The golfing dos and don’ts every beginner should know

posted Dec 7, 2018, 10:20 AM by Wayne Imber

Watching the sport of golf is not enough to teach you everything there is to know about golf. Playing golf takes a lot of effort, time, and experience to get better at. Only when you play the sport can you be introduced to key aspects you wouldn’t see if you only watch professionals play. If you’re a beginner to golfing, here are some helpful dos and don’ts you need to know.

When learning how to play golf, don’t ask a person who knows how to play to teach you. This could be your spouse, your friend, or co-worker. They may be good at golf, but not at teaching. You don’t need a former PGA Tour winner for an instructor. All you need is a good instructor that can help you develop your swing foundation.

If you haven’t gotten the knack of getting the ball airborne yet, don’t play a course. Missing the ball often will create backlogs in the course as other players need for you to hit your ball before they can proceed. When playing, make sure that you complete the course as fast as possible.

It’s basic golf etiquette not to touch or tamper with another person’s ball. You may find one on the ground and not see anyone coming for it. This may be because they are hundreds of yards away or are waiting for their friends to finish their swing. Focus on your ball as not to ruin other people’s games.

Wayne Imber is a retired professor of social and developmental psychology, having taught at many undergraduate and masters programs throughout Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts. He spent his undergraduate years helping former inmates through the process of adjusting to life outside prison, a learning experience he continues to share in his stints as guest speakers in seminars across the country. To read more about golf, visit this blog.

On development and daydreams

posted Nov 8, 2018, 11:18 AM by Wayne Imber

Children who daydream are often misconstrued as being lazy. But studies have shown that this activity, perceived to be of no use by the masses, is actually helpful to the development of children into adults. 
On average, people spend almost half of their time awake wandering into some far off place in their mind’s eye. Some people may balk at this idea and scream to the high heavens at how focused they are at their jobs. But they need not be offended. In fact, scientists found that this daydreaming is important to a person’s cognitive function.

Children are easily bored, which is why their brains often explore things, places, scenarios, times, and universes that are fictional. Through this, they are able to increase their innate capacity for creativity, invention, and innovation. It has also been speculated that daydreaming connects the conscious parts of the brain and the unconscious areas. It is this connection that facilitates imagination.

Some neuroscientists, however, believe that daydreaming is a way for children to allow neural connections in their developing brains to fuse, which will, of course, pay dividends when they reach maturity.

But as with anything else, excessive daydreaming is unhealthy. This is why parents need to observe their children, and how much daydreaming is being done.

Hello! I'm Wayne Imber, psychologist, retired professor, and culinary experimenter. For similar reads, visit this page.

The long-term effects of grief and loss

posted Oct 17, 2018, 12:34 PM by Wayne Imber

Grief is a long process, but not frequently discussed are the bits and pieces that one has to deal with long after a loss or tragedy has occurred. There’s mental, emotional, and even physical damage, and many other things that permanently affect one’s life. Here are the long-term effects that have to be managed with grief and the loss of a loved one.

Greater sensitivity to life’s fragile nature

People who have gone through grief and suffered loss may feel more compassionate to others, as well as more aware of people’s feelings and emotion. It doesn’t take a lot to set them off, and this could be both positive and negative. They are simply more sensitive to the world around them.

Changes in one’s brain and memory

A grieving person could remember nearly anything as long as the given memory involves the deceased family, friend, or pet. Most other memories are also severely impacted if the memory doesn’t include the loved one. In some studies, people who are grieving suffer post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which also has distinct memory impact. Sometimes, conditions like PTSD lead to episodes of forgetfulness of even the most routine tasks.

Intense sorrow and pain

Complicated grief, also known as persistent complex bereavement disorder, leads to painful emotions that last so long and occur severely that one has trouble recovering from the loss and resuming one’s own life. The symptoms include intense sorrow and pain, focus on little else but the death, numbness or detachment, lack of trust in others, and inability to enjoy life.

It’s important to seek out help and social support when grief strikes, especially with functioning problems that don’t improve at least a year after the passing of the loved one.

Dr. Wayne Imber holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is a retired professor currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. Learn more on this page.

A guide for retired teachers: Enjoying life outside the classroom

posted Sep 17, 2018, 9:20 AM by Wayne Imber

Retirement. After years of toiling, finally, hardworking members of the workforce get to live their lives according to their own pace.  But for retired teachers like me, not being in the classroom is a huge change.  After decades of committing to educating yoging.  But no worries, I'll be sharing with you some points on how retired teachers can enjoy this new stage in life.

