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How Parents Prolong the "Terrible Twos" Into Adolescence

Mental health professionals label as mental disorders child misbehavior that is created by certain parenting practices that have increased in incidence over the last few decades.

Testosterone Plummets With Fatherhood... Maybe

Dads beware: Does fatherhood impact your hormones?

Yes, Overprotective Parenting Harms Kids

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Beastly Behavior
Overprotective parenting may cause more than just stunted psychological development; it may actually be bad for children's health.

Your Magic Wand for Less Drama, More Love

What if you could create that deep loving connection as your (almost) constant way of being with your child? It would be like giving yourself a magic wand.

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Doing Things That Scare Me Can Make Me Both Happy and Unhappy

By Gretchen Rubin on March 18, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Happiness interview: Janine DiTullio. Last week, I went to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. On the flight down, although I usually never talk to my row-mate, I eventually struck up a conversation with the woman sitting next to me.

Love my friend---not her problem child

My husband and I are good friends with a couple and enjoy their company. However, they have a 5-year-old child who is completely unmanageable. He is mean to my daughter, violent toward other kids, loud, and demanding.

Mothers and Sons: Having "The Sex Talk"

By Pamela Madsen on March 18, 2011 in Shameless Woman
When my sons were growing up they always came to me first about everything. I always had this picture in my head that my husband would be the one to have the "sex talk" with my kids. But that is not how it worked

On the "Demon" Fat, and Why We All Need to Make Peace with It

By Harriet Brown on March 17, 2011 in Brave Girl Eating
People with eating disorders need to eat fat. So do you.

Cheering Up (Part One)

Cheers to happiness.

New Findings about Americans' Sexual Experiences

By Maryanne Fisher Ph.D. on March 17, 2011 in Love's Evolver
What percentage of Americans aged 15-44 have had oral sex? Sexual intercourse? Experience with same-sex partners? Does education affect sexual activity? Sure does - those with higher education are more likely to have experience with oral sex.

4 Misconceptions about Family Therapy

Many people, when they hear the word "therapy," get a mental image of a Woody Allen-type character spending countless years on a therapist's couch with little or no improvement in the original problem.

Helping Your Child Deal with Events in Japan

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on March 17, 2011 in People Skills
Adults need to help children deal with events such as those in Japan.

Thoughts That Keep You Up at Night - And How to Fix Them

Though there are now an infinity of thoughts to keep people up at night, some are rather common - and sometimes have simple fixes.

Anne Cleveland has "Fortytude"

By Sarah Brokaw LSCW, PCC on March 16, 2011 in Fortytude

Grief complicated by the loss of a best friend

Dear Irene, My best friend and I had a major falling out 4½ years ago shortly after the death of my two-year-old son. At the time I was so deep in grief and my judgment so impaired that I did not apologize for behavior on my part that led to our breakup.

Passive Aggressive Behavior in Kids: Intentional Inefficiency at Chore Time

Many children learn early on that compliant defiance is a more effective and satisfying option than open rebellion.

Trauma, Loss and Recovery from the Inside Out

The key to recovering from trauma and loss is learning to live with life never being the same again.

The Angry Smile at Work: Passive Aggressive Behavior at the Office

A Philly pizza shop owner learns firsthand how vulnerable businesses are to damaging acts of passive aggression.  

Bullies & Victims - Types I, II and III

By Harold N. Levinson M.D. on March 15, 2011 in Freud's Missing Links


By Shoshana Bennett Ph.D. on March 15, 2011 in Mommy Mental Health

Doink Doink! Casting an Academic Eye on "Law and Order"

I just returned from the annual meetings of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities (ASLCH) in Las Vegas. I know, what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but I couldn't resist blogging about one session in particular: "20 Years of Law and Order."

The Moral Instinct

By Scott M. James Ph.D. on March 14, 2011 in Mind and Morals
Some moral psychologists are now maintaining that children exhibit a moral competence that outstrips the limited (and confusing) moral input from their environment.

Proposed DSM-5 Changes for ADHD

As with many of the disorders in the DSM-5, new diagnostic criteria and classifications are being proposed and reviewed. This includes proposed changes to the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

What Do Chinese Americans Think of Amy Chua’s Tiger Mother?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on March 14, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
In reviews of Amy Chua’s “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” on, Chinese Americans express much more dislike for the book than do other reviewers. They are more likely than are other reviewers to see Chua’s parenting methods as cruel, to see her values as misdirected, and to believe that she unfairly stereotypes Chinese mothers.