Essential Reads

Our Entomophobic Culture

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
The playfulness of the Itsy Bitsy Spider can’t compete with the image of a frightened Little Miss Muffet. Nursery rhymes and adult stories tell us that insects are terrifying.
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Refugee Children Need Our Help

Refugees, including many children, from war-ravaged areas continue to flee. Psychologists can document, call attention to, and address to their trauma.

An Attempted Analogy to Parenting

You have more time to be a good parent today than you will ever have again. Take advantage of your good fortune!

Surviving Mealtimes With a Picky Eater

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Is your child a picky eater? It turns out that many children are, but here are some useful tips backed by research to help curb the picky eater at your dinner table.

More Posts on Child Development

Beyond Reality: Pretend Play Matters

By Brittany N Thompson on November 18, 2017 in Socioemotional Success
What is pretend play? How does pretend contribute to social skill development? What does all of this mean for everyday contexts and interactions for young children?

Walking in Natural Environments Nourishes Parent-Child Bonds

By Christopher Bergland on November 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending time together in nature increases family cohesion, according to a new study.

Six Elements Of Self-Care In Adults With Childhood Trauma

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
From childhood to our relationship with ourselves, carrying a negative or empty sense of self makes it learning self-love seem like an impossible bootstrap. Yet it can happen...

College Students and Thanksgiving Break

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Social Lights
Tips for enjoying the holidays with your adult children.

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Spanking a child is about the parent not the child. The child will learn more from positive correction than physical manipulation.

Parental Alienation: What Is the Solution?

The only effective means to combat and eliminate parental alienation is to address it by means of a multi-faceted approach that involves fundamental changes to the divorce system.

Did You Hear? A Story About Gossip

By The Book Brigade on November 16, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Children are using social media and texts to spread malicious gossip online. It causes the targets tremendous anxiety and depression.

Wild, Fun-loving, and Free

Childhood anxiety is largely learned, not innate. If we can teach our children to be anxious, it means we can teach them not to be anxious.

Magical Thinking and Unloved Daughters: Childhood and Beyond

By Peg Streep on November 13, 2017 in Tech Support
What helps you escape from an unhappy childhood—the power of your imagination–may get in the way of your recovery in adulthood.

Transitioning to Middle School

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Raising Parents
Why is my sixth grade child behaving differently toward me?

Parenting Strategies Are Largely Ineffective

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 13, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
5 Ideas: Will parents use them? 1. Childhood is not all preamble.
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Adolescence and Conflicts between Constancy and Change

The art of parenting an adolescent is knowing the difference between what needs to change and what needs to stay the same.

Education’s Future: What Will Replace K-12 and College?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Our expensive, time-wasting, anxiety-producing system of education is an immense failure. In a rational world, what would replace it? Here is my answer to that question.

How to Heal the Primal Wound

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
To protect ourselves from feeling the primal wound, we create a false world and a false self.

You Just Got Dumped – Nice Timing, Right?

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Attention Training
These 5 energy changers can help heal your broken heart.

Your Primal Wound: What Happened in Childhood?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Psychosynthesis considers a human life to move toward self-realization but many get detoured by their primal woundedness. How does that happen?

A 12-Year-Old Is Watching Porn

By Nick Luxmoore on November 11, 2017 in Young People Up Close
If, realistically, we have little control over children watching porn, how do we help them understand what they're watching so that they're not damaged when it comes to real life?

Talking to Children About Their Birthparents

Can you tell me about them?.........How to handle difficult questions and address sensitive issues.
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Have Goals, Not Expectations, for Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Expectations act as burdens that you place on your young athletes before a competition, causing pressure, anxiety, and worry. Goals act as motivators to help them become successful

Is Psychology Responsible for the Unabomber?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Human Beast
According to the documentary “Manhunt," unethical research by Henry Murray motivated terrorism.

Empowering Your Anxious Tween

Anxiety is a beast that can be contained, if not completely slain.

What to Do About Cyberbullying

The body of evidence on teens and social media finds that cyber-bullying is a serious problem. As a society, what can we do?

Five Ways to Ensure Long-Term Retention of Spelling Words

Building word permanency in the brain is a gift to a child for a lifetime of reading and writing.

When You Just Don't Have Time for The Meltdown

When kids feel understood, they're more likely to do what we ask, even if they don't see any benefit for themselves. So EMPATHY is your magic wand.

How to Talk to Kids About Terrorism

Talking about the harsh realities of life shouldn't be an attempt to toughen kids up, but it can be an opportunity to help them build mental strength.

Are You Creating Your Own Nightmare in Your Relationship?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Compassion Matters
In our adult relationships, we often select, distort, and provoke our partners to recreate dynamics from our past. How can we stop this cycle?

Don't Yuck My Yum: Good Parenting or Subtle Shaming?

"Don't yuck my yum" is a gentle way of telling children that they don't have to like something you've prepared. But what does a "yucker" feel when told, essentially, stifle it?

"Lady Bird" II: To Be, or Not To Be, Traumatized

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Greta Gerwig's film "Lady Bird" depicts a child whose mother can't accept her - but who ends up a self-sustaining, successful human being anyway. And she loves her mother.

Precocious Reading

Some children learn to read before they are formally taught. Then they arrive at school.

Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust IX: Forgiveness, Finally

Closure for me would only be possible with a clear understanding of my mother’s pathology and its origins.