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15th April 2013

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Critical Thinking FTW? The Fate of Two Uchihas (Naruto)

NARUTO's Sasuke Uchiha and Madara Uchiha, both walking different paths due to critical thinking or lack thereof.

In life, we all need goals to strive for. Yet what happens when one of your goals suddenly shifts. Do you let your mindset shift or do you decide to keep going in the direction you wanted? What if your original direction brought harm?

In Chapter 627 of Naruto, Sasuke Uchiha makes arguably the biggest decision in his young life so far. When confronting the previous four Hokages of Konoha Village, he learns about the true origins of how Konoha was formed. Sasuke then decides to go from being a criminal of Konoha to becoming one of its protectors. His decision and also the past behavior of Madara Uchiha makes you think how much emphasis there needs to be made on developing teenagers with critical thinking skills.

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Tagged: NARUTOMasashi KishimotomangaShonen JumpUchiha ClanSasuke UchihaMadara UchihaHarashima SenjuItachi Uchihapsychologymanga characterpsychology of critical thinkingcritical thinkingemotional intelligence

14th February 2013

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When Prodigies Become Snakes - Orochimaru (NARUTO)

Naruto's former child prodigy gone mad and snake himself, Orochimaru.

"I refuse…to let this happen! I am Orochimaru! I am immortal! I will not die here! Destined to discover the true meaning behind everything! Destined to take control of everything in this world!!"

Don’t worry, 2013 is your year.

With the Year of the Snake now upon us, wouldn’t you say it’s about time to take a look at Naruto’s own insane yet lovable snake himself, Orochimaru? He is a character that went from a former child prodigy to a psychopathic scientist. In some ways, Orochimaru can be similar to how adults who were gifted at a young age can go down misguided paths due to a lack of proper attention as they get older.

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Tagged: NarutoOrochimaruLunar New Year 2013mangaMasashi KishimotoShonen Jumppsychologymanga charactermanga psychologyYear of the Snakepsychology of child prodigiesNaruto mangacharacteristics of snakes

30th January 2013

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Believe It! x2 - A Renewed Interest in Naruto

Cover to volume 63 of Masashi Kishimoto's NARUTO.

Ever find it funny how a manga series that you’ve ignored for a while comes back to get your attention once again? This just happens to be the case with yours truly and NARUTO. Are ninjas really that exotic to a Westerner like myself?

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Tagged: NarutoMasashi KishimotoShonen JumpNaruto mangaRock Lee's Springtime of YouthNaruto SDmangapsychologypsychology of redemptionpsychology of humormanga charactercharacter psychology

25th January 2013

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Using Manga Stories as Psychotherapy

Hinata Hyuga helps Naruto escape despair with "psychotherapy" and helps him regain his strength in Chapter 615

If there’s one interesting habit that I have, it’s that I tend to treat certain emotional moments in manga as real-life stories. In other words, I share them with real folks. A recent article I read, "Who Am I? The Heroes of our Minds", went into detail on the power of telling stories in psychotherapy. Sometimes, therapists use narrative to get their points across to people when simple advice doesn’t register. So I ask you all if you have shared any manga stories to help inspire others.

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Tagged: psychotherapymangamanga storiesmanga stories as therapymanga psychologypsychologyheroes of the mindpsychology of heroesNaruto

30th November 2012

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Blush Your Heart Out - Hinata Hyuga (NARUTO)

Hinata Hyuga, the quiet femme fatale of Naruto.

 ”In my eyes, you’re a proud failure! When I look at you, I get an intense feeling in my heart.” 

You ever had moments where you thought blushing was bad? Instead of thinking of the embarrassment it might give you, think about looking at it as a way to be a more positive person. The quiet yet powerful femme fatale of Masashi Kishimoto’s NARUTO, Hinata Hyuga, certainly did so. Her character (and also immense popularity) provides an insight on what makes blushing one of the most unique expressions done by human beings.

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Tagged: NarutoNaruto UzumakiMasashi KishimotoShonen JumpHinata Hyugablushingpsychology of blushingblushing is good for youmangaanimemanga psychologymanga characterpsychology

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