Essential Reads

Adolescence and Honoring Agreements

Why adolescents can make more agreements with a parent than they tend to keep

One More Reason to Unplug Before Bedtime

Reading a bedtime story improves a child's brain function and mental imagery.

10 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Adolescent

The challenge of parenting a teenager is staying connected as you grow apart

How I'm Using Science to Help My Daughter Keep Liking Math

Priming studies show uphill battle for girls and math, and how to help

Recent Posts on Parenting

Are You a Tortoise or a Hare? About Work

By Gretchen Rubin on April 08, 2013 in The Happiness Project
I love paradoxes, parables, koans, aphorisms, fables, and teaching stories of all kinds. Lately I’ve been thinking of the Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare.

Your Spouse's Secret Mission

A newlywed hates to visit his or her parents because of family discord. A recently divorced and remarried man avoids his children because he can't deal with his ex. Neither has the guts to tell the truth about his or her feelings. Spouses of such folks may come to the rescue by acting as if they are villains who keep them away from their family.

Should We Sometimes Pray to Our Mother in Heaven?

By George Davis on April 08, 2013 in Modern Melting Pot
“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…”

Is Arguing Really Bad for the Children?

We believe that parents should not quarrel in front of the children. Is this protectiveness or deprivation?

The Bible and Psychology -- Joseph's Workshop

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on April 07, 2013 in Living It
The story of Joseph the Carpenter tells of a man deeply committed to God's plan -- and capable and willing to carry it out. The most important job in history? Raising a child to say his prayers, do good work, be kind to his mother, and take responsibility.

Mood Management and Emotional Resilience for Adolescents

Although the origin of a bad mood can be mysterious, there are strategies an adolescent can use to reduce their likelihood and to recover well-being when they occur.

Wound Collectors

By Joe Navarro M.A. on April 07, 2013 in Spycatcher
There are people who intentionally look for and collect social slights for their personal benefit. Who are these Wound Collectors and what can we expect?

What to Expect From Psychotherapy for Bipolar Disorder

A discussion of the different elements of psychotherapy for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder: clinical assessment, acceptance of the disorder, symptom reduction/stabilization, supportive psychotherapy, brief treatment for relapses, couples therapy and bipolar support group.

Your Social Life: Are You a Fox or a Hedgehog?

By Pamela Haag Ph.D. on April 07, 2013 in Marriage 3.0
Is Facebook and other social media selecting for the fox social life over the hedgehog?

What Men Talk About When They Talk About Love (and Marriage)

Love and marriage in an era of disappearing signposts is confusing, or is it?

Understanding Our Children’s Dreams

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on April 07, 2013 in Sleeping Angels
We all dream during sleep. While we may not always pay attention to the content of our dreams, they can be extremely vivid, and associated with a wide range of emotions (sadness, fear, elation) that carries over into wakefulness. This is as true for adults as it is for children: in fact, many adults can recall in great detail dreams that they had decades earlier.

The Great College Hoax

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on April 07, 2013 in Off the Couch
My office was filled with tears and virtual (and some real) hair-pulling this past week as not just high school seniors, but their parents struggled to cope with letters telling them that their dream of getting into a top tier college was not going to coming true.

Teen Sexting - The Real Issue

Today the information superhighway is vastly changing. The internet is revolutionizing the way we communicate with each other, and teens are some of the first to experiment with modern technology. With a camcorder, radio, television, camera, and phone all wrapped into one little package called a Smartphone, teens have accessibility to friends and worldly happenings 24/7.

5 Tips for Winning Over Your In-Laws

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on April 07, 2013 in In Practice
Five conversation topics that can help create positive relationships between you and your in-laws.

Boost Your Confidence By Saying Less

Feeling compelled to justify preferences and decisions is common but doing so undermines self-confidence.

Boys Have trucks! Girls Have dolls!

By Emily Matchar on April 06, 2013 in Homeward Bound
The hilariously depressing world of juvenile gender expectations.

Sex Talk – For Women (Mostly)

By Rosemary K.M. Sword on April 05, 2013 in The Time Cure
Imagine being a young, athletic, extremely intelligent, successful attorney with a healthy sexual appetite and a loving husband. Life is made more perfect when you have your first child. But you weren't counting on another baby when the other is still in diapers. How do you handle being intimate?

DSM Fantasies

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on April 05, 2013 in Beyond Freud
The DSM is built on the fantasy that we can ignore fantasy and mind in psychiatric diagnosis. A further remarkable fantasy of the DSM is that doing so leads to more scientific, rather than less scientific, diagnosis. This article explores some of the key fantasies upholding the DSM.

A Story About the Very Old and the Very Young

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on April 05, 2013 in Fighting Fear
An old man worries about how his granddaughter will manage when he is no longer around.

Is Technology Ruining Our Lives?

The incursion of technology into our homes means less down time. Smart phones and Blackberries rip into relationships and thwart leisure pursuits. And work/life balance seems to be a thing of the past.

Creative Occupations and Psychological Disorders

Are there more mentally ill people in creative occupations than in the general population? How are first, second, and third degree relatives of mentally ill individuals represented in creative occupations?

Greatness Redefined

Wanted: Are you special? You don't have to be famous or rich. We desperately need heroes. And, you may be the right person for the job.

Was Magic's Biggest Assist Supporting His Gay Son?

Magic Johnson and wife Cookie, publicly embrace their gay son who came out on TMZ..Tips for Parents of a Gay Child Who Wants to "Come Out'.

Male Masturbation

Masturbation is the most common male sexual behavior, but, in spite of being a universal behavior, professionals and the public know very little about the topic. How should males, their romantic partners, and even their mothers respond to self-pleasuring?

The Bible and Psychology – Isaac's Obedience

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on April 04, 2013 in Living It
The fourth of an eight-part series on the psychology of important men in the Bible. The focus is on Isaac, whose greatest moment came in obedience to his father, Abraham. How many of us have been at our best in moments of obedience?

Living An “Ordinary” Life With Extraordinary Abilities

By Kristian Marlow on April 04, 2013 in The Superhuman Mind
A nurse, wife and Mother with synesthesia

What, No Mother???

By Aaron Cooper Ph.D. on April 04, 2013 in Modern Family
The default cultural belief is that children require a mother for healthy psychological development. What's a single gay father, or gay male couple, to do when encountering this notion? And how might this belief be operating in the gay father's own belief system, perhaps outside their awareness?

Behind Every Complaint There’s a Vision

There's a skill to hearing complaints, which often reflect a feeling of powerlessness in the complainer, and then to going deeper to help the complainer find their vision.

Crowdfunding Embodied Cognition Research

By Hans IJzerman Ph.D. on April 04, 2013 in Body, Meet Mind
In a previous post, I talked about the importance of warmth in social relations. But how far can we extend this? Does warmth even confer positive effects in operative contexts? Read this post and you (may) find out!

Doctor-Patient Communication: Part V

The continuum of our discussion on communication between doctor and patient has thus far dealt with the importance of that state and what actually constitutes the ideal. Today's blog is more an attempt to explain what influences the doctor ability to lead and help develop the relationship so important to the cancer experience.