Essential Reads

The Real Reason Religion Is Declining In America

Why the U.S. will eventually resemble Europe

How to Foster More Adaptive Thinking

Are your cognitions working for you or against you?

The Perfect Graduation Gift: A Coat for All Seasons!

Give your son or daughter life's ultimate edge!

Room Rights in Adolescence

When disagreeing about room-care, respect the importance of the teenage room

Recent Posts on Parenting

Dating Tips for Single Parents

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on April 12, 2013 in Meaningful You
Many single parents who are gun shy after divorce go in one of two directions: they convince themselves they are better off only dipping a toe in dating, or they deny and minimize their fears, which can lead to a reckless plunge. Here's how to avoid these extremes.

Qualities of the B (aka Bench-Warming) Player

Even if your child isn’t a star player, they are developing crucial life skills to help them succeed throughout life.

Is Big Media Slowly Killing Our Children?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 12, 2013 in The Power of Prime
The essential question to ask is: What role does the explosion of media in the last decade play in what many consider to be a public health crisis? A growing body of evidence suggests that the answer to this question is: A significant role. Unfortunately, Big Media is actually interfering with your efforts to raise healthy children.

Sidney Brought Out the Best

It was obvious: Sidney’s presence was a powerful catalyst for a deep, emotional engagement by patients with the therapeutic process.

There's A Lion In The Bank

The television ad shows a mother and young daughter sitting near a lion’s den in a zoo. The mother aims her camera at a check as she explains that the check will now go to the bank. Just then a lion walks out of his den and mother aims her camera at the animal. What one sees on the screen is a lion walking down an aisle in the bank, approaching two tellers. “No, Mommy,

The Obama Plan: Spending MH Money In The Wrong Places

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 11, 2013 in Saving Normal
The well meaning Obama plan to encourage health screening in the schools is likely to do more harm than good and divert attention the real need to control assault weapons and to provide adequate resources to treat severely ill psychiatric pati

On the Loss of a Child

By Judy L. Mandel on April 11, 2013 in Replacement Child
A new definition of 'normal' after the loss of a child.

Shifts in the Global Body Market: Access or Exploitation?

By Jessica Cussins on April 11, 2013 in Genetic Crossroads
New regulations in India mean surrogacy is no longer available for gay couples, unmarried couples, or singles. Are Mexico and Thailand the new surrogacy frontier? What do such shifts in "medical tourism" mean for those involved?

Choosing a College When Mental Health Is an Issue

By Fletcher Wortmann on April 11, 2013 in Triggered
For those with a mental health disability, transitioning to college can lead to a spike in symptoms at the worst time imaginable. When choosing a college, there are programs and services to look for.

ADHD:10 Helpful Tips

Your child is antsy and can't seem to focus. Plus, your family is not doing well. What's ADHD? What's anxiety? What's stress? And, what's normal? Here are some answers.

Older Fathers, Autism and Schizophrenia

A review of risk factors for autism and schizophrenia endorses the predictions and findings of the imprinted brain theory in just about every respect.

Do You Believe in "Slow Living"?

By Emily Matchar on April 11, 2013 in Homeward Bound
Do you believe in slow living? Would you like a slower pace of existence?

Mothers and Others (With Benefits)

By Jesse Marczyk on April 11, 2013 in Pop Psych
Do women engage in homosexual behavior to attract better babysitters?

Public Support for "3-Parent," Genetically Modified Babies?

By Jessica Cussins on April 10, 2013 in Genetic Crossroads
The UK regulatory agency’s summary of its public consultation on mitochondria replacement highlights "broad public support" for a procedure that would cross a crucial ethical and policy line. But that support is not actually demonstrated in its data.

Amazing Statistics

By Maggie Scarf on April 10, 2013 in The Remarriage Blueprint
Here are some astonishing statistics about remarriage

The Dark Side of Healthy Attachment

Even the happiest, most securely attached children can be intrusive, overwhelming, and suffocating.

No Time to Lean In, I've Got a Meeting to Get to...

By Camille S. Johnson on April 10, 2013 in It's All Relative
Women are leaning in and leading a majority of civic groups, but because their efforts are voluntary, they are devalued.

Curbing Too-High Hopes for Children’s Success

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 10, 2013 in Singletons
Parents fantasize about their babies before they are born. As the fetus moves in the womb, parents make predictions. As your child ages, being proud is very different from living vicariously through your child. Are your hopes too high?

Tips on Helping Your Child Cope with Anger

Anger is a natural emotion that is experienced by every individual across different cultures. Anger is "an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage". If your child has ever got angry, I’m sure you have tried to nip it in the bud or suggest ways they could calm down. Here are a few strategies that may help children cope.

Shame on Rutgers — Shame on Us

Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for mistreating his players. But will it change the practice of shaming athletes to fight harder for the win? We are all responsible for the culture of youth sports. It's time to improve the game by stopping the shame.

Born Both Ways?

Given women’s flexible sexual responsiveness to both sexes, a growing notion among relationship researchers is that women’s sexuality is fluid. But why would sexual selection have fashioned motivational mechanisms to engage in sexual behaviors with members of the same sex?

The Dangers of Narcissistic Parents

Most of us can relate, on some level, to ways our parents over-connected or lived through us, as a reflection of them. But when dealing with a narcissistic parent day in and day out throughout one’s childhood, the impact can be devastating.

Magical Thinking is a Refuge for Child of Borderline Mother

By Randi Kreger on April 09, 2013 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
As a child, I coped with magical thinking, As an adult today, I can permit myself to do what I need to do for an emotionally healthy life, even if that means becoming the adult to our mom’s "child" and setting boundaries and consequences.

Seven Key Cultural Dimensions of the Model Minority Myth

By Sunil Bhatia Ph.D. on April 09, 2013 in Culture On the Move
This blog highlights seven important cultural dimensions of being a model minority in America. The model minority myth perpetuates the idea that many Asian Americans, irrespective of their individual aptitude and social class origins, have it in their cultural DNA to be passive, smart, attend ivy league schools and become highly accomplished doctors and mathematicians

Autism Prevalence: Can It Be 1 in 50?

What does the latest autism prevalence report mean to us? What now?

How to Break "Bad" Money Habits

By Kate Levinson Ph.D. on April 09, 2013 in Emotional Currency
Tax season is the time when money is most on our minds, and a good time to make improvements in our relationship with money. There are some simple steps to follow to change our ways with money, familiar steps that we use when we want to change other behaviors.

The Makings of a Good Girl

The more women focus on appearing perfectly physically pleasing and good, the more disconnected they become from their own experience. Fostering healthy, sexually fulfilling and emotionally intimate relationships with men means giving up raising or being a “good girl” in favor of helping girls and women to act in accordance with who they really are.

How to Choose the Right Career

Knowing your dominant motivational focus - promotion or prevention - you can now evaluate how well-suited you are motivationally to different kinds of careers, or different positions in your organization.

Living Words and Actions: Our Messages about Sex

Take this self-assessment about the messages that you convey (often unconsciously) to your kids about sexuality and determine if you are communicating effectively the messages that you state through your words and actions.

Is Gen Y Becoming the New "Lost Generation?"

By Ray Williams on April 08, 2013 in Wired for Success
Is today's youth, or Gen Y or millennials as they are sometimes referred to, becoming the new "Lost Generation," with high hopes and little prospects?