Faculty Speaker Series: David Rudek, Professor of Psychology

"Practice Doesn't Make Perfect: Being Liberated by Knowing Children's Limits"


Date: Jan. 25, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.

Perry Theatre in the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley Center for Cultural Enrichment  |  349 S. Gladstone Ave., Aurora

Narcissism is on the rise. Many argue this trend is rooted in the often unrealistic expectations of modern caregivers who believe the potential for their children’s success is unlimited. Over this same period of time, the public’s appreciation for the contribution of genetics to human behavioral traits has increased dramatically. So how is it that we believe that innate characteristics are responsible for many individual outcomes while simultaneously embracing the idea that anyone can be anything they want to be? How might this paradoxical thinking contribute to growing narcissistic tendencies over the last 30 years? This lecture presents research that challenges the conventional notion that “practice makes perfect” when it comes to children’s success and provides a framework for thinking about the role that caregivers can substantively play in positive developmental outcomes.