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How Does Colour Affect Our Childhood’s?

How Does Colour Affect Our Childhood’s?

As babies and young children when we all vaguely look like potatoes with eyes, our genders are usually signified via which colour toys we are given: blue or pink. Pink is seen as significantly more feminine within society, whereas blue is associated with various different qualities and is used in logos for big businesses and in uniforms: representing success, trust, authority.

As well as gender-coordinated colours, the different types of toys may also be solidifying harmful gender roles in children’s minds. In a photo series named ‘The Pink and Blue Project‘ inspired by these ideas, South Korean photographer JeongMee Yoon took photos of children from the around the world with their possessions.

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Now only do these children own about five thousand more things than I have in my entire life, there is also the undeniable fact that boys own blue stuff, and girls get pink but it’s the type of toys that is worrying. ‘Toys for girls are pink, purple, or red, and are related to dress up, cooking, and domestic affairs,’ says Yoon. ‘Most toys for boys are made from the different shades of blue and are related to robots, industry, science, & dinosaurs.’

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                          Having once been a child myself, I know that I played with whatever I was given and didn’t really have a preference between playing with trains, lego, dolls (be they Barbie or Spiderman) or teddies. In fact, my brother and I shared all of our toys. Why is it that in modern society we still buy little girls toys that will help them within a domestic environment, but do not buy little boys the same? Is there an assumption that boys will not need to cook or clean as adults? And why are little boys bought science related toys whilst girls are bought slightly creepy baby dolls, other than the fact one of the sexes is born with a womb? Let us know your opinions!

                          Featured photo credit: The Pink and Blue Project via amazon.com

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                          Last Updated on January 18, 2019

                          7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                          7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                          Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

                          But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

                          If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

                          1. Limit the time you spend with them.

                          First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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                          In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

                          Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

                          2. Speak up for yourself.

                          Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

                          3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

                          This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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                          But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

                          4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

                          Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

                          This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

                          Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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                          5. Change the subject.

                          When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

                          Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

                          6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

                          Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

                          I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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                          You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

                          Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

                          7. Leave them behind.

                          Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

                          If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

                          That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

                          You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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