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Suicide as a Form of Homicide

Multiple characters operate in acts of self-harm.

"Is Adolescence Really Necessary?"

Surprised by early adolescence, parents wonder if their child's changes need be.

Here is a Powerful Acronym to Help Your Child Manage Stress!

Giving your child essential skills to succeed in life.

Why Are Little Girls' Halloween Costumes Still So Sexy?

The Hot-and-Sexy trend for girls' Halloween costumes and why it's concerning

Recent Posts on Parenting

What Moves Us

By Neal Roese on March 07, 2013 In Hindsight
Life regrets give us a unique way to think about core motives, or what moves us as human beings. What is the one primary motive that moves us?

Relationships and Stress

Your relationship can help reduce stress in your life rather than add to it. Here are some tips on how a couple has achieved this and some pointers on how you can too.

You're a Caregiver, You're a Hero, and You're Exhausted

Are you a caregiver? Whether the burden is divorce, dementia or illness, you're stepping up. And, now you are exhausted. Here are 9 ways to take care of you, so you can take care of them.

Are You Promotion or Prevention-Focused?

Why is it so hard to be good with both the big ideas and with the details? Why is the “spontaneous” one in any couple usually not the one who balances the checkbook? And which one are you? Find out why.

Give Us A Kid Till She's 7 and We'll Have Her For Life

Food policy is health policy — especially for kids.

I Fear For My Students: The Culture of Adderall

When you believe a drug will make you MORE successful and not less, what's the incentive not to use it? A culture that expects everyone to develop in lock step and all students to be top of the class does not foster growth or learning.

Raise a Sensitive Child

The ability to put yourself in the place of another, feelings and all, evolves throughout childhood, and there are ways you can help consolidate the trait of empathy in your own child.

The Pleasures and Perils of Being a "Bad Girl"

One of the apparent advantages of being a bad girl is that it’s supposed to be fun. There can be pleasure in defying others’ expectations, breaking the rules, and upsetting tradition. And there can be pleasure in having no messy emotional consequences, no attachments, no settling down, and no guilt about sex. But is it really so much fun?

Passive Aggressive Minds Think Alike

One of the most common sources of family conflict has to do with sibling jealousies and all of the ways that envy rears its ugly head through passive aggressive behaviors.

Sexual Access and Paternal Care

Males may provide parental care to cultivate sexual access to a child's mother. Paternal care can, in some cases, be a form of mating effort. But in other cases males provide paternal care without any direct sexual incentive.

Leaving Your Childhood Behind to Become a Better Parent

As parents, it’s incredibly important not to project our own negative life experiences onto our children. How can we recognize our kids as the independent individuals they are and resist repeating hurtful patterns from our past?

How to Be Resilient

By Scott Haas on March 06, 2013 Shrink in the Kitchen
Resiliencies are what we bring our patients. How do we do it?

Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life

By Carl Alasko Ph.D. on March 06, 2013 Beyond Blame
Facing how our beliefs limit us

PTSD and Eating Disorders

Studies have demonstrated statistically significant links between patients who suffered abuse and the later development of an eating disorder. One of the primary purposes of eating disorder symptomatology is to avoid and cope with painful, disquieting or uncomfortable feelings or affect. The eating disorder serves both to distance oneself from these feelings or states as

Can vitamins help prevent the next Newtown?

Can good nutrition and vitamins help prevent the next Newtown-type shooting? There is some compelling research that suggests we should start dumping the chicken nuggets and fries and start looking more at good nutrition and possibly supplements to help raise happy and balanced kids.

Can Parents Afford to Make Mistakes?

Why is that kids sometimes hold on to flip comments that parents make? Are we, as parents, given any leeway? Can’t parents get frustrated, or are we to be held accountable for every word that flows from our lips?

Mommy, Chill Out

My mom always told me that she hoped that I had a child just like me one day. Turns out that her wish came true...

Joe Kennedy's (JFK's Dad's) Good Affair

By Stanton Peele on March 05, 2013 Addiction in Society
How did straight-edged Catholic Joseph Patrick Kennedy conduct for years a positive affair with such a prominent figure as Clare Boothe Luce?

Creativity, Education, Delaying College or Not Going At All

Anxiety about college admissions is taking a toll on children and families. But college may not be the best investment in the current culture. There are great alternatives which can lead to contentment, security and success.

Why Some People Can't Stop Bragging

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 05, 2013 Singletons
Science helps to explain why we brag so much. Or, is it just human nature to brag about ourselves or our children?

The Numbing Effect of Media Violence

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on March 05, 2013 Am I Right?
Cultural change takes place when people say enough. And evidence shows that we’ve had more than enough of violence. It is making us coarser, harsher and less humane.

Will the Bachelor Finally Find "The One"?

ABC's hit reality show "The Bachelor" gives one man a chance to find the love of his life amount 25 women. If it's such a good formula, how come less than twenty percent of those matches work out? And what can it teach us about being happy with the one you picked!

The Scarlet Letter S: Getting Branded For Being Single

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 04, 2013 Living Single
Amidst all of the discussion of the official forms of discrimination against singles, there is, suggests guest blogger Diane Torre, an under-appreciation of varieties of singlism that plague singles in everyday life. Hurtful comments and unkind assumptions about people who are single are rampant, and perpetrators are not self-conscious about acting in these cruel ways.

What Do You Really Want?

What could be better than a good night's sleep?

Crazy About Gun Control

While trying to address the issue of gun control is no easy task, it doesn’t mean progressives have to bask unconsciously in their own projections and mini-psychoses. It’s time for less logic and more “psycho-logic.”

How Contempt Destroys Relationships

What is it about snide remarks and dismissive listening that make them so potently destructive? What causes their impact on loved ones such as a spouse or children, and even on work associates, to be so relationship-shattering?

Escaping Parental Control

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 04, 2013 The Human Beast
A century ago, most parents dictated who their children socialized with, supervised their meetings with romantic companions, prevented premarital intercourse, and ensured that the young people married suitable individuals. Matters are very different today. Children are less pliant, less empathic, more independent.

What Not to Say to Grieving Friends

Whenever I write about how to be a friend to a friend who’s sick, my definition of illness also includes people who are “sick at heart,” especially those grieving the loss of a loved one.

Put Away Your iPhone!

By Susan Engel Ph.D. on March 04, 2013 Young Minds
iphones are replacing invaluable parent child interactions.

How to Respond to Verbal Bullying

"Assertiveness and compassion is a tough combination to master if you believe that others are supposed to be nice to you, the combination is even next to impossible to master if you further believe that those who are not nice to you should get in trouble. The mentality to master is one of humility."