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

Ninja Parenting

By Bruce Grierson on August 22, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
The Parenting Dilemma: are you a tennis player or a rock climber?

On Children...

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Rethinking Men
Children today are not what they used to be, even 50 years ago – because times and societies have changed, but then it was never very clear what they were anyway...
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Top 10 Parenting Tips

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in In Control
Parenting is the greatest trip on earth. I wish you the ride of your life.

Your Legacy After You Die: Will It Be Anger or Love?

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
When you die, you might leave a legacy of anger in the world that could be passed to your children. Or you could leave a legacy of love that is passed on as a gift to others.

25 Simple Self-Care Tools for Weary Parents

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Many parents are exhausted and overworked. These ideas offer ways to engage in self-care, renew your energy, tune into feelings, and strengthen relationships in 10 minutes or less.

Sticky, Tricky, and Icky: Unconscious Parent-Child Dynamics

Emotional abandonment may manifest in parental coldness, but when the dynamic is operative, both parent and young child believe it is they who are internally, irreparably flawed.

Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust, Part I

The Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust Series explores the impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood.

Help Rejecting, Complaining Victims of Troublesome Spouses

How should you respond to a friend who is always complaining to you about their mate, but rejects any suggestion you make to them about how to handle their relationship?

Teen Attitude, Teen Trouble

It’s hard to parent a teenager. It's even harder to be one. Here are eleven attitudes and actions that can help make it easier for you, and might even make it easier for your kid.

John Elder Robison’s “Switched On”

This latest book recounts Robison's participation in an early transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) study that hoped would help people with ASD better read emotions in others.

My Mother Has Disliked Me Since Childhood

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How To Deal With A Mother Who Is Full of Anger.

The Longest Ride Home

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in Social Lights
12 ways parents can cope with college move in

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Identify the Meanings of Silence

Silence between people who share a close relationship can have multiple meanings. Decoding them accurately is an act of love of great magnitude, permitting a loving response.

When the Church Harms Your Child

How do families survive clergy child sexual abuse?
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Do You Get Hearing Loss Exhaustion?

By Shari Eberts on August 09, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Does your hearing loss exhaust you? You are not alone.

One Parent Can Do Just as Good a Job as Two, Women Say

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in Living Single
A new national survey finds that women have mostly positive and open-minded views of the many different life paths that people pursue today.

Sometimes to Love Yourself, You Need a New Name

By Jennifer Haupt on August 08, 2017 in One True Thing
I’m changing only three letters, Carolyn to Caroline, which seems like a simple uneventful, thing to do, but to me, it feels like a lifting of a curse.

Playing on Team Relationship

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Moving forward through life with your teammate by your side seems ideal to me. Some couples may want more space, but I enjoy doing most everything with the one I love.

The Irony of Physician Suicide

Are physicians who die by suicide, and their families, subject to higher stigma?

Why You Didn't Get What You Needed From Narcissistic Parents

The effects of emotional neglect by narcissistic parents are particularly pernicious and difficult to acknowledge, let alone overcome.

Considerations on "The Big Sick"

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Life After 50
Does Kumail Nanjiani's relationship with his parents ring bells for you?

Trying to Help People Help Themselves Can Be Challenging

Never underestimate the degree to which our emotions influence our processing of information related to decision making.

The "Right" Way Is Your Way, Isn't It?

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on August 04, 2017 in Sex & Sociability
When a couple has differences in the way each has always done things it can be a topic of interesting discussion or a source of frequent conflict.

Three Signs Your Teen Needs Therapy

Red flags that demand attention.
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When Someone You Love Is an Alcoholic or Addict

Living with an addict can be a living hell. Trying to help can often make matters worse. Find out what you can do to make a difference.

The Fear Behind Geriatric Spats

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Complicated Love
Are spousal spats about health, weight and well-being getting you down? Here's what you need to know about the fear that is fueling your fights and some ideas for making peace.

Are Dog-Loving Millennials Driving House Prices Up?

More millennials are listing dogs as the biggest factor in their home buying decisions, ahead of marriage and children.
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Is It the Silent Treatment or Estrangement?

Five ways to know if you’re estranged from someone, or they’re giving you the silent treatment.

How to Deal With Your Partner’s Ex

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on July 31, 2017 in Me Before We
Encouraging communication between your partner and their ex creates a system that has significantly less hostility than would otherwise be the case.