Healthy Minds in a Digital World with Rachael Katz MS, ED, Helen Shwe Hadani Ph.D. & Amy Adams MSW, PPSC

Original Air Date Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Social connection is fundamental to the human experience. Our minds are incentivized to connect with other humans by the release of warm and fuzzy pleasure-inducing chemicals that encourage us to communicate with and touch other humans. Mimicking this strategy is how technology companies commandeer our bodies and minds to keep us transfixed on their product. Unfortunately, their products only feed us half of the normal biological reward and it can negatively impact our mental health.

To decode the intense draw technology has for humans, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with three experts in emotional and social learning skills about how to create and maintain a healthy mind in a digital world. Rachael Katz and Helen Hadani describe the theory of mind and other findings from the book they co-authored, The Emotionally Intelligent Child: Effective Strategies for Parenting Self-Aware, Cooperative, and Well-Balanced Kids. And, the co-founder of the non-profit Healthy Screen Habits, Amy Adams, shares how technology hooks us, why teenagers are the most susceptible to the draw, and how a family tech plan can maintain balance in the home.

Rachael Katz & Helen Shwe Hadani — Raising Healthy Minds in Children & Adults:

  • A child’s theory of mind journey begins at a very young age. [2:37]
  • In the book, The Emotionally Intelligent Child: Effective Strategies for Parenting Self-Aware, Cooperative, and Well-Balanced Kids, Helen Hadani researches a child’s development. [9:05]
  • An emotional approach differs for all human beings yet there are some approaches all cultures share. [11:05]
  • We should never expect ourselves or our children to be perfect. [16:16]
  • The correlation between executive function and social behaviors for learning and future success. [19:06]
  • How children develop problem-solving and language skills. [21:12]
  • In their book, the MIND framework helps parents and children interact with each other without judgment. [26:28]

Helen Hadani, guest of episode about healthy minds in a digital world with Amy Adams MSW, PPSC, and Rachael Katz MS, EDHelen Shwe Hadani, Ph.D., is currently a fellow at the Brookings Institution where she conducts policy-focused research on the benefits of playful learning in both formal and informal contexts. Prior to joining Brookings, she served as the director of research at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

 

 

 

Rachael Katz, guest of episode about healthy minds in a digital world with Amy Adams MSW, PPSC, and Helen HadaniRachael Katz, MS, Ed, teaches social and emotional learning skills to parents and children. Previously, Rachael was head of the Discovery School at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, head of social and emotional learning for Early Years at Dulwich College Beijing, and an elementary classroom teacher. She has created and written television for Nick Jr. and Radio Television Hong Kong, and consulted for educational programs at Children’s Television Workshop.

Book: The Emotionally Intelligent Child: Effective Strategies for Parenting Self-Aware, Cooperative, and Well-Balanced Kids

 

Helen Shwe Hadani
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Rachael Katz & Helen Shwe Hadani on LinkedIn

Amy Adams — Healthy Minds in a Digital World:

  • Amy Adams describes how some technology is designed to draw us in and keep our minds hooked. [33:56]
  • Amy stresses the importance of always choosing relationships over devices. [41:35]
  • Identity formation and the need for social connection explain why teenage brains are drawn into video games and social media. [45:42]
  • Technology offers us superficial human connection without the richness of touch or bonding hormones. [47:34]
  • A family tech plan can create technology boundaries to help us focus on each other. [52:02]

Amy Adams, guest of episode about healthy minds in a digital world with  Rachael Katz MS, ED, & Helen Shwe Hadani Ph.D.Amy Adams, MSW, PPSC, is the co-founder of the non-profit Healthy Screen Habits, which is dedicated to educating and empowering families to develop healthy habits with technology use. Amy is a credentialed school social worker and has worked with children of all ages in schools. She currently works at a high school providing counseling services to special education students. She also serves as a trustee on her local Board of Education. Amy has a Master’s in Social Work from UCLA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and four children.

 

Healthy Screen Habits
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Healthy Screen Habits on Facebook
@healthyscreenhabits on Instagram

This episode of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio about healthy minds in a digital world is sponsored by:

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life A boot camp manual for greater emotional fitness. Happiness waits for no one and sometimes we all need support. What is getting in the way of your happiness right now? 

HFactor: Where is Your Heart? — Lisa’s documentary film explores the journey of human happiness. Emotions are contagious and happiness is a universally desired state. We tend to forget we all have the freedom to be happy or the liberty to be miserable each day.

“It's hard at whatever age we are in our adult years to always feel like we can behave 100% properly.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We need to look at our mobile devices as tools.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Theory of mind is understanding your own mental states and those of others.” @HelenSHadani on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Our child is always looking to the caregivers around them for their opinions and beliefs.” @HelenSHadani on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Body language and the messages you send without using words are really important.” @HelenSHadani on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“There is no perfect parent or perfect child.” @HelenSHadani on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Research shows that executive function is a powerful predictor over IQ of children's success in school and beyond.” @HelenSHadani on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“It is important to let children solve problems for themselves.” @HelenSHadani on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Older children understand they can hide their feelings from others.” @HelenSHadani on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Some technology is designed on purpose to suck us in and keep us there.” @HealthyScreenHa on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Sometimes we treat our phones as if they are our spouse.” @HealthyScreenHa on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We are letting our autonomy go and we are kind of glad to be giving it away because we think it is benefiting us but in the long-term, we are serving it instead of it serving us.” @HealthyScreenHa on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Teenagers developing brains seek novelty.” @HealthyScreenHa on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Teenagers place a huge importance on social connection. It's never more important than it is than in the teenage years.” @HealthyScreenHa on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The loss of real-time social connection is one of the things impacting our kids' mental health.” @HealthyScreenHa on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet

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