Essential Reads

When Adults Struggle With Their Relationships

At holidays, the focus is on family - some siblings do not get along though

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

Teachers, professors, employers, parents, & students explain students’ problems.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Being Resilient in Times of Threat

Why Are Kids Sexting?

The leading pundits tell us not to worry, just chill. The pundits are wrong.

Recent Posts on Parenting

Want to Be Happy? 5 Ways to Handle Anger

Angry A lot? Not Angry Enough? Anger can ruin a marriage or destroy a love affair. Holding back anger can do the same. Want to be happy? Here's some pointers that can really help.

Protecting Schools

With all the debate about arming teachers for safer schools, a former FBI agent who is currently a security consultant discusses the pros and cons.

Living with Parents: Stunted Development or Opportunity?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 30, 2013 Singletons
Are young adults living at home prolonging adolescence or building stronger bonds?

Ten Faces of Love in Quotes and Words

Love is not just a feeling, a thought, a spiritual state, or an action, but a combination of all of these. Using the words of philosophers and writers and some modern science, this article provides a sophisticated, yet understandable perspective on the nature of love. Understanding love better can help us to bring more love into our lives and experience it more mindfully.

Evolution and the Psychopath

Could there be a cultural component to the continued presence of psychopaths among us? The complex interplay of traumatic environments and deadly genes could be responsible.

Why Both Old and New Friends Are Essential for Happiness

One of life’s great gifts is that there’s no taboo against having multiple best friends. You don’t have to go into family court to explain or defend yourself. Nobody says “What? You’ve had 20 friends in 20 years? That’s terrible. How could you?”


The toddler years provide spectacular opportunities for enhancing intellectual and emotional development. Language is a large part of this, opening up an entire new world of growth during the early years. And to hear a toddler begin to talk is an astonishing and poignant moment.

Personality In the Bedroom

The personality you bring into the bedroom reflects a lifetime of experiences that have shaped your attitudes not only toward sex, but toward yourself and all close relationships. A review of 20 years of research highlights how your attachment style relates to people's reasons for having sex, sexual dysfunction, frequency, and satisfaction.

The Achievement Gap Between Privileged and Poor

Children whose prefrontal cortexes are stressed by poverty, highly dysfunctional environments, or major abuse have trouble regulating their thoughts and mediating their behavior. This was shown in a program where poor youth were given special attention and sent to an excellent high school. They got into college but few graduated.

Is Wanting a Pink Tutu Hardwired?

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on January 29, 2013 Love, Inc
Liberals used to believe that biology was not destiny. Now they embrace biological determinism to explain everything from homosexuality to why little girls dress up like princesses. Where did this bad romance between liberals and biology come from and isn't it time to break them up?

Even Barbie Has a Tattoo—So Why Do They Still Shock?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on January 29, 2013 Open Gently
Body art has gone mainstream--a form of self-expression with less and less potential to shock. The desire to alter the body goes back to the first forms of art.

Mentoring Youth Matters

What does it take to positively influence the life of one young person? Actually, no super human qualities are necessary -- just time, caring, and the right kind of support. Learn what teens say about their best mentors and why adults matter.

Karen Dionne: Faith and a Box Full of Clock Parts

By Jennifer Haupt on January 28, 2013 One True Thing
"Faith in yourself and your abilities is not the same as self-confidence. There’s not a writer on the planet who doesn’t suffer from massive insecurity and self-doubt. And yet we are compelled to push forward..."

Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life: A Must-Read

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on January 28, 2013 Homo Consumericus
A compelling aspect of evolutionary psychology is its ability to explain endless phenomena in our daily lives from the most mundane to the most profound. Doug Kenrick’s recently released paperback “Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life” strikes the perfect balance in explaining deep evolutionary principles in an engaging and highly entertaining style.

The Perils of BMI Screening

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on January 28, 2013 A Million Meals
Some twenty states require BMI or similar screening, and nine recommend either BMI screening or a formal fitness assessment that includes a body composition component. This decision may appear as innocuous as the principle of “healthy eating,” but it can be equally damaging.

The 10 Best Security Tools for School Violence Prevention

It takes a team to run our schools and districts; it will take a team to respond to the school violence issue.

Adolescence and Self-Dissatisfaction

Adolescents have multiple causes for self-dissatisfaction, and when statement of this kind are expressed, parents should pay attention. There might be issues at stake that are more serious than just a passing complaint.

6 Lessons We Can Learn From Eastern Chinese Medicine

A Harvard emergency physician visits China and is astounded by what she learns about Eastern medicine--and the lessons it has for patient care in the U.S.

Simple Ways to Calm a Crying Baby

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 27, 2013 Moral Landscapes
“My baby is only happy in my arms, the minute I put her down she cries.”

How to Strengthen Your Bonds With Your Kids

Bonding with our kids is something that most recognize as essential. However, how do you really know that you're bonding with your kids? What are the essential markers of bonding--and what is the take-away that your kids need to gain from you? Check out whether you are conveying the four messages that strengthen and confirm your bond with your children.

Applying Kinsey's Sexual Orientation Model to Families

When you talk to your partner about the possibility of having children, unless you are both strongly in favor of having children or strongly opposed to having children, consider discarding the question “Do we want to have children or not?”

What Have We Done For the Autism Community Lately?

What have we done for the autism community? Angry parents direct that question at the IACC, the CDC, NIH and Autism Speaks every day. They say we’ve spent hundreds of millions in research, and talked about all our great accomplishments in research, yet the lives of the autistic people around them are not one bit better. How come?

Teen Binge Drinking: All Too Common

One of the most widely available drugs on the market, alcohol, is making headline news again as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) releases a report that one in five high school girls engage in binge drinking.

Managing Your Tendency Toward Doom and Zoom Thinking

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 25, 2013 Ambigamy
Doom and Zoom: Persistent doubts within a campaign that seem doomed to stay unresolved can often cause us to zoom out to larger doubts about the campaign and even about the campaigner--dreaded self-doubt if it's your campaign. Here are some suggestions for managing the tendency toward Doom and Zoom thinking.

Stop Focusing on Your Performance

By Peter Bregman on January 25, 2013 How We Work
living life as a performance is not only a recipe for stress and unhappiness; it also leads to mediocre performance.

The Four Agreements

In his best-selling book The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz discusses some basic self-limiting beliefs that deprive us of joy and create unnecessary suffering.

Language and the Power of Speech

We all know that – as the poet said – ‘the times they are a-changing’.

Receive Generosity

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on January 25, 2013 Your Wise Brain
Focus on what others communicate, and try to receive that as a valuable offering. Open your mind to the good that is implicit or down deep in the other person, even if you don’t like the way it has come out.

What is Your Teen Doing Right?

Writing a list of the things your teen is doing right may help you get out of the 'parenting' mindset and help you parent more effectively.