Use the "downtime" to reconnect with family and friends

 Life as a teacher can be hectic.  Sometimes, we have to skip important gatherings to prepare for our classes.  There are also days when you can't

 do anything because you need to finish checking papers.  Now that you're retired, spend time w

ith people you really cherish.  It doesn't have to be a grand gathering.  Catch up with

 a friend in a nearby coffee house.  Visit the library with your spouse.  Go for walks in the park with the children.  Before you know it, your days are full again.

 Take up a new hobby

 Now that you have lots of time for yourself, go and pursue the things you've always wanted to try.  In my case, I've always wanted to learn cooking.  If you've been missing the work you put in preparing for lectures and exams, a new hobby will give you something new to look forward to.  Some of my former co-teachers tried martial arts, pottery, photography, and other interesting activities. 

 Continue teaching

 You can volunteer in community centers, orphanages, or churches that have programs for children.    You can incorporate more games to the lessons and be more playful if you need to.  On the other hand, for the professors, you can share your expertise with college students who need a resource person for their studies.  You can also mentor post-grad students.  The best thing about this kind of effort is that there's no pressure to evaluate students and there are less of them too. 

 It's true that you can take the teacher out of the classroom.  But even in retirement, people like us will find ways to help others learn. 

Hello! My name is Wayne Imber. I'm a retired professor, having taught in many schools in Chicago for the past 30 years. I’m also an avid supporter of the American Red Cross. Visit this page for updates.  

Rethink how you cook macaroni and cheese

posted Aug 23, 2018, 1:49 AM by Wayne Imber   [ updated Aug 23, 2018, 1:50 AM ]

Mac and cheese is one of the most delightful pairings in the kitchen. From two-minute macs to something prepared for in an hour, it can be a staple comfort food or a snack that goes well with any movie or sitcom. If you like mac and cheese but are getting tired of the same thing, why not rethink how you cook macaroni and cheese? To help you with that, here are some amazing recipes. 

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Mac and cheese sandwiches 

Is it still mac and cheese if it’s sandwiched between two slices of toasted bread? Of course it is! What else can be added to this amazing sandwich? A couple of tomatoes and a lot of bacon, of course. This doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare and it can surely stuff your cravings. 

Lobster mac and cheese 

This is what happens when you combine five flavor-filled cheeses, penne pasta, and top it off with a lobster claw. While this meal couldn’t be considered for casual snacking, it’s a great dish to serve during parties. 

Mac and cheese waffles 

Everyone loves the crispy bits of baked macaroni so why not make the entire thing crispy? This surprising snack will surely delight your family, especially the kids. It takes a while to prepare this and your waffle iron might need some cleaning afterwards, but it’s definitely worth it. 

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Hello! My name is Wayne Imber and I’m a retired professor specializing in social and developmental psychology. For the past 30 years, I’ve taught in Chicago and throughout Arizona and Massachusetts. Now retired, I spend much of my time playing golf and experimenting in the kitchen with my wife. For more insightful culinary reads, visit this website.

A Terrifying Psychological Consequence Of Smoking

posted Jul 6, 2018, 2:57 AM by Wayne Imber   [ updated Jul 6, 2018, 2:58 AM ]

Smoking has long since been proven to be one of the most self-destructive passive habits a person can adopt. Millions have died from causes directly or indirectly related to smoking. It is an addictive habit that can destroy one’s body. That much is certain.

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However, did you know that there is one horrible mental effect that has been linked to smoking?

For years now, studies have shown a weak relationship between smoking and psychosis. But recent research has revealed that nicotine itself may be a trigger for schizophrenia. Scientists in King’s College London state that the abundance of dopamine brought on by tobacco, is a major cause of the development of mental illnesses.

Researchers who conducted the study observed the increase in dopamine levels, which is triggered by nicotine. Dopamine, which controls the reward and pleasure centers in the brain, if not balanced, may lead to a change in brain chemistry, and ultimately, schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects how a person sees reality. Patients suffering from schizophrenia are known to have an imbalance when it comes to brain chemistry, in which smoking is a significant contributor.

There are criticisms of the study, however, citing that nicotine actually alleviates symptoms of schizophrenia, not add to it. We can only expect more studies to be done on this in the future.

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What does it take to become a behavioral scientist?

posted May 18, 2018, 5:44 AM by Wayne Imber   [ updated May 18, 2018, 5:45 AM ]

Human behavior is one of the most difficult subjects to research and analyze. Studying how people act in response to stimuli is not as easy as it sounds because of the countless factors to consider. For behavioral scientists, though, they find it exciting because of their potential to use their expertise in contributing to other fields, such as health. 

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In Peru, a behavioral study was conducted on the handwashing habits of children in a particular community. There was a case wherein the said subjects were found to be more susceptible to diseases compared to those in other parts of the world. The research centered on observing and analyzing the children’s disinclination to using hand soap. The result was a targeted campaign that sought to educate people about how important it is to properly wash their hands. 

