Stuart Shanker

About Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology at York University and the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. Stuart has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the US, and in countries around the world.Dr. Shanker also blogs for Psychology Today
29 02, 2016

The Self-Reg View of Obesity

By | 2018-01-26T14:24:09+00:00 February 29th, 2016|

Click here to download this article as a formatted PDF. I don’t want to write a blog about statistics. We all know that the obesity problem in children is very serious and that the number of obese youth is positively alarming. I want to talk instead about the suffering that [...]

18 02, 2016

The Self-Reg View of Risky Behaviour

By | 2018-01-26T14:22:47+00:00 February 18th, 2016|

Click here to download this article as a formatted PDF. In our very first webinar in the ‘Epidemic of Epidemics’ series we looked at the “anxiety epidemic”; today I want to look at the opposite end of this spectrum, the epidemic of “manic” children and youth. Kids who are chronically [...]

3 02, 2016

The Self-Reg View of Depression

By | 2019-10-02T14:25:35+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|

Click here to download this article as a formatted PDF. I had such a thought-provoking experience the other day. Friends had asked me to talk to their young teen about some trouble he’d gotten into at school over, of all things, his refusal to finish a science project. His teacher [...]

15 01, 2016

The Self-Reg View of Aging

By | 2018-01-26T14:19:39+00:00 January 15th, 2016|

Click here to download this article as a formatted PDF. Mine was a family in which the fifth commandment played out every single Sunday. My parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins would all gather in my Grandmother’s kitchen to eat, argue, joke and gossip. She ruled over her extended family with [...]

3 01, 2016

The Self-Reg View of Music

By | 2018-01-26T14:18:54+00:00 January 3rd, 2016|

Click here to download this article as a formatted PDF. In Houseboat Chronicles, Jake MacDonald describes how, back in the early 1960s, his sixth grade class were made to listen to Miss Roma Harpell on the radio, taking them on an imaginative journey intended to get them calmly focused and [...]

21 12, 2015

The Self-Reg View of Mindfulness (Part 3)

By | 2018-01-26T14:17:50+00:00 December 21st, 2015|

Click here to download this article as a formatted PDF. Read the previous posts in this series here: Part 1 and Part 2. In the last blog we looked at how the classical view of “self-control” is the perfect example of what Ellen Langer had in mind when she wrote about [...]

14 12, 2015

The Self-Reg View of Mindfulness (Part 2)

By | 2018-01-26T14:16:54+00:00 December 14th, 2015|

Click here to download this article as a formatted PDF. Read the other posts in this series: Part 1 and Part 3 My own preferred way of self-regulating is running through the woods. I experience what Allan Sillitoe described in his classic short story ‘The loneliness of the long distance runner’ (and [...]

10 12, 2015

The Self-Reg View of Mindfulness (Part 1)

By | 2018-01-26T14:16:06+00:00 December 10th, 2015|

Click here to download this article as a formatted PDF. Our idea for this blog series was to respond to questions coming from our online communities; and no question has been asked more often than to clarify the Self-Reg view of mindfulness. Understandably, as there is a fair bit of [...]

2 12, 2015

The Self-Reg View of Literacy

By | 2018-01-26T14:15:16+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|

Click here to download this article as a formatted PDF. I just read a study by Pearson UK’s educational research team reporting that, beginning at the age of 11, nearly all children today stop reading for pleasure. Reading has been vanquished by the likes of online games, streamed videos, social [...]

22 11, 2015

The Self-Reg View of Kids Gone Wild

By | 2018-01-26T14:14:07+00:00 November 22nd, 2015|

Click here to download this article as a formatted PDF. The title of today’s blog is intended to refer, not to the abhorrent series of videos of a similar name, but to John Ratey and Richard Manning’s wonderful new book, Go Wild: Free your body and mind from the afflictions [...]

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