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This is 40: Being Ourselves Even Though We're Married

By Jessica Grogan Ph.D. on December 29, 2012 in Encountering America
Is the structure of marriage and parenthood at odds with the project of being our best selves?

The New Year’s Resolution All Parents Should Make

It’s that time of year again when many of us make New Year’s resolutions. This January, I’m seizing the opportunity to be a better parent. This year, I’m going to play more.

Take my mother-in-law: 6 steps to good in-law relationships

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on December 29, 2012 in Off the Couch
“I love my husband. But his mother…” “Why doesn’t my daughter-in-law like me?” “My brother-in-law ruins every family gathering.” From wedding preparations to holiday celebrations to parenting and childcare, why are in-laws so often nothing but thorns in our sides? Here are six simple, psychologically-based steps for dealing with these difficult family relationships.

The sleep stories of 2012, Part II

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 28, 2012 in Sleep Newzzz
Sleep news highlights from the latter half of 2012 from Dr. Michael Breus.

Dear me: Time to take stock

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on December 28, 2012 in Fixing Families
Periodic self reflection helps you keep your life on track. Now can be a great time to start.

11 Delicious New Novels

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 28, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Some books seem to get most of the attention, but they're not the only ones worth reading, especially if your tastes run to dark, or quirky, or challenging.

Five Extraordinary Things That Happened to Education in 2012

By Nikhil Goyal on December 28, 2012 in The Learning Revolution
It’s been quite an incredible year in the education space. Let’s get over the fads and understand that learning is best done through doing, creating, and exploring.

Do You Know that Your Child Is Sexual Too!

Do you know your child's sexual needs? By understanding and responding to your child's sexual needs you help to establish his or her healthy sexual self and set them on the path toward self confidence.

5 Reachable Resolutions for a Healthy Mind

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on December 28, 2012 in Compassion Matters
Filtering our personal goals through a self-critical lens only sets us up for failure. With that in mind, I propose a new list of deeply rewarding and reachable resolutions. These activities have been proven to benefit us on every level, increasing both the quality and length of our lives.

Mindfulness as a Tool

By Amy J.L. Baker Ph.D. on December 28, 2012 in Caught Between Parents
Six ways that mindfulness can help you as a targeted parent

Overcoming Neediness

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 28, 2012 in The Intelligent Divorce
Has your partner become clingy? Or, is it happening to you? Advice and tips on how to get over it.

Surviving Guilt: Next Steps at Sandy Hook

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on December 27, 2012 in Face It
Survivors of tragedies struggle in ways that most people find hard to understand. The emotions are complex and confusing. The feelings depend upon on the psychological makeup of the individual involved and vary depending on the nature of the traumatic event -- but one emotion felt by many is guilt.

Is Science Value-Free? An Experimental Study

By Joshua Knobe on December 27, 2012 in Experiments in Philosophy
An experimental study run on more than 1,000 scientists shows that their value judgments actually have a surprising influence on the way they decide whether a trait is 'innate.'

Being Autistic: Acceptance and Understanding

There has been grave misunderstanding of autistic persons. It is time to go beyond autism awareness to acceptance.

5 Reasons Not To Be Afraid Because We’ve Never Been Safer

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on December 27, 2012 in Owning Pink
There’s copious scientific proof that fear and anxiety harm almost every organ.

The Sleep Stories of 2012, Part I

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 27, 2012 in Sleep Newzzz
A highlight of the best sleep advice of 2012 from Dr. Michael Breus.

Turning Your Sex Life Around in 2013

By Pamela Madsen on December 27, 2012 in Shameless Woman
"Do you believe that lost desire can be reclaimed? Specifically, in a long, happy enough marriage, where sexual desire and satisfaction used to exist, can we find a new way to pleasure when it's been gone for a while?"

Newtown, Connecticut: From Fear to Hope

By Anthony Scioli Ph.D. on December 27, 2012 in Hope Today
Was Adam Lanza suffering from Hopelessness?

Osteoporosis and Male Anorexia Nervosa

By Tom Wooldridge, PsyD. on December 26, 2012 in The Forgotten Gender
When the lay public and health professionals think of osteoporosis, they think of post-menopausal women. However, there is increasing recognition that osteoporosis frequently occurs as a result of the malnutrition associated with anorexia nervosa. And because osteoporosis is associated with women, it is often forgotten in males with the disorder.

Nighttime Worries Worst in Middle Age

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 26, 2012 in Sleep Newzzz
Possibly one of the most frequent cause of sleep disruption is worry. While all ages can experience this sleep nuisance, it is especially troubling in middle age. What can you do to combat worry from keeping you from a good night's sleep?

Parenting is Good for Your Health

By Robin Marantz Henig on December 26, 2012 in Cusp
After a holiday of excessive family togetherness, the findings of a recent study from Denmark might be met with a certain amount of skepticism -- that having children actually makes their parents live longer. Or at least keeps them from dying young.

15 New Year's Resolutions for Millennials

By Peg Streep on December 26, 2012 in Tech Support
A few light-hearted (but nonetheless true) suggestions to make the Millennial road a little less bumpy in 2013...

Success Equals Talent Plus Luck

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on December 26, 2012 in Am I Right?
The role of talent is that when chance places before us what we need, we can use what we find

Cuddling Is So Important, It May Be Worth Paying For

By Pamela Regan Ph.D. on December 25, 2012 in The Science of Love
A café just opened in Japan where lonely, contact-starved customers can pay for a cuddle. Sounds crazy, right? Maybe not – the need for physical contact is fundamentally human.

New York Times Article Missed the Mark for Divorced Exes!

Pamela Paul's article, titled vs., is about new online software for divorced couples that allows them to communicate solely via email and text. The article promotes the vision of divorced couples warring mercilessly.

Make Midlife Friendships: Not Always Easy

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 25, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
I seem to have problems sustaining friendships. I must be doing something wrong. I don’t feel that I am insecure or depressed or even needy! But after a few months my new friendships seem to just stop.

Could I Be a Pedophile? The Worst Kind of OCD

OCD is much broader and more debilitating than most realize. Of all the forms OCD takes, worries about becoming a pedophile may be the hardest to face.

9 Ways to Ask For (and Get) What You Want

Do you have trouble asking for the things you want? Many people are intimidated by the prospect of stating their needs to others, especially in the notoriously sensitive areas such as money, sex, and interpersonal relationships. This 9-step guide will give you some psychology-tested solutions to these common challenges.

Have a Happy (and Fair) Holiday Season

By Camille S. Johnson on December 24, 2012 in It's All Relative
Gift exchanges can be fraught with tension. Learn how to fair doesn't mean equal, and how Christmas gifts can become year-end bonuses in relationships.

Christmas Spirit - Bring It On!

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 24, 2012 in The Intelligent Divorce
Darkness is at its peak. We just experienced Newtown. Many of us are struggling and worried. Even Congress is ruptured. For one day, light comes into the darkness. Let's see how Christmas be a force for change.