Essential Reads

The Adjustment of Adoptees

Studying the behavior and adjustment of adopted children

7 Ways to Combat Facebook Jealousy

Envy on social media is real and depressing; here's how to fight it.

Socioeconomic Factors Impact a Child's Brain Structure

Family income and parental education are linked to a child's brain development.

Adoption in the Life of Steve Jobs

Both genes and environment help account for Jobs's success.

Recent Posts on Parenting

What Are You Avoiding? Behaviors That Maintain Anorexia

By Nancy Matsumoto on March 14, 2013 in Eating Disorders News
A new adaptation of acceptance-based therapy helps replace rigid, avoidant behavior with more accepting, flexible behaviors.

Giftedness Should Not Be Confused With Mental Disorder

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 14, 2013 in Saving Normal
Being gifted can sometimes be a curse as well as a benefit, especially if it is mislabeled as mental disorder.

Infants Can Eat Eggs (and Peanuts, Too)!

Standard advice to delay giving infants highly allergenic foods such as peanuts and eggs may make allergies worse.

How to Get People to Do Stuff

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on March 14, 2013 in Brain Wise
There are 7 basic drivers of human motivation. Do you know what they are and how they affect human behavior?

Communicate or Stagnate: Next Generation Communication

By Tim Elmore on March 14, 2013 in Artificial Maturity
Technology is changing the way we interact and communicate. If we want to connect with the next generation, changing our methods can produce dramatic results.

Introducing a New Psychological Strength: Time Shepherds

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on March 13, 2013 in Curious?
Want access to new ideas to end the trite and appallingly boring rehashed discussions about mindfulness? Want to learn about a new character strength that I refer to as Time Shepherding? Then read on.

The Art of Parenting

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on March 13, 2013 in A Million Meals
Having spent years in academia, and all my free time on the ephemeral art of performance, I realized that I couldn't remember the last time I produced something tangible to show for all my hard work.

The Narcissistic Father

You're not that happy despite everything you've done. Did your Dad have a narcissistic attitude? It may be time to set yourself free.

The Eyes of the Tornado

By Amy Przeworski Ph.D. on March 13, 2013 in Don't Worry, Mom
What a tornado's googly eyes taught me about perfectionism and happiness

Violent Video Games and Adam Lanza's Inner World—Part 2

It seems fair to say that Adam Lanza was an avid gamer, one who had few friends in real life and relied on these games for connection to the outer world.

“Girls” Gets OCD

By Fletcher Wortmann on March 13, 2013 in Triggered
It makes me wonder how many sufferers don’t ask for help with OCD intrusive thoughts (often sexual or violent) because they’re ashamed or confused.

Is Technology Creating a Family Divide?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on March 13, 2013 in The Power of Prime
There is little doubt that technology is affecting family relationships on a day-to-day level. Children are instant messaging, checking their social media, listening to music, surfing the Web, and playing video games. Parents can be equally guilty, often wrapped up in their own technology, for example, talking on their mobile phones, checking email, or watching TV.

What's Missing in the Sandberg Debate

By Leslie C. Bell Ph.D., LCSW on March 13, 2013 in Hard to Get
It’s high time for a truce between Sheryl Sandberg and Anne-Marie Slaughter. The argument between these two, and their stand-ins, doesn’t serve young women grappling with their historically unprecedented freedoms. What the young women I’ve spoken with yearn for is guidance in how to build satisfying relationships at the same time that they advance their careers.

Trauma: Childhood Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a particularly sinister type of trauma because of the shame it instills in the victim. With childhood sexual abuse, victims are often too young to know how to express what is happening and seek out help. When not properly treated, this can result in a lifetime of PTSD, depression and anxiety.

5 Things You Need to Know About Your Teenager’s Depression

Teenage depression is not normal and should be addressed. There are numerous possible causes and treatments. Educate yourself so you can get your child the best most appropriate care.

What Do We Owe a Dying Parent?

By Ariel Gore on March 12, 2013 in Women and Happiness
I didn’t want to take care of my mother. But I knew I would. I’d join 65 million other Americans—almost 30 percent percent of the U.S. population—who care for an ill, disabled, or aging friend or family member. These “informal caregivers” offer an average of 20 hours a week in unpaid labor and more than $5,000 a year in out-of-pocket expenditures.

Letting Go of Toxic People

The choice to exclude a person or experience from your life can be the more compassionate choice -- for yourself.

Whiny Kids and the Naturalistic Fallacy

Can evolutionary psychology help us better understand the nature of whining? That's like asking if math can help you balance your check book. Short answer - you bet!

Seeking Unschooled Adults to Tell Us About Their Experiences

By Peter Gray on March 12, 2013 in Freedom to Learn
Do you know anyone, age 18 or older, who was “unschooled” for a period that covered, at least, what would have been their last two years of high school? If so, please invite them into this survey.

5 Ways to End a Bad Relationship for Good

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on March 12, 2013 in In Love and War
Sometimes we find ourselves in relationships that make us miserable more than they make us happy, relationships that we know in our hearts are not right, yet still have a hold on us. Here are some strategies you may not have considered before for ending things for good and getting on with your life.

The Bat of the Shadow: Batman's Role Models

Who were Batman's role models? Which theories in psychology might best address the ways in which people in life (his parents, their butler, a pacifist physician), fictional masked men of mystery (Zorro, the Shadow), and others influenced this frightened boy who, praying by his bedside a few nights after his parents died before his very eyes, became an avenger on a mission?

Visiting Sensory Shangri-La

By Lynne Soraya on March 11, 2013 in Asperger's Diary
In the autism community, we hear a lot about sensory aversions, and the overload that they can cause. In my last two posts, I talked about the way these experiences can have unexpected consequences, both in the classroom, and in the wider adult world. What we don’t often hear about is the flip side of this – when sensory experiences attract, rather than repel.

13.4 Million Reasons NOT to Ban Telework

By Nanette Fondas on March 11, 2013 in WorkLife Matters
American workers needs telework and other flexible work options to balance work and family, reduce stress, increase productivity, and thrive in today's 24/7 globalized economy.

Joe Kennedy: First Father

By Stanton Peele on March 11, 2013 in Addiction in Society
Joe Kennedy had his flaws -- but what an amazing parent!

The Like Trail

By Matthew Hutson on March 11, 2013 in Psyched!
A paper published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows just how revealing Facebook Likes can be.

TV Reality or Reality TV for Children?

For the sake of their children, parents need to assert themselves. In spite of public discussion suggesting there is an open question, a clear body of evidence defines the negative effects of media on children. Since educating parents to cut down on screen time has not made enough of a difference, perhaps the discussion needs to skew towards managing media content instead.

The Falling Shoe Syndrome

By Andrea Fox on March 11, 2013 in Imperfect Mothers
Most moms have childhood wounds that resurface in their parenting, and it often happens subconsciously, in a blink of an eye.

Is it Rational to Have a Child? Can Psychology Tell Us?

By Tania Lombrozo Ph.D. on March 11, 2013 in Explananda
A controversial new paper by philosopher L.A. Paul considers whether decisions about life-transforming experiences, such as whether to have a child, can be made rationally. I explain the argument and consider whether psychological evidence about the relative happiness and life satisfaction of those with and without children offers a solution.

More Normal Parenting for Sleep

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on March 11, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Wouldn’t it be nice if infants and children wanted to sleep exactly where we wanted to put them on a given day?

4 Reasons Kindness and Good Manners Are the Best Revenge

Miss Manners is proper but never coy; she addresses the important issues without subtlety. “If you are rude to your ex-husband’s new wife at your daughter’s wedding, you will make her feel smug. Comfortable. If you are charming and polite, you will make her feel uncomfortable. Which do you want to do?”