Essential Reads

Parental Alienation and its Repair

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in The Me in We
Parental alienation and how to recover the parent-child relation.

Why Parents Make Us What We Are

Imprinted genes are critically implicated in nurture via their role in the brain and REM sleep.

Unloved Daughters and the Culture of Shame

By Peg Streep on June 23, 2017 in Tech Support
Shame plays many roles in an unloved daughter's life, especially on the road to recovery when the cultural notion of filial obligation becomes yet another obstacle.

Four Reasons Why People Become Empaths: Trauma to Genetics

Why do people become empaths? As a psychiatrist and an empath, I’ve seen that there are four main factors that can contribute to heightening one's sensitivities.

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Reforming Our Obsolete Testing System

By R. Barker Bausell Ph.D. on May 07, 2011 in Too Simple to Fail
Our current tests of school learning are as obsolete as the classroom model of instruction itself. Since we know what causes learning (instruction) and what should be taught in our schools (the curriculum), the assessment of school learning is hardly rocket science.

2 Reasons Why Passive Aggressive Behavior Thrives in Relationships

Why does compliant defiance thrive in most marriages? This article explains two subversive reasons.

What Are You Really Mad At? Using Life Space Crisis Intervention Skills to Help Kids Manage Anger

The use of questions empowers your child to develop insight into his or her self-defeating behavior and to feel competent in developing solutions for the situation.

A Great Gift Idea for Loved Ones: Share Your Stories

By Elise Ballard on May 06, 2011 in Epiphany
Take the opportunity to ask your mothers about their stories or their epiphanies or maybe offer to tell your loved ones a story or two about yourself. As Andrea Buchanan, author of Note to Self and Live and Let Love, says, "If you can tell your story, you will heal yourself, and you'll help others do the same," and what greater gift could you give to the ones you love?
The Legacy of Phoebe Prince

The Legacy of Phoebe Prince

By Mona Gable on May 06, 2011 in Not Politics as Usual

Mother's Day Thoughts: What's Funny, and What's Not?

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on May 06, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
Myths, Humor, and "Jokes" about Mothers
Least Likely To Succeed

Least Likely To Succeed

By Darcy Sterling Ph.D. on May 06, 2011 in Ask Dr. Darcy
Society is obsessed with a particular type of academic ability while virtually dismissing all other types of intelligence. Our educational system is essentially a mill; a system that loses so many of our kids. Knowing that society depends on diversity, how do we justify our high value on conformity?

Attention Is the Most Basic Form of Love

By James V. Cordova Ph.D. on May 06, 2011 in Living Intimately
There is an epidemic ravaging the health and happiness of American families. We simply have no time for each other. All of our attention is paid elsewhere. One of the most common relationship concerns we have found in our Marriage Checkup study is that partners stop paying attention to each other in the struggle to accomplish the myriad demands of the day.

Happy Birthday, Dead Friend

By Anneli Rufus on May 06, 2011 in Stuck
Today is my friend's birthday. I can't call her or send her a card or even email her, because she's dead. She glided gently from this world, according to the cops who found her body in the cottage where she swallowed too many prescription pills. I can't send her a birthday card. So, as usual, I Googled her.

The Nature of Change

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on May 06, 2011 in In Flux
Life happens, and what happens is something called change. Some changes are the result of biology and the passage of time, within the natural cycle or order of things. Others are self-generated, under our own control and willful effort, or dependent upon encounters with significant others-family, friends, colleagues, and intimates.

DSM-5 Heads’ New Comments Reveal Lack of Compassion and of Respect for Science

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on May 06, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
Human costs, critical thinking about psychiatric diagnosis too often ignored

Fifty Things I Love About My Mother

Parenting isn't just work, a skill, or a tool to optimize child