My own recent experience with plastic surgery brought greater wisdom than my clinical training or experience counseling men and women. Is it, by definition, psychologically unhealthy to pursue (cosmetically motivated) plastic surgery?
Men and women who didn't get what they needed from their own parents as children will inevitably feel more conflicted and resentful as they parent children of their own - especially when their children are young and need vast amounts of attention.
Estranging yourself from family is, perhaps, among the most counter-intuitive of all human behaviors. And yet as I explain, sometimes it a downright necessity despite the sadness and anxiety estrangements cause for everyone involved.
On a recent trip to Japan, I realized how many lessons my young children could learn from such an entirely different culture. If only all American parents had the financial luxury of traveling with their children to cultures all across the world.
A recent review of my Psychology Today article (about how to detect signs that you're getting brushed off by a new date) is dismissive of anecdotal data drawn from a therapist's clinical work. I focus on teasing out the important questions we can answer, having to do with the debate about the value, dangers and purpose of both research-based and pop psychology.
The young children of narcissistic parents live life in an anxious, confused state; later, they seek stormy romantic partners as a result of having received the metaphoric Narcissistic Parenting Program.
As a male psychologist, I am occasionally surprised by the degree of spite some women feel toward other women they don't know well. While I don't blame the women, I do believe the culture is largely responsible.