The 5:1 ratio of positive to negative feedback

I read a book recently by William Gentry called “Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work for: A guide for new leaders” and he makes the simple but profoundly true observation: “…strive to give five positive pieces of feedback over a period of time before you must deliver a negative one.” he bases this suggestion on research done by relationship experts John and Julie Gotterman in their work investigating successful marriages vs. those ending in divorce. according to the research- the ratio of positive to negative interactions for successful/married couples is typically around 5:1, whereas, unstable marriages show a ratio of 0.8:1.

In his book he also points to research showing how non-verbal communication (facial expression, tone, body gesture and proximity, eye contact, etc..) makes up anywhere between 65%-93% “..of the total emotional interaction between two people.”

I know I needed this reminder!

New Report: “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences”

The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society recently released its latest report titled “Sexuality and Gender Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences” by Lawrence S. Mayer, M.B., M.S., Ph.D. Paul R. McHugh, M.D. of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

It is no surprise that the report is receiving much push-back from pro-LGBT lobby and the popular media.

Albert Mohler comments on the pressure that Johns Hopkins is receiving from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) HERE . He mentions how the HRC and others are attempting to strong-arm Johns Hopkins by calling for disavowal of what they describe as a misleading and anti-LGBTQ report. The New Atlantis has responded to the HRC’s critical claims about the report in a press release called “Lies and Bullying from the Human Rights Campaign” which can be found HERE.

 

Study on Speaking to your Children

Read this study article:

http://literacy.rice.edu/thirty-million-word-gap

This tells me to speak to my children and encourage them as much as possible from a young age. The answer to more well-formed children and society is not necessarily more and newer school programs. It starts at home. I don’t agree with all the implications that some might draw from this article but the correlation between poor/bad (not necessarily income bracket) parenting and poor outcomes should speak for itself.

The Liberal University

Read article: http://cornellsun.com/2015/10/15/cornell-faculty-donations-flood-left%E2%80%88filings-show/ True open-minded intellectuals and higher education institutions should promote thought diversity as a means to hone the minds of students. This article makes interesting points regarding the ineptitude of its liberal students upon graduating liberal universities (most universities) regarding their ability to defend their liberal ideology in a world that is not […]

Statistics and Gun Laws

Statistics and Gun Laws “Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming allow lawful firearm owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit.”(1) The average murder rate in these states is 3.1 per 100,000 people which is well below the national average.(2) I wanted to see if there was a correlation between states that are very lenient regarding […]