Eating Disorders in the Orthodox Jewish Community

Eating Disorders: What Does Being an Orthodox Jew Have to do With It? Contradictory demands on women may result in disordered eating. By Caryn Gordon, Psy. D.

The 'Journey' of Psychotherapy

The “Journey” of Psychotherapy: On a voyage with an eating disordered patient. By Hilary Maddux, LCSW

Why Is There So Much Miscommunication Via Email and Text?

Why Is There So Much Miscommunication Via Email and Text? How we interpret electronic messages is shaped by our feelings. By Melissa Ritter, Ph.D.

Who's in Charge in Your Relationship?

Men’s Secret Revenge Against Successful Women, Insecurity and resentment can lead to covert warfare in the bedroom. By Max Belkin, Ph.D.

The Pleasures and Perils of Fighting Among Ourselves

The Pleasures and Perils of Fighting Among Ourselves. A polarized group becomes less effective as its members become more certain. By Susan Kolod, Ph.D

Why Do Some Happily Married Folks Cheat?

Why Do Some Happily Married Folks Cheat? To keep a marriage safe and secure, desire may be banished. By Max Belkin, Ph.D.

Why We Can't Make Up Our Minds

Why Making a Decision Can Be So Difficult. You might be trying to stop the clock. By David Braucher, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

Making The Best Decision For Your Breast Cancer Surgery

Making the Best Decision for Breast Cancer Treatment. The importance of exploring thoughts, feelings and associations. By Katherine Noordsij, LCSW, PhD (Lit.)

Tangled Up in Enmeshment?

Tangled Up In Enmeshment? Using mindfulness to lessen the confusion of fusion. By Ann Chanler, Ph.D.

What's Wrong With Being Independent

Can We Be Too Independent? Relying on others can offer many unexpected benefits. By Amy Smith, MA.

4 Anti-Rules for Finding Happiness

How Rules Can Ruin Your Love Life. The Anti-rules of Dating may save it! By Eugenio A. Duarte, Ph.D.

Read This Before Having an Affair

Read This Before Having an Affair. We can get easily lost in the “Bermuda Triangle of Love.” By David Braucher, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

5 Steps to Taming Perfectionism

Perfectionism: friend or foe? The promise and perils of unrealistic aspirations.

Why We End Up in Bad Relationships

An irrelationship is a relationship used to hide from a…relationship!

Trying to “Win” at Love May Cost Your Relationship

Trying to “Win” at Love May Cost Your Relationship. Zero sum thinking can ruin romance. By Lisa Juliano, PsyD

Home Away From Home: Therapy in a Second Language

When both therapist and patient are immigrants, language assumes special meaning.

Why We Can't Keep Our Promises

Why Is It Sometimes Hard To Keep a Promise? Out of awareness feelings may not let us “know” we are ambivalent. By Melissa Ritter, Ph.D.

Weight Bullying: Large Size People Are Often Targets

Weight Bullying: Large Size People Are Often Targets. We treat “fat” as a contagious and deadly virus. By Debra Farbman, Ph.D.

Are You in Climate Change Denial? Three Signs to Look For

Are You in Climate Change Denial? Three Signs to Look Out For. You might not be recognizing the gravity of the situation. By Margaret Klein.

Is It Important to Know Sperm or Egg Donor Identity?

Is it Important to Know the Identity of a Sperm or Egg Donor? Donor conception raises questions about genetic connections.

Is Hookup Regret More Common in Women?

Is Hookup Regret More Common in Women? The better the sex, the less regret. By Susan Kolod, Ph.D.

A Surprising Way to Ruin Your Personal Life

Bringing our work home. Work skills applied to personal life may be the wrong tool for the job. Many of us bring our work home with us. Thanks to our electronic devices, we can be plugged in to work 24 hours a day. But there may be a more insidious way we bring our work home with us. By David Braucher, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

Can a Child Be a Psychopath?

Can a Child Be A Psychopath? Parental fantasies and expectations can influence a child’s personality development. Our culture is fascinated by the idea of child psychopaths. The idea that some infants are born with evil dispositions is explored. Psychoanalytically speaking, expectations contribute substantially to a child’s personality development. By Tiffany McLain, M.S.

Why We Procrastinate

Procrastination: What Are We Really Putting Off? Worry about being an “adult” might make us avoid our chores. Imagine the following scenario: You’re running late for an important appointment. You’ve overslept because the alarm app on your phone needs to be updated. By Lisa Juliano, PsyD.

Why Can’t I Love My Body Like I Love Chocolate?

Treating eating disorder symptoms is easier than learning to love one’s body. In my 29 years as a psychoanalyst working with eating disordered patients, I learned the easier part of treatment is symptom alleviation. The more challenging part is helping them understand their relationship to their bodies.

Disordered Eating or Eating Disorder: What’s the Difference?

Disordered Eating or Eating Disorder: What’s the Difference? More subtle forms of disordered eating can also be dangerous. It’s pretty easy to diagnose a full-blown eating disorder like Anorexia or Bulimia Nervosa. But more subtle forms of disordered eating are difficult to pinpoint. By Carrie Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Does “Mental Cheating” Hurt or Help a Romantic Relationship?

Many people fantasize about their neighbor’s spouse without committing adultery. It is common to have erotic fantasies about co-workers, strangers, and good old figments-of-our-imagination. While children have imaginary friends, adults often benefit from having imaginary lovers.

A Legacy of Phillip Seymour Hoffman

The legacy of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Professional prowess and private struggles are part of humanity. Along with many of my patients and colleagues, his personal struggles, juxtaposed with a singular talent, highlight the place of private pain in human experience, often a focus of attention in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Lobotomy: When Treatment Helps the Doctor, Not the Patient

Lobotomy: When treatment helps the doctor but not the patient. Sometimes attempts to alleviate suffering can go terribly wrong. Mental health professionals often feel helpless in the face of another’s extreme suffering. But we must exercise caution to ensure our interventions don’t inadvertently inflict additional pain.

Embracing Our Imperfect Life

Embracing our imperfect life. Listening to Leonard Cohen and learning to relish defeat. In my car on a sunny Vermont winter morning, I am listening to Leonard Cohen sing his view of reality: He says you can’t be a hero in your own life and, more important, you can’t be happy until you know how thoroughly broken life itself is... By Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.

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