Why girls participate in mean behavior

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Why girls participate in mean behavior

Girls and mean behavior is a common experience. There are really four roles that girls play when they are in which each other. They may be the target. They may be the one who's being mean. They may be the bystander, and they may be the spoon who is stirring the pot. They may wear these multiple hats during the course of the day. One of the things we want to do is help girls recognize the roles that they are in at the moment, and the roles that their friends are in at the moment. Then to have some skills that they can build on once they have that awareness. If they feel like being mean, what's an alternative, to have a sense of empathy or compassion or a way of managing their anger that doesn't involve being mean. If they are a target, what can they do to take care of themselves?

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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