Essential Reads

The Right Dose of Screen Time for Kids

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in The Baby Scientist
On Friday, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their policy on screen time for children under the age of 2 on Friday. Here's what the new policy means for your kids.

How Will Artificial Intelligence Change Education and Work?

A new report titled “Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030” explores the role of AI in various aspects of society and considers implications for our future.

The Ethics of Sharing Client Stories

How can I use my clients as examples in my teaching, while honoring my clients’ confidentiality and therapeutic experience? What are the ethical limits to telling clients' stories?

The Truth About Teens and Sex

A new report details statistics about virginity loss in the United States

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Are Your Friends Trying To Ruin Your Love Life?

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on April 29, 2011 in Relationship Boot Camp
After you establish a new love relationship, your friends can become just as jealous as a scorned lover. S/he might be completely unsupportive, fault finding, create chaos and soap opera drama by saying things that will lead you to fight with your partner. Do you know what to do?

Eatin' and excretin'

By Dean F. MacKinnon M.D. on April 29, 2011 in Troubles in Mind

The Kids Next Door

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on April 28, 2011 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology
What Is Courage? Lessons From the Cowardly Lion

What Is Courage? Lessons From the Cowardly Lion

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on April 28, 2011 in Evil Deeds
Courage is an indispensable yet--even in psychotherapy--surprisingly underrated commodity. Life requires courage. Yet we tend to lose sight of its vital meaning, power and importance.

Marriage and the Bill of Rights

There is no Fifth Amendment in marriage. Fortunately, there is no law about perjury either. Faced with the fact that silence typically won't work, like when your spouse asks you where you have been for the last several hours or days, you lie. And hey, if you don't have the right to remain silent, what are you supposed to do?

Notes from the Situation Room

By Frances Kuffel on April 28, 2011 in What Fat Women Want
Waking up to a real problem rather than the unnameable black is waking up to what a weak and cowardly person I am. Poor and frightened, yes -- but that doesn't mean I am prohibited from taking a shower, doing laundry, cleaning a pile that looks like a hoarder's seedling, working on my book or walking the streets looking for loose change.
Want Your Tween To Open Up?  Listen!

Want Your Tween To Open Up? Listen!

When moms respect children's boundaries, kids respond by bringing those boundaries down. But it's not warmth that does it. It's listening. And they're not the same thing.

Dieting: Put Lipstick On A Pig And It's Not A Pig

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on April 27, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
Dieters avoid foods they recognize as forbidden based on product name. When a dish is assigned an unhealthy name (pasta) it is seen as less healthy than when it's called by a healthy name (salad). Non-dieters do not avoid foods based on names and eat anything.

Rethinking Recovery

By Carrie Arnold on April 27, 2011 in Body of Evidence
If weight isn't the sole arbiter of the seriousness of an eating disorder, then it can't also be the benchmark of recovery. Weight restoration (if necessary) and normalization of eating habits are just the first step in eating disorder recovery. Only with nutritional rehabilitation can you begin to address other psychological issues like anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Listening to Our Children’s Voices – Harder Than It Sounds

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on April 27, 2011 in Beyond Freud
On May 1-6, 2011, we will observe National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. And, on May 6, 2011, we will celebrate the birth of Sigmund Freud, the originator of the Talking Cure, or, as we prefer to say, "The Listening Cure." To honor these occasions, we propose paying extra attention to listening to our children, which is more complicated than it sounds.

Can You Have a Marriage Without Sex?

Prince William and Kate will marry as Christians, which means that the sexual pressure is on.

Children Who are Cruel to Animals: When to Worry

Animal cruelty in children is one of the best predictors of later violence and criminality. However, most young children do mean things to an animal at some point. So how do you know if it's a red flag or a normal part of development?

Changes in the American Family

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on April 27, 2011 in The Me in We
American children endure more emotional disruption in familial relations than ever before. Since the 1960s women have become more financially independent, resulting in increased tension in marriages between individuation and a concern for others. Adults drag unresolved conflicts into parenting, reenacting their own childhood dramas.

Why NOT Call War Trauma a Mental Illness?

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on April 27, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
Gains and losses of calling war trauma a mental illness

I’m Toasting Brits This Week, Too!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in Living Single
J. K. Rowling and ‘Gingerbread’ take on the stigma against single parents.

6 Techniques to Ignite Your Inner Creativity & Passion

By Ronald Alexander Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in The Wise Open Mind
Most of us were taught that creativity comes from the thoughts and emotions of the mind but the greatest singers, dancers, painters, writers, and filmmakers recognize that their most original ideas actually come from the core of their being. Learn how you too can access your inner creativity & passion.

Modern Aging Marvel: Amazing Suit Instantly Adds 30 Years!

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
When researchers wear these encumbering suits, simple tasks become daunting. You may start asking yourself why the denture cleaner is on the lowest shelf at the drug store, or why can’t I open this pill bottle, am I as feeble as a child? But, never mind, who can read the nose-bleed print anyway?

Peace Begins At Home: 6 Tips for Siblings

By Charlotte Reznick Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in The Power of Imagination
One tense teen asked, “Haven’t we evolved and learned war is not an answer?” In his mind, it’s hard to fight someone who doesn’t want to fight you back, so if everyone would decide not to fight, war could end.
Superman (1978)

"I Never Lie"

By Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in The Superheroes
Is Superman’s honesty a superpower—a pattern of behavior that requires superhuman effort? That is, does it require a strong “will” to be honest? Or are people who are basically honest, like Superman, simply not tempted to lie, and so no great effort is required to tell the truth?

Meghan O'Rourke: The Long Good-Bye

By Jennifer Haupt on April 26, 2011 in One True Thing
"When I lost my mother, I felt as if I was losing a piece of myself."

A Teen's Guide To Taking The Road Less Traveled

"According to Strelecky, a significant number of parents and guardians give their children irrational advice on what studies to pursue, when they have no experience in that profession."

Am I A Mothers' Day Grinch?

By Connie Shapiro PhD on April 26, 2011 in When You're Not Expecting
Am I a Mothers' Day Grinch? Not exactly, but today I'd like to present a perspective that is different from the one depicted on Hallmark cards: the perspective of families who need some extra compassion on this holiday.

Two Important Lessons from My Much-Procrastinated Trip to the Dentist

By Gretchen Rubin on April 26, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Yesterday, I finally went to the dentist. I was due for a check-up in July, and for the last eight months, I've been moving the reminder card around my office and coming up with new excuses about why I couldn't make an appointment.

If and When to Have Your Babies: The Happiness Measure

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in Singletons
During what 20-year period would you rather risk being less happy?