How to Build Healthy Friendships: Get a Growth Mindset

How to Build Healthy Friendships: Get a Growth Mindset

What is the secret to developing healthy friendships? What if you’re shy? What if there are problems in your friendship–is it a lost cause? Should you throw in the towel? The secret to healthy friendships is the secret to healthy relationships in general: having a growth mindset. We’ll cover how a growth mindset can help you create and maintain healthy friendships and help you deal with your shyness.

How to Cope with Rejection? A Growth Mindset Can Help

How to Cope with Rejection? A Growth Mindset Can Help

We all experience rejection in our lives, whether it be in a relationship, after a job interview, or in a social situation. Coping with rejection can be difficult: What’s the best mindset for learning how to cope with rejection? Whether you have a fixed or growth mindset affects the course of your personal relationships. Mindset helps explain: Why people work against their own interests in relationships Why relationships devolve into warfare Why some relationships succeed and others don’t We’ll cover how having a growth mindset helps you cope better with problems in your relationship and learn how to cope with

Appalachian Family: As Backward as Hillbilly Elegy Claims?

Appalachian Family: As Backward as Hillbilly Elegy Claims?

Is there a typical lifestyle of the Appalachian family? Are stereotypes about Appalachian families true? As both a work of social commentary and an autobiography, Hillbilly Elegy takes us through Vance’s formative years in an Appalachian family, where he witnesses one social dysfunction after another. We’ll cover these attributes of the Appalachian family and what Vance’s family life indicates about other families in the area.

JD Vance’s Mother: Bev Vance Nearly Destroyed Her Family

JD Vance’s Mother: Bev Vance Nearly Destroyed Her Family

What is JD Vance’s mother like in Hillbilly Elegy? How does she impact her life, and how does he escape the cycle of poverty and violence that traps her? JD’s mother had once been a promising student and seemed on track to rise up from the poverty and abuse that had surrounded her as a child. Unfortunately, she fell into the same cycle of dysfunctional that she had learned from her parents. She married her high school boyfriend and quickly found her life beset by the drama, fighting, and violence that had so defined her parents’ marriage. We’ll cover the

Are All Hillbilly Families Violent and Poor? (Hillbilly Elegy)

Are All Hillbilly Families Violent and Poor? (Hillbilly Elegy)

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis examines the spiritual and social decline of the Appalachian white working class through the story of the hillbilly family of its author, JD Vance. Growing up in a post-industrial Ohio town, Vance encountered the symptoms of community and familial dysfunction—drug and alcohol abuse, unstable marriages, lack of education, and evasion of hard work—that underscore the failing values of the culture from which he came. We’ll cover the ways in which Vance’s hillbilly family has shaped who he is today and how the stereotypes of the hillbilly family are, in

JD Vance’s Hillbilly Family: A Cycle of Poverty + Abuse

JD Vance’s Hillbilly Family: A Cycle of Poverty + Abuse

What is JD Vance’s family like in Hillbilly Elegy? How do they shape who he becomes, and why does he desire to escape the place where he grew up? Vance shares the story of his struggles growing up within this culture as a means of articulating a broader social and cultural critique of the Appalachian white working class. Through it all, however, Vance is undeniably proud of where he comes from and clearly loves his family very dearly. We’ll cover the three primary members of JD Vance’s family: Mamaw, Papaw, and Mom.