Understanding Family Dynamics

Can't we all get along? That's a tall order when your limelight has been snatched away by your adorable new little brother. Family: You love them and you hate them. There are so many things to consider when you think of family: there's birth order, rivalries, the only child, to name a few.

Recent posts on Family Dynamics

I'm a Teen Mom With Mother Problems

How to deal with a controlling mother

When It Comes to Marriage, Is All Conflict Bad?

Are you worried that your marriage is in trouble because you are fighting with your spouse? In fact, some conflict can actually be good, and avoiding conflict can be even worse.

Harvard Study Pegs How Parental Substance Abuse Impacts Kids

A new Harvard study, published today, reports that 1 in 5 children grows up in a home with parental substance abuse. The study offers advice on how to break the cycle of addiction.

Family Discussions About Dysfunction: Use of Disclaimers

In discussing repetitive dysfunctional patterns with important family members in order to improve relationships, one helpful strategy is the use of certain introductory statements.

Are You Your Millennial Child’s New Spouse?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Singletons
More young adults are moving home than are getting married or living on their own. Here are 6 ways to the smooth transition.

Dad's Psychological Well-Being Impacts His Kids' Development

New research illuminates the impact a father's stress levels and mental health have on his children.
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Should You Stay or Go?

Is he or she right for you? Not a simple question. Let's consider what went wrong - and if it's fixable.

Mental Illness, Violence, and Family Homicides

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 11, 2016 in Saving Normal
Mental illness is not responsible for most violent crimes, but is a much bigger factor in the 4000 family homicides that occur each year.

A Case of the Trumps

Leon Neyfakh talks to psychotherapist, Mark O’Connell, LCSW, about how Trump is making his way into his clients’ psyches.
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What's Wrong With Giving Too Much in a Relationship

Is your constant giving of support taking too much out of you?

Is It Possible to Invest Equally in All of Your Children?

Anyone with more than one child knows the balancing act of trying to treat your kids the same. Is it wasted effort?

How Divorce Is Changing for Our Neighbors Up North

By Wendy Paris on July 05, 2016 in Splitopia
New article in Canada's largest newspaper looks at Canadian couples who co-parent cooperatively, celebrate holidays together, and even help out with each other’s laundry.

Guilty of the Sin of Outdoing

Some families are truly happy to have their child outdo them. But others may resent our success.

6 Talks Every Couple Needs to Have Before Marriage

By Peg Streep on July 01, 2016 in Tech Support
You and your partner should tackle these six important topics before you tie the knot.

Independence Day

America truly is the land of the free and the home of the brave. This year as the fireworks light up the sky, remember the reason we celebrate this special day in our history.

4 Ways to Breathe New Life into a Stale Relationship

When relationships start to get a bit too routine and boring, it's time to spice them up. Follow these four steps to get things moving.

Why Marriages Are So Difficult to Sustain

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on June 29, 2016 in The Prime of Life
Don't blame yourself for all of your marriage's problems; the stresses and tensions are deep-seated.

Mending the Eating Disorder Fence: Neither This nor That

Attachment issues in children and adults are precursors or precipitating factors in the development of eating disorders. What does this mean?

The Remembrance of Things Past

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in A Sideways View
How much do you remember from your childhood? Why is it that some very specific memories are so clear and fresh and that so much is forgotten?

Growing Up With a Disabled Mother Made Me a (Better) Person

By Emily S. Beitiks on June 27, 2016 in The Age of Biotech
Do you assume having a disability is a burden on family and friends? Think again.

How Do Toxic Relationships Affect Health?

If relationships came with nutritional labels, would you think twice about getting involved?

6 Ways to Talk with Your Kids About Money

Children learn about money and how to handle it, wisely or not, from watching and listening to their parents.

5 Keys to Handling Judgmental and Opinionated People

Most of us come across judgmental and opinionated people at some points in our lives. Here are five tips on how to effectively handle those who insist on imposing their views...

The Best Father's Day Gift

The Father's Day gift that keeps on giving and may even prevent his being taken away by bad health that he could have prevented.

Exploring Feelings

We are born with specific innate feelings, which combine with each other and life experiences to form our complex emotional world.

Not Your Usual Father's Day Present

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 17, 2016 in How To Do Life
More meaningful ways to say "Happy Father's Day" than a tie.

Youngest, Only Children and Daughters at Risk for Obesity?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in Singletons
Studies find the likelihood of a child being overweight is related to birth order, gender, or the absence of siblings. Are the studies “fat” with flaws?

Otherfathering and Men in Polyamorous Families

Polyaffectivity offers men a way to connect with each other and stay connected with kids, even if no longer having sex with the kids' mother. Otherfathering provides connections.

To Reverse Engineer Home Grown Terrorism, Nip Hate in Bud

Hate, nothing to lose and paradise if you kill and die for an extremist group is nearly impossible to stop. But if you intervene before hurt turns to hate, you have a chance.