To be a behavioral scientist, one has to learn and master several skills, including the following: 

Experimental design: The field is all about experiments; behavioral scientists must be able to design and interpret theoretical and real-world tests. Their objective is to identify the right sample, conduct the experiment on them, and formulate a conclusion about the population from the said sample. 

Knowledge of psychological concepts: Without background knowledge on psychology, behavioral scientists would find it extremely difficult to gain insights about behavioral problems, let alone design an appropriate experiment to test hypotheses or determine phenomena. 

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Hey there! I’m Dr. Wayne Imber, a retired professor who had more than three decades of teaching in the field of psychology. I currently live in Cincinnati with my wife and daughter, who seems to be following in my footsteps, as she is taking up behavioral psychology. To read more about this discipline, subscribe to my blog.

Can a Regular Visit To The Driving Range Improve Your Golf Game?

posted May 3, 2018, 10:57 PM by Wayne Imber   [ updated May 3, 2018, 10:58 PM ]

Many golfers love visiting the driving range because they get to play without having to spend hours to complete 9 or 18 holes, it provides greater accessibility, and they do not have to pay as much as they would have to when they go to a golf course.
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Practicing at a driving range can also improve your golf skills and techniques, especially from those that offer lessons from professionals or that provide special technology, such as automatic golf-ball loaders.

However, it is important to be mindful of practice sessions at driving ranges. You have to consciously focus on fixing or improving certain aspects of your game.

Arguably the most important technique to check is alignment or the way you line up your body and dial your aim. The driving range is the best place to learn how to properly align because, on the golf course, there are not that many opportunities to do so.

Another vital skill to practice at the driving range is the grip. No single technique works for all golfers; for example, a stronger grip might do wonders for some players, but it might result in the opposite for others. While you can learn grip techniques on your own, a visit to the driving range allows you to experiment with minor changes in your grip to see which one suits you best.
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Hello, my name is Wayne Imber, a retired professor in psychology, who thought undergraduate and master’s students in Chicago, Arizona, and Massachusetts. Right now, I enjoy playing golf, which you can read more about when you visit this blog.

Top British Dishes To Try Out

posted Apr 12, 2018, 2:34 AM by Wayne Imber   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 2:35 AM ]

Whether you’re visiting the U.K. or just thinking of going English, here are some of the most popular and British cuisines to try out (and perhaps complement with tea). 

Fish and chips:  Nothing says English more than this good old, iconic dish. Prepare with mushy peas, and you’ll say “brilliant” with a Brit twang in no time. 

Shepherd’s pie:  This delectable treat is often made of lamb or beef with a crust of mashed potato.  It first appeared in 1877 and is sometimes called “cottage pie.”  Shepherd’s, of course, sounds more authentic and English.

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Full English breakfast:  To kickstart the morning, the complete British breakfast comes with eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, and toast.  

Haggis:  This is Scotland’s national dish, made even more famous by an ode to it written by Robert Burns in the late 1800s.  Its primary ingredients are minced sheep heart, liver, and lungs peppered with onion, oatmeal, and spices.  

Kidney pie:  This is traditional English pie is Brit comfort food at its finest.  Made with salted beef broth and thickened with flour or cornstarch.  Best tried with ale or stout.  

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Eccles cake: These are small, round cakes made with pastry and filled with currants.  They are named after the Greater Manchester town of the same name.

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The Search For And Development Of One’s Identity During Adolescence

posted Apr 9, 2018, 12:17 AM by Wayne Imber   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 12:19 AM ]

Adolescence is the time between childhood and adulthood when everything seems, for lack of a better word, confusing.  The transition is often a bumpy one, characterized by huge physical changes and even bigger emotional ones.  One of the most important things a person can do during adolescence is find himself.

The importance of identity formation in human development cannot be emphasized enough.  In fact, for a huge number of people, the process of forming an identity continues well into adulthood.  The foundations though of their identities can be found in childhood and adolescence.

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The natural way of forming an identity is rooted in experience.  Adolescents should be allowed to go through the good and bad of teenage life, from falling in love to heartbreak, to being bullied to winning a big competition.  This way, teenagers can see how strong and fragile they really are and can have a sense of who they are when faced with extreme emotions.  

It is also very important that adolescents don’t go through all these alone.  This bit of advice is recommended to families and friends since there will be times that teens will and do feel alone.  

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In order to form their identities, adolescents should be allowed to evaluate themselves and how they react to each experience.  This will serve as a guide when they get older, and when they face more serious situations in life.  What they remember from their teens will help people gauge what they are or aren’t prepared to do based on who they really are.

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