January is national mentoring month.

So what does it mean to be a mentor? What does it mean to have a mentor?

Let’s look at a pop culture reference for an example of a great mentor and what they mean. The first one that comes to mind is Harry Potter and Professor Dumbledore throughout the Harry Potter books and films.

Dumbledore guides Harry as he grows up…

It’s no secret that many people want to be accepted and belong. We are social creatures, and while our motivations for acceptance and belonging are complicated, they are frequently developed through navigating invisible social rules concerning what is acceptable or not.

Social pressures often encourage us to conform to social norms and can be a double-edged sword.

For example, social forces can influence us to act…

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