A hot-off-the-press study shows that attitudes about BPD (and borderline patients) is more complex than you might think. Among other things, social workers and psychiatrists are positive about treatment while staff nurses still have low empathy.
So by now, we all know that the miracle of motherhood can be exhilarating, overwhelming and challenging all at the same time. Postpartum women often report how incredibly guilty they feel when they confess some of the things they are thinking. "why did I even have this baby?" "I miss my old life" "my life will never be the same again." And so forth. Read More
The Bronx Zoo misplaced an Egyptian cobra. I read about it in the LA Times. This isn’t the first errant zoo animal, so why would a west coast paper carry news about an east coast zoo faux pas? Because it became a story. Read More
Sometimes a food product encapsulates all that's wrong with feeding children in America. With the children's vitamin called SmartyPants, it starts with the name. Do you want your child to mouth off? As a food writer, I get to see lots of product promotions, but Smarty-Pants Gummy Multi-Vitamins caught my eye. Read More
In recent years large sums of money have been paid for the naming rights of professional sports stadiums. But MLS team Sporting Kansas City announced in March that their new state of the art facility would be called "Livestrong Sporting Park." How much money did they receive for the naming rights? None. Read More
Sometimes the wheels of justice grind to a halt. Earlier this month the judge presiding over the Jared Loughner case ordered a competency to stand trial evaluation.Loughner is the young man from Tucson, Arizona who is charged with shooting the Democratic Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, wounding fourteen others, and killing six people. The shootings occurred on January 8th. Read More
If you think that canned and packaged food isn't so bad for you, think again.A study by the Breast Cancer Fund and the Silent Spring Institute published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that food packaging is a major source of hormone-disrupting chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and plastic softener DEHP, and that a fresh food diet can reduce levels Read More
There is no magic formula to make you a "positive but firm" parent but only practice. The more you set healthy rules, positive expectations and clear boundaries - your child grows up feeling stronger on the inside and more capable to succeed. Read More
Every April, economic and financial matters come to the fore of millions of Americans' minds, as tax-filing time rolls around. Accordingly, I devote my April column to college students' financial literacy and behavior. Read More
Curious about just what 'tracking wonder' means? How to practice it? Why you'd want to?
Portland Helmich, of Kripalu Perspectives, interviewed me recently on just these very questions and more. Read More
You know who you are.
You’re thrilled with every session, never raise a concern with the therapy or therapist and are careful to point out how helpful it all is. You’re the World’s Best Therapy Client. What could possibly be wrong with that? Read More
We learn to explain the things that happen to us in this world primarily by listening to and observing how others explain the world. Our "explanatory style," as Marty Seligman, Ph.D. has labeled it, can determine whether our perspective is one of being an optimist or a pessimist. Read More
Well, after weeks of hearing about it and its doom-y and gloomy message, I finally did it--I read Academically Adrift. For those of you who are not denizens of college or university campuses, AA (as I will refer to it) is the contemporary Closing of the American Mind. Read More
I was truly saddened to read the recent findings that showed more adolescent males are dying than ever. Most of the adolescent deaths stem from reckless behavior, whether car accidents or violence. Suicide was another major factor, accounting for a quarter to a third of all deaths in 10-24 year-old young men. Read More
For many years, forensic science has played a prominent role in criminal trials. Experts for both the prosecution and the defense routinely come to court and tell jurors about all kinds of evidence: DNA, drug analysis, fingerprints, writing samples, tool-marks, bite marks, hair samples and many others. That makes sense, doesn't it? Read More
Let's explore the psychology behind your choice to retire (or not), and the impact it can have on your health and well-being. The key questions here are: Will you be happier retired or working? Will you be psychologically and physically healthier retired or working? Are you psychologically prepared to retire? Read More
I've put myself in a very complicated situation. My best friend dated a man for several years that I did not approve of. It took me a long time to accept and tolerate him. Eventually they broke up but not before he wedged himself into our group of friends. Read More
Mindfulness is popular and a very old practice. Science is now unpacking the benefits of mindfulness across many life areas. The idea of being present just where you are and just as you are is a liberating notion. And, it is also difficult to do. Minds don't like being in the present. They prefer to dwell in the past and the future. Read More
I have been pleased and gratified by the enthusiastic response to my article on addressing conflict between children in a variety of settings (3 Steps That Transform Sibling Conflict into Sibling Camaraderie). "Part 2" presents more tips and suggestions for making the process effective. Read More