Living an Examined Life

In the second half of life, you alone are responsible for yourself. Here’s some wisdom for becoming the grown up you want to be.

Raising Independent, Self-Confident Kids

Solving children’s problems for them can rob them of necessary life skills.

Unspoken Legacy

Addiction affects the whole family, and it often has multi-generational roots that go unrecognized and unaddressed, even by therapists.

Did You Hear? A Story About Gossip

Children are using social media and texts to spread malicious gossip online. It causes the targets tremendous anxiety and depression.

Mindful Aging

By the time you’re 50, you know yourself pretty well. You should be putting that knowledge to expansive use, seizing opportunities rather than putting limits on what you should do.

The Boarding School Girls

Going off to boarding school at age 12 might be challenging enough. For two girls sent to school in an alien culture, it shaped their entire identity—and molded many strengths.

My Grandmother’s Hands

If we’re going to make any headway on America’s racial inequities and hatred, we need to pay more attention to the traumas that are carried in the body.

Everyday Narcissism

There is a low-grade narcissism rampant in the world, and it stems from the belief that we have the power to control how others feel and act.

The Awakening Body

The more we live in a hyperintense world directed by the left brain, the more cut off we feel from the true source of well being. Somatic awareness is a necessary corrective.

Beyond Bedlam’s Door

Inside the consulting room, psychiatrists are witness to the daily drama of mental health, and many of the stories that unfold are stranger than most fiction.

Overcoming Sex Addiction: A Self-help Guide

Compulsive sexual behavior typically conceals negative feelings about oneself—feelings that are readily treatable.

Not Always Happy

Perfection is alien to child-rearing. And so choosing to adopt a child with Down syndrome seemed natural. After all, we all have something that makes us vulnerable in the world.

Too Young to Be Old: Love, Learn, Work, and Play as You Age

Everyone has a “psychological portfolio,” and it’s especially important to update it as you age.

The Psychology of Job Interviews

The vaunted—and often stressful—job interview can be a far more useful tool for finding the right employment fit.

Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: The Illustrated Manual

For many people problems in sexual response arise from the inability to put aside their conscious, goal-oriented mind.

Sex Addiction 101

Despite the debate whether sex addiction is a “real” disorder, many people struggle with problematic sexual behavior. There are ways to break free of compulsive sexual behavior.

Terror, Love, and Brainwashing

Cults and brainwashing are more common than you might think. The best defense is educating children about the dangers of manipulative people and the techniques they use.

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

A prepared response or two and some handy acronyms are just a few of the devices to help those with ADD become masters of their own lives.

Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive in Their Digital World

Worried about your children’s screen time? The best approach is to model the digital behavior you want to see in your kids.

Bedlam’s Door

The mentally ill are often shunted off to America’s jails for their odd behavior, but their singular crime is to reflect the rich tapestry of the human condition.

Digging Deep

Digging in the garden may be the perfect antidote to our tech-heavy times. It connects us not only to the natural world but also to our inner selves.

Suggestible You

The power of suggestion lies behind the enigmatic placebo response, but it also plays a big role in your everyday life.

Breaking the Trance

There are practical strategies parents can take to control children’s overuse of screen media.

Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

We need a new definition of “mind,” one that captures the importance of subjective and relational experience.

The Mindspan Diet

America’s dietary recommendations may not be in the best interests of cognitive longevity.

Connecting in the Land of Dementia

It’s possible to connect with those who have dementia. The trick is to select activities that call on powers of creativity and communication that bypass rational thinking.

Becoming Brilliant

In the push to make kids smart, you can spend $300 to count every word your kid hears. Or try to teach the fetus in the womb. But the best way is to change how you look at things.

Help Me: A Psychotherapist’s Tried-and-True Techniques

Those who strive for perfection rather than excellence often end up with self-condemnation. Yet they often justify their self-defeating beliefs with “personal propaganda."

The Anatomy of Addiction

The time for medication-assisted treatment of addiction has come.

Exhaustion: A History

We may have new ways of expressing exhaustion, but we humans have been complaining about it for a very long times.