In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there Let’s play happy families Our early environment has a long-standing impact on our self-esteem, finds research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Ulrich Orth at the University of Bern reports evidence that, on average, the better the quality of a person’s home environment between the ages of 0 and 6, meaning warm, responsive parenting; cognitive stimulation; and a safe, organised physical environment, the higher their self-esteem in adulthood. The data came from nearly […]

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