Essential Reads

8 Common Effects of Narcissistic Parenting

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Romance Redux
Being raised by a narcissistic parent can have profound and lasting effects. Here are eight I've commonly seen in the course of my 25 years of practice.

12 Warning Signs Your Child May Have a Mental Health Issue

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Singletons
Nearly one in five children is affected with an emotional or behavioral disorder. How to recognize a problem and find help.

Bad Moms: Social Stigmas and Postpartum Mental Illness

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 29, 2016 in Culture Shrink
We need to examine how the biological symptoms of postpartum mental illnesses intersect with the high societal expectations regarding the "perfect mother."

Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Self-directed education—as it occurs in unschooling families and at democratic schools--operates by allowing these four natural drives to flourish. ....

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Do You Know Where Your Relationship Is Going?

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on April 05, 2011 in Relationship Boot Camp

Passive Aggressive Behavior at Chore Time: Using Benign Confrontation

This article is a follow-up to the previous post, providing a detailed explanation and example of the six steps of Benign Confrontation of passive aggressive behavior.

Why Possibility Matters

By Pamela Gerloff on April 05, 2011 in The Possibility Paradigm
“How can Possibility be a value?” I thought. I had always thought of possibility as just something that existed. A good thing in life, for sure. But not a value to live by.

The Sex You Cannot Speak Of

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on April 04, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Wherever you turn everyone seems to be happy to talk about sex, and even to have some. But there is one kind of sex you are not allowed to talk about, let alone admit you are having.

Four Simple Ways to End Your Next Argument

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on April 04, 2011 in Relationship Boot Camp

Craving Parenthood: A New Trend on Grey's Anatomy?

By Connie Shapiro PhD on April 04, 2011 in When You're Not Expecting
As I have been watching the ABC medical series Grey's Anatomy recently, I've been struck by how the themes of fertility, unplanned pregnancy and pregnancy loss are sensitively interwoven through so many episodes.

Service Learning: New Ethical Goals and Challenges for Universities

Higher education has embraced service learning--a commitment that entails partnerships with communities. These partnerships create new and different ethical obligations for all involved.

There's no success like failure

By Jonathon D. Brown Ph.D. on April 04, 2011 in The Arbiter

Seinfeld and Glee Won’t Make You Healthy

By Howard S. Friedman Ph.D. on April 03, 2011 in Secrets of Longevity
Laughing at Seinfeld or Glee may be entertaining but don't think it will keep you healthy. Studying people for many decades reveals the real key reason why happiness is correlated with health.

Perverts, Stalkers, and Cyberbullies, Oh My!

Shame on LA Times columnist Sandy Banks for perpetuating ignorance and the fear of technology. It exemplifies the response of people who aren't willing to learn what it's like to be a kid living with technology today.

Jobs Are Up, But What Kinds of Jobs?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on April 03, 2011 in Hidden Motives
The media have been celebrating the good news about unemployment. The rate has gone down to 8.8%. But the news obscures the fact that having a job does not provide security for many people.

Save the Parents!

By Katherine Ellison on April 03, 2011 in Pay Attention

The Case of the Missing Cobra: Making News Compelling Through Story

The Bronx Zoo misplaced an Egyptian cobra. I read about it in the LA Times. This isn’t the first errant zoo animal, so why would a west coast paper carry news about an east coast zoo faux pas? Because it became a story.

Sit Down Mommy & Daddy: Jenny and I Are Getting a Divorce

By Rachel Clark on April 01, 2011 in
Co-children have “The Talk” with their parents.

Should You Share Regrets Online?

When things don’t go as we plan or hoped, we feel regret. Regret can be difficult to manage because it involves self-blame—regret is about our lost opportunities and possible selves. The regret can be painful and enduring. Here are four reasons why sites like can help.

Father-Daughter Bond Enjoys a Growth Spurt

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D. on March 31, 2011 in Our Gender, Ourselves

Promoting Delusions of Entitlement

What happens when children are raised with the belief that they are entitled to nothing materialistic, and everything they receive from their parents is a blessing?

What State Budget Cuts Mean for the Most Troubled Children

By Josephine Johnston and Erik Parens—If your child ends up on 12 North, the Children's Psychiatry Unit at Stony Brook University Hospital, he has probably been diagnosed with one, or many, serious mental disorders. He (or she) has likely been prescribed myriad medications.

Gene Tests for Toddlers? Pediatricians Warn About Testing Kids for Athletic Ability

A commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association warns about gene tests that claim to predict the athletic potential of young children.

Nanny Angst

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on March 29, 2011 in Benign Neglect
We should not treat the employment of nannies as some unfortunate but necessary deviation from the ideal but rather as a continuation of child care practices that have prevailed throughout most of human history.