Essential Reads

“The Best Day Ever!” Positive Parenting

Parenting skills, positive psychology, child development, meaning, engagement, achievement, and positive relationships.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and the Power of Personal Challenge

When it comes to facing and creating challenges growing up, a young person never knows all they can do until they try.

Why So Many Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Living Single
For the first time ever, more young adults are living with their parents than with a spouse or partner. One of the most interesting reasons for this is rarely mentioned.

The Infant “Crying It Out” Debate: Chapter 615

A new Australian study looks at two different infant sleep interventions and whether they work or cause damage.

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The Psychology of Movie Quotes, Part 2 - Types of Quotes

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on November 05, 2010 in The Media Zone
"Leave the gun and take the cannoli" How many times have I used that line from The Godfather? Frankly, Scarlett, I really don't know. Maybe half-a-dozen times in the 38 years since its release. But, I've used the fabulous line, "every day above ground is a good day," from Oliver Stone's script for Scarface.

Recovery Is in the Eye of the Beholder – The Keith Richards Story

By Stanton Peele on November 05, 2010 in Addiction in Society
Keith Richards has taken every sort of drug, and had every sort of positive and negative reaction that any human being can have to substances.  But he neither plays the addict, nor the recovery model.  He is, simply, Keith Richards, musician, band member, friend and father.

The Big Lie: We teach Spelling in our reading program

Currently three major toxic delivery systems for spelling instruction are infecting American schools. As a parent, you should know what they are selling to your school district and the negative impact they have on your child's literacy education.

Finding a Great Therapist for Your Child

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on November 05, 2010 in Nurturing Resilience
There are many types of effective therapy for children and adolescents. Success, however, depends largely on who the therapist is. When looking for a great therapist for your child, be sure he or she has these five important qualities. 

Why think about ethics?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 05, 2010 in Ethics for Everyone
Some of life's most interesting and important questions are moral questions. Reflecting on these questions and putting those reflections to work in our lives can contribute to our individual welfare as well as the common good.

Is Blaming Parents for "Failure to Launch" a Red Herring?

By Barbara Ray on November 04, 2010 in Adulthood: What's the Rush?
Have we raised a generation too willing to coast along on mom and dad's support? Have we spent too much time raising their self-esteem and not enough time making them face the music? Have we given them everything but made them lazy? I, for one, seriously doubt it.

Your Kid's New Bed Partner

Night is becoming day, and not just for the young.  Prepare for a cyborg future.

Parenting: Expectations of Success: Benefit or Burden

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 04, 2010 in The Power of Prime
Setting expectations for your children is an essential responsibility of parenting. Expectations tell children what's important to you and establish a standard toward which your children can strive. Unfortunately, our current culture of success has convinced many parents to set the wrong kind of expectations.

The Mulch Pile

By Susan Sparks on November 03, 2010 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
Rid yourself of emotional trash and grow something beautiful in its place

The Mommy Madness Mistake

By Michele Weiner-Davis MSW on November 03, 2010 in Divorce Busting
"The best way to avoid the mommy madness mistake is to remember that the single best thing you can do for your children is to put your marriage first."

Unseen and unnoticed: women and sex addiction

Often when people research, report on, or write about sexual addiction, female sex addicts are overlooked or ignored. While there are likely many reasons for this, it is in large part due to myths that we hold in our culture about women and sex addiction.

Contemporary sexuality and the Brazilian wax

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on November 03, 2010 in SexualityToday
In the future, when the sexual history of our times is written, it might be concluded that one of the more interesting events of the early Twenty First Century was the disappearance of young women’s pubic hair.    

Why the Dallas Cowboys Suck

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on November 02, 2010 in Reel Therapy
It’s time to find out which Psychology Today readers are also football fanatics. The following is my annual post on psychology in sports (as seen on television and, hence, within the jurisdiction of media). The most striking narrative of the 2010 national football season thus far has been the demise of the heavily hyped Dallas Cowboys...

Jocks, Brains, Populars: Crowds' Effects On You

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on November 02, 2010 in The Modern Teen
Chances are, if you attended a public high school in the United States, or in several other Western nations, then you know all about the Brains, the Populars, the Druggies, and the Jocks.

A New Perspective on Sex Education

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on November 02, 2010 in As You Like It
Today's sex education is no more about the sexuality that teens are dealing with than creationism is about biology.

Popular BPD Treatment Not a Miracle Cure

By Randi Kreger on November 02, 2010 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
I am not against Dialectical Behavior Therapy—I refer the right patients to it all the time. But we need to take a closer look at what the treatment can and cannot do, and why.

How Do Children Affect Their Parents' Happiness?

By Gretchen Rubin on November 02, 2010 in The Happiness Project
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how people affect each other with their positivity or negativity. That question presented itself with particular force this Saturday, because my five-year-old woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and by the end of the day, all four of us were in very crabby moods.

Popular Culture: What It Means to Be a Badass

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 01, 2010 in The Power of Prime
I was recently contacted by a web site that was interested in exploring the meaning of being a badass in modern culture. Not surprisingly, the website had images on the site of heavily muscled men slaying gigantic and terrifying beasts. The editor asked me if I would like to write a post about what being a badass means to me and, intrigued, I accepted.

Reading for Imaginative Play

All the times you read Goodnight Moon, all those hours you and your children spent together with Jim Hawkins in search of Treasure Island--were they worth it? Children immersed in books from an early age can become good readers. And good readers, recent research tells us, do better in school. But that's not the only reason to make a big deal out of books.

Quick Tips for Sleep

"You say that sleep issues are a major concern for kids today. How can parents use imagination to help their children fall asleep quickly and easily?" 

Cowboys & Indians and the origin of the couch potato

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on November 01, 2010 in Benign Neglect
In village settings around the world, children observe the activities of those older and eavesdrop on their conversations. From these gleanings, children construct scripts for rich play episodes and acquire much knowledge of their culture. But there's a downside: If left unchecked, the passive absorption of information, e.g. TV addiction, can be harmful.

Definition of a successful adult: Part I

By Jennifer L. Tanner Ph.D. on November 01, 2010 in Becoming Adult
This one goes out to you: What does it mean to be a successful adult?