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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The Uncertainty Curse

By Anneli Rufus on March 28, 2011 in Stuck
If your parent is mentally ill yet has never been diagnosed, you grow up never knowing why he or she suffers all day, every day. You believe you can make him or her happy if you just try hard enough. Your parent's paranoia, rage, delusions, sorrow, and/or suicidal urges are your "normal." His or her horror is yours.

Are Americans getting dumber?

By Ray Williams on March 28, 2011 in Wired for Success
Is the American populace getting dumber? So say critics who see this as part of America's current decline.

Infertility: Do You Wear A Scarlet Letter?

By Connie Shapiro PhD on March 28, 2011 in When You're Not Expecting
For those of us with infertility, the letter "I" can be a prominent symbol in our lives: sometimes public -- sometimes not. And we have many choices about how to "wear" that symbol in our relationships.

Back From Betrayal - An Airtight Formula

To err is human, to take full responsibility for it, face and pay all the consequences, is divine

Re-viewing Movies and the “Already-scene”

By William Irwin Ph.D. on March 25, 2011 in Plato on Pop
Reception depends largely on expectations. So why do we re-view movies and television programs? Does an “already scene” the shower stabbing in Psycho diminish our enjoyment of a movie?

Enthusiastic Spouses Have Happy Marriages

Last summer when my brother was getting married, I inundated him with the science of happily married couples. I wanted to give him a guide to not making the mistakes I had made. My “best woman” toast was very nearly a litany of advice.

"I Relish Time Alone, the Years of Parenting Toddlers Was Difficult for Me"

By Gretchen Rubin on March 25, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I spend a great deal of timing mulling over the relationship between happiness and money, which I think is one of the most complicated and emotionally charged topics within the larger subject of happiness.

Polyamory and Children

By Deborah Anapol Ph.D. on March 25, 2011 in Love Without Limits
Most of the young adults I know who were raised in child-centered polyamorous families end up giving a higher priority to bonding and sustained intimacy than to freedom when forced to choose.

Sucker Punch Misses

By Ethan Gilsdorf on March 24, 2011 in Geek Pride
The Sweet 16 set may get off on the “grrrrrl power” theme of "Sucker Punch," and not a few boys will dig the upskirt action shots mixed with oodles of cartoon violence. But the cocktail of comic book clichés is too sour to swallow.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Early Development

By Perry R. Branson M.D. on March 24, 2011 in ShrinkWrapped
Borderline Personality Disorder is complicated, difficult to live with and treat. However, it is comprehensible and its understanding has relevance for a great many problems facing us today.

Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie - Goddesses from Different Eras

By Stanton Peele on March 24, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Elizabeth Taylor died as the last of the great film goddesses. It is interesting to contrast her life with perhaps her closest contemporary equivalent, Angelina Jolie.

Why You Dislike Multi-Tasking

By Susan Cain on March 23, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
A cocktail party is the ultimate act of multi-tasking, and introverts' brains multi-task less efficiently (but focus better on single tasks) than those of extroverts.

Double Duty: When Parent & Child Share Attention Deficit Disorder

By Katherine Ellison on March 23, 2011 in Pay Attention
A parent's distraction is the elephant in the room when we talk about ADHD.

The Mixer

By Leslie Daniels on March 23, 2011 in The Story in the Story

Phone Friends: An extinct species?

Be honest. Do you cringe when the phone rings?

Access to Pornography: Are Parents’ Concerns Justified?

Computers with web access are part of young people’s lives, yet they also pose undefined dangers.