge off the most difficult days.

2. Aromatherapy

The aromatics of certain herbs and spices can have beneficial effects on your mood. As you simmer and sauté these ingredients, don’t forget to savor the smell.

3. Creativity

Stress can obstruct the thinking process, that’s why cooking is a great way to get the creative juices flowing in you. The process of trying to innovate a recipe or the reward of creating something from nothing but a few raw ingredients greatly fosters creativity.

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4. Stress relieving foods

Certain studies indicate that certain foods can cause a significant reduction in stress and number of stress hormones in the body. Some of them are:

Apple – Apples can reduce headache and various types of migraines.

Tea – Drinking black or green tea helps to lower stress and improve focus.

Coconut – Coconut lowers the heart rate and in turn, reduces stress.

Dr. Wayne Imber here. I’m a retired professor specializing in social and developmental psychology. Visit my blog for more info.

The Red Cross volunteer: How to roll up your sleeves to help

Volunteering for causes will never be easy, yet it can be learned. Many times, we get confused as to how we should help in times of need. Delivering vital services means providing relief and support to the people in crisis. These emergency situations call for people who are ready and are truly equipped to help.

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For health and safety volunteers, courses and certifications are needed to help effectively. The jobs require the latest lifesaving skills and techniques for they address health emergencies. Red Cross is huge on this as it is the organization providing volunteers-in-training with the skills that they need to be of help in emergency situations. Red Cross also offers lifeguard training.

For those who wish to help the community in non-emergent situations, Red Cross offers volunteers training for babysitting, caregiving, and swimming courses. These training courses aim to prevent harm in the home setting.

Helping in disaster relief operations need training, too. Red Cross can respond to emergency cases in just 8 minutes. Red Cross responds to various situations from house fires to multi-state natural disasters with a group of excellent volunteers to attend to those affected and provide them with the immediate care that they need.

Making a difference in the community isn’t just done by doing one thing. There are Red Cross volunteers for volunteer management, disaster services, disaster action team, disaster preparedness presenter, and current affairs. Become a Red Cross volunteer and be of help wherever you are.

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The Fascinating World Of Developmental Psychology

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Psychology has always been an intriguing subject. It explains how people are the way they are on a cognitive level. Developmental psychology, a branch of the field, deals with the ways and the reasons people change over their lifetime, from infancy and childhood, to adolescence, adulthood, and old age.

There are three major aspects to personal change. There are the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development. Under these three dimensions, there are several topics such as executive functions, motor skills, moral understanding, social change, personality, language acquisition, emotional growth, self-concept, and identity formation.

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A huge part of developmental psychology is the analysis of the respective influence of nature and nurture on human development. This is tied to the processes of human development, as a person changes over time. The main interacting sections of a human being occur among his characteristics, behavior, and surroundings.

There is quite a number of subfields in developmental psychology. A few examples of these are educational psychology, child psychopathology, child development, cultural psychology, ecological psychology, cognitive psychology, and forensic developmental psychology.

One of the most famous psychologists of all time was a developmental psychologist at heart – Sigmund Freud. He would lead the notable names in the discipline throughout history.

Hi there, I’m Dr. Wayne Imber. I am a professor of psychology and used to teach in Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts. Read more about psychology from my Google+ page.

Understanding Social Psychology And Its Relevance To Society

The concept of social psychology had initially been established during the time of Plato when he introduced “crowd mind.” The philosopher opined that some people have a tendency to possess a collective mind when they are together. And while it is no longer an accepted postulate, it was the first theory that concerned the effect of socialization to the human psyche.

In the late 19th century, other similar studies were made, including social facilitation, or the tendency of people to perform in a different way when with others, and social loafing, which explains that individuals are likely to give less effort when they are part of a group.

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But the formal study of social psychology started after the horrors of Holocaust during World War II. Researchers desired to understand what drove people to follow orders or bow to social pressure that resulted in countless people suffering – even the innocent ones. It has since evolved into a discipline that seeks to “understand and explain how the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of other human beings.”

Because of social psychology, studies on how people function, conduct themselves and make decisions in social situations, such as in a group or public can now be done. And the discipline is now being applied to different fields, such as the academe, corporate world, market research, economics, the judicial system, and many more.

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Hi, I’m Wayne Imber, a retired professor that has taught psychology for more than 30 years at many schools Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts. Subscribe to my blog for more articles about the discipline.