Essential Reads

Work-Family Conflict... and Its Far Prettier Sister

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Moderating
Are you overlooking the gifts of work-family enrichment?

Are You Your Millennial Child’s New Spouse?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Singletons
More young adults are moving home than are getting married or living on their own. Here are 6 ways to the smooth transition.

3 New Findings On Human Intelligence

The latest insights on intelligence, imagination, potential causes for the rise in IQ scores over the years, and how behavioral genetics is related to education and grit.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Identity Experimentation in Early and Mid Adolescence

Adolescence is partly about experimentation with self-definition to try out and find out what identity truly fits.

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Education: Real Public Education Reform Starts at Home

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 22, 2010 in The Power of Prime
To his credit, Davis Guggenheim's new documentary Waiting for Superman has generated real buzz far outside the usual sphere. Unfortunately, to his fault, his film is also a biased, revisionist, and propagandist take on what really ails public education in America.

The Virtue of Thankfulness

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 22, 2010 in Ethics for Everyone
Gratitude is important in a variety of ways, related to God, parents, excellent human beings, and finally those who have benefitted us.

Take a Time Out from Technology

By Brett P. Kennedy Psy.D. on November 22, 2010 in The Digital Self

When Did Children's Birthday Parties Become so Complicated?

The details, the reservations, the expenses--but most of all, the guest list!  It just dawned on me how truly important some of this can be...

Professional Caregiver: Heal Thyself!

Family caregivers are overwhelmed and underappreciated. I am preaching to the choir when I say that. As we talk about the "sanwich generation" or the "club sandwich" generation should not we also be aiming our attention back to the mirror an be speaking about "The Clinical Sandwich" generation, as well?

Family Therapy for the Holidays

By Jacqueline Hudak M.Ed., Ph.D., L on November 21, 2010 in FamilyLife
 Like ghosts in the night, old family issues, long dormant, reappear at holiday time. 

Will your sibling be serving up salt in your wounds at Thanksgiving dinner?

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on November 21, 2010 in Mom Loves You Best
The pressure cooker to make things right demands that  professionals who have a background in aging  not only understand the value and the process of forgiveness but use it as a tool with midlife siblings and aging parents,  before death stops the clock.

What's Up with the Palins and Sex?

By Stanton Peele on November 21, 2010 in Addiction in Society
Bistol Palin has eliminated sex from her life and, while appearing in sexual provocative outfits in front of a national television audience, advises others to follow her lead.

Are autistic girls being misdiagnosed?

By Jonathan Levy on November 20, 2010 in The Interactive World
A new study from the University of Exeter has found that boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls, even when the symptoms are equally severe. An article about the study is here: This raises interesting questions. Are boys more likely to be diagnosed autistic because it's a 'male disorder'?

Are Teen Girls Texting Too Much?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on November 20, 2010 in Sax on Sex
 The average teen girl now sends 4,050 text messages a month.

Punished for crossing gender lines

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. A day set aside to recognize and honor the lives lost to transphobia. Transphobia happens in many ways and impacts many folks in addition to transgender people. This post will discuss some recent examples as well as some interesting educational interventions to help challenge limiting gender stereotypes.

Politics and You: Solution or Problem

By Jonathan H. Ellerby Ph.D. on November 20, 2010 in Inspiration Deficit Disorder

Time Calls Marriage a ‘Luxury Yacht.’ Remember What Happened on the Last Cruise Ship?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 20, 2010 in Living Single
A Time cover story asks "who needs marriage" but never discusses single life. And about that cruise ship...

a new life

By Abby Sher on November 19, 2010 in Amen, Amen, Amen
where i lose my a good way

Is it time to stand-down from the arms race that is college today?

By Barbara Ray on November 19, 2010 in Adulthood: What's the Rush?
The insidious thing about the education arms race is that it may be "smart for one, but dumb for all."

6 Tips for Overworked Working Mothers

By Joanne Stern Ph.D. on November 19, 2010 in Parenting Is a Contact Sport

Making time for a friend at a different stage of life

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on November 19, 2010 in The Friendship Doctor
My problem is one friend in particular, who accused me of being "stingy" with my time and ungenerous. I was hurt, mostly because she lashed out with such venom. I pointed out to her that she was only making time for me in large group settings and that her full-time job, family, trips, and other activities made it nearly impossible to see her.

Parenting Gifted Children: Self-Awareness, Dismantling, and Seeing Afresh

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on November 18, 2010 in Attention Training
“I see it as a kind of breaking down of structures and making adjustments in building up new structures. I guess one would keep some basic structures in order to live without too much hassle, but other structures need constant adjustment or you stay in a rut.

Are You Restless? Sleep Loss, Irritability, and Violence

There's the young, the old, and the restless - and more and more of them each day.

The Contingency Plan

By Alida Brill on November 18, 2010 in Chronic Healing
Confronted recently by a sudden flare of disease, author Alida Brill was also faced with something else she had not expected. Read more about how to choose friendships that heal not wound. And reflections about why those with chronic conditions do not need to apologize or disappear.

Waiting for the End of the World

By Anneli Rufus on November 18, 2010 in Stuck
An increasing number of Americans -- even intellectual Americans -- now believe the world will end in 2012: not metaphorically, not politically, but literally. According to some interpretations, a calendar created 1,500 years ago predicts a global cataclysm. Believers say it will change the way human beings think.  

Kindergarten—Ready or Not? Should You Redshirt Next Year?

Parents of preschoolers are constantly asking how old their child should be when entering kindergarten. Here's my advise: don't wait until the last minute to make the decision. Your decision, motive, and actions now may shape your child's future--and your own.

Psychology: The Study of the Soul?

By Neal M. Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 18, 2010 in Psychedelic Healing
My purpose here is to bring us back to psychology as the study of the psyche, because it is the earliest, deepest, most authentic part of us. From a psychotherapeutic perspective, the psyche is most influential factor in effecting behavioral change. Not coincidentally, it is also the part of us that we see illuminated during the psychedelic experience...

How To Talk To Your Tween About Periods: A Parent's Guide

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on November 17, 2010 in Owning Pink

Courage and Meaning

By Cynthia Pury Ph.D. on November 17, 2010 in The Courage Chronicles
Would you risk your life for this bear?

Parenting: Raise Independent Children

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 17, 2010 in The Power of Prime
One of your most important goals as a parent is to raise children who become independent and self-reliant people. This process of separation prepares your children for the demands of adulthood. But this progression toward adulthood is not inevitable and is often stymied by well-intentioned, but misguided, parents.