All About Caregiving

In a 2004 national survey, the AARP found that 44.4 million Americans are providing unpaid care to an adult, and the estimated annual value is $257 billion. To do so is a beautiful act of love and devotion, but also a great drain on one's physical and psychological resources.

Recent posts on Caregiving

Hospital Madness & Farewell Dad

By Eliezer Sobel on November 28, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
We had discovered a little-known secret about most hospitals and doctors: they will essentially do anything you ask, relieving them of the burden of having to make decisions.

Co-Parenting as Addiction Prevention

Too many parents have lost and need help to retrieve their primary connection with their children.

When the Fighting Stops

Irrelationship is a jointly created state of insanity made visible in the mutual acting-out ‎of the anxiety of being vulnerable, intimate, empathetic and invested in one another.

Applying The Scientific Method To Charity

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Want to make sure your generous gifts make a real difference? Here are some ways to do so!
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The Healing Power of Laughter in Death and Grief

If humor is a part of living, than why should it not be a part of dying?

Our Early Emotional Life

…we examined our earliest feelings and how they work. This month we take a brief look at some of the conceptual issues and questions surrounding our early emotional life.

If Single People Ruled, Here’s What Would Change

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in Living Single
If single people wrote the laws and policies of the land, we would see greater inclusiveness and fewer people left vulnerable.

The Role of the Parent, Caregiver, and Teacher

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Alison Gopnik.

We Need a New Word for Stepparents

By Wendy Paris on October 25, 2016 in Splitopia
The fact that a stepparent is not a legal relationship highlights the role of strong emotional bonds within a blended family structure. Three tips for building good bonds.

The Crisis of the Ailing Toxic Mother: Caretake or Run?

By Peg Streep on October 24, 2016 in Tech Support
Much has been written about the "Sandwich" generation-but the daughter of an unloving or abusive mother faces a different, more complicated choice without easy answers...
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Biology Determines Every Thought, Feeling, and Behavior

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Cui Bono
Psychologists say behavior results from the interaction of biology and environment, yet argue about their relative importance. Read why the importance of biology is always 100%.

But I Didn't Mean to Let You Down!

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Trust
When we are over-committed, at work or at home, we can become untrustworthy despite our best intentions.

Animal Altruism?

Why do humpback whales go out of their way to save the lives of seals? In this post, we discuss what could motivate such incredible behavior.

When the Perks of Love Interfere With Love

It is sometimes the case that the gifts of love become more important (and are certainly more safe from the risks and anxieties of love) than love itself.

Living Mindfully With Chronic Pain and Illness

One of the most useful applications of mindfulness is to help people accept and adapt to uncontrollable circumstances in their lives like chronic pain and illness.

What I Would Change Were My Health Restored Tomorrow

In my last piece, I wrote about what I wouldn’t change if I regained my health. Here’s what I would change...

Elder Orphans: A Real Problem or a New Way to Scare Singles?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Living Single
Elder orphans: a serious concern, a scare story to put uppity singles in their place, and a term that should be put to rest

Recovery Is Not Immune From the Effects of Trauma

My work as a clinical psychologist has led me to understand that trauma may account for the lions’ share of recoverable substance abuse and behavioral health disorders.

Making Better Medical Decisions

By Haider Warraich M.D. on September 26, 2016 in On Modern Medicine
Modern healthcare can come with a dizzying array of options, many of which could mean different destinations.

Who Looks After You?

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on September 25, 2016 in Quite Queerly
Psychotherapy offers relational support that is crucial to our emotional wellbeing, no matter who or how old we are.

Get the Red Out

Redness of the skin concerns people, but may lead patients to find causes that weren't involved or stop treaments that were actually working.

What We Know About Aging Americans and Their Caregivers

As the U.S. population ages, older adults are less likely to live in poverty, but more likely to require care.

7 Reasons Every New Parent Should Read Welcome to the Club

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
Raquel D'Apice's new baby milestone book 'Welcome to the club' will not only entertain new parents it will be therapeutic for them. Here’s why:

What I Wouldn’t Change If My Health Were Restored Tomorrow

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 19, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
I’ve lived with chronic pain and illness for over 15 years. This is the first of two pieces on the subject of what I would and what I would not change should I regain my health.

Age as a Factor in Sexual Orientation and Attraction

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Finally Out
Sexuality research focusing exclusively on genital sex to the exclusion of attraction, affection and affiliation falls short in our understanding of sexual orientation or identity.

Feminism Is Good for Your Heart

By Karlyn Crowley Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Woman Power
Women are dying from broken hearts because systems are broken not because women themselves aren’t doing enough. We need feminism to help us diagnose the problem.

Protective Features Curb Abuse in Polyamorous Relationships

This blog explores the protective features that can inhibit abuse in polyamorous families like the presence of an observer, outside perspectives, allies, and more resources.

Watching A Bird Die

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in Listen Up!
Many of us avoid the topic of dying. Spending some time with death can deepen our engagement with life.

What Determines Our Longevity?

Understanding the determinants of our longevity will help us understand where to place our attention.

A Is For Aunt

By Susan Hooper on August 28, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
Since 2003, I have lived four miles away from my two nephews. During that time, they grew from boys to young men—and they transformed my life.