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


Cognitive Healing from Childhood Abuse

One challenge of recovery from childhood abuse lies in this cognitive dissonance between what an abused child comes to believe as true and the truth of the broader world.

Single Fathers Have Alarmingly High Mortality Rates

A new study shows that single fathers are twice as likely to die early that single mothers or couples parents. The real problem may lie in the hidden side of the equality wars.

Improve Your Relationship In Twenty Minutes!

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on February 14, 2018 in Quite Queerly
The greatest challenge for each half of a couple, is to walk in the emotional shoes of our partner. Here's a short and sweet tool to help you do just that.

A Valentine's Day Love Story: Husbands and Dads

By John-Manuel Andriote on February 13, 2018 in Stonewall Strong
Fighting for the equal right to legal marriage was hard. It was nearly as hard to fight the internalized stereotypes to become parents. Along the way, they found their resilience.

Involved In-Laws: A Blessing or a Curse?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Singletons
Where do you draw the line between indulgent and helpful in-laws? Would you reject meals delivered five times a week?

Your Core Negative Beliefs Are a Lie

The practice of mindfulness is an attempt to identify the core negative beliefs that each of us holds, and then to reject them and challenge them.
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We Must Break the Stigma of Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts on February 12, 2018 in Life With Hearing Loss
We must break the stigma of hearing loss. It is a matter of life and mind — your mind. What can you do to help?

Parents, Cyber-Sex, and Children

By Mark Banschick M.D. on February 12, 2018 in The Intelligent Divorce
Cyber-sex isn't going away, and children are naturally curious about their parents. Something has to give, and sadly, it can be a child's innocence.

What Grandparents Need to Know

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on February 06, 2018 in Life After 50
Are you surprised at what your children tell you is bad for the kids?
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It's All Relative...Sometimes

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Emptying The Nest
Haunted by family ghosts that interfere with your changing relationship with your young adult? Being alert to the presence of the past lays the groundwork for a better future

Welcome to the Village

By Sara Gluck, PhD, LCSW on February 04, 2018 in Do Your Own Think
Once you sign your child up for psychotherapy sessions, you are no longer alone in supporting his or her growth and happiness.

4 Strategies for Families Facing Addiction

Hardly any family member, friend or co-worker is spared knowing someone with addiction. What can you do to help?
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Addicted to Thrills

By Elizabeth Young on February 04, 2018 in Adaptations
“Whoa!” Rocco exclaims. Eleanor looks away. Ed flinches. India maintains her smiling gaze, but I see her back press against her wheelchair, braced against that speed.
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Get Kids Outdoors to Improve Mental and Physical Well-being

If you want healthier kids, with more resilience and better mental health, get them off screens and outdoors.

How Mental Health Professionals Can Best Help Our Country

By Robert Klitzman M.D. on February 02, 2018 in Am I My Genes?
Techniques drawn from family therapy and conflict resolution can help us reach across the political divide to bridge the chasm and improve our teetering country.

11 Tips for Balancing Worklife, Creative Life, and Family

By Jennifer Haupt on February 02, 2018 in One True Thing
"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." — Marcelle Proust

Is “Divorcing” a Toxic Parent the Best Strategy?

By David M. Allen M.D. on February 02, 2018 in A Matter of Personality
The advice to avoid all contact with "toxic" parents has become common today, but, while better than allowing abuse to continue, it does not really solve anything.

Parental Alienation Syndrome: What Is It, and Who Does It?

What is parent alienation syndrome? Are you doing it? Are you being victimized by it?

When She Looks in a Mirror

By Susan Rako M.D. on February 01, 2018 in More Light
Who is the person looking back?

Risky Business

By Bryan E. Robinson Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in The Right Mindset
Are you chained to the desk? Find out what you can do.

Training Judges: A Lesson for Them and Me

My experiencing training judges about parental alienation

The Shockingly Young Age That Girls Turn Mean

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 30, 2018 in Singletons
Parents have the power (and the tools) to stop the widespread and insidious “Mean Girl” trend.

What Communication Scientists Know About Effective Messages

Do you struggle to encourage or comfort others? Find out what communication scientists know about having difficult conversations.

The Meaning and Meaninglessness of Genealogy

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on January 29, 2018 in Beastly Behavior
Americans by the millions are pursuing their genealogy and bio-geographical ancestry. But what can this tell us that we don't already know?

Helicopter Faculty

Grades should be recalibrated so that an A means actual mastery of the material.

The Ancient Yet Modern Practice That Can Change Your Life

By Pam Allyn on January 26, 2018 in LitLife
There is an ancient practice, one I spend my life talking to children about, and it brings me a great sense of peace and joy as an educator.

Sinking Costs

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on January 24, 2018 in Pop Psych
Human irrationality is often more rational than it looks. You just need the right context

Who Are the Difficult People in Your Life?

By Lydia Denworth on January 24, 2018 in Brain Waves
Social connection isn't all positive. Sometimes we're stuck dealing with demanding people. A new study reveals who they are and why we can't abandon them.

January Is Divorce Month: A Guide for Parents to Help Kids

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on January 23, 2018 in Helping Kids Cope
Are you in the throes of a divorce? Tips to guide parents on navigating divorce in healthy ways with their children.

Are We Allowing Our Kids Too Much Emotional Expression?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 22, 2018 in The Teen Doctor
4 ways to think about your kids and their emotions.