Hits & Misses – 2009/7/14

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  1. Linda Gorman says:

    Finally, a study suggesting that letting young teenage girls spend too much time together may not a good thing.

    Young teen age girls who are “co-ruminating” about each other’s problems are probably chewing on something. Which makes them “feel fat.” It therefore follows that hanging out with other teens, also known as “co-ruminating,” would be “depressogenic under certain circumstances.”

    These researchers also conclude that co-rumination correlates positively with “romantic experiences” for “early adolescent” girls.

    Early female adolescent “romantic experiences” generally end badly, with lots of drama. The mere thought of early adolescent “romantic experience” makes many sensible parents want to hide in the closet or, alternatively, lock their daughter in one.

    To the extent that “co-rumination” intensifies the drama, via text, cell, internet, and overnights, no wonder “co-rumination” is “positively correlated with depressive symptoms.”

  2. Larry C. says:

    Let’s have more of these everything-you-think-you-know-is-wrong reports.

  3. Devon Herrick says:

    A recent Wall Street Journal article (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203739404574286101995111512.html) suggested that maybe men would benefit from commiserating with male friends — something men don’t tend to do. One man interviewed for the article went as far as to suggest if he had shared more information about his failing marriage (and the fact he was having an affair), his male friends might have urged him to drop the mistress and direct the effort into saving his marriage. (Although that would have been good advice, it’s doubtful he would have heeded it.) A woman interviewed for the article admitted she complained about her marriage so much to friends and family that they ostracized her husband – which made patching things up even harder.