KEY FEATURES: A student-friendly writing style makes the content more approachable for readers to retain. Personal stories from fellows of the Association of Psychological Science (APS) convey to readers that even the most distinguished experts make mistakes that can be avoided through examination. Critical thinking questions give students the opportunity to reflect on preceding essays. Stories from all areas of psychology appeal to learners beyond subfields of psychology.

Losing Time

Charlotte J. Patterson

Sometimes, the worst mistakes we make are not things that we do but things that we fail to do. Certainly, that was true for me. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that I wish I had done the right thing sooner. Here is my story:

A few years into my career and happily settled into an academic position at a large university, my research was focused on issues in children’s social development. I was teaching child development and studying ways that families and peer groups affect children’s social and emotional growth. My research was getting published in top journals. It was challenging, and I enjoyed it—but something felt wrong. I kept wondering ...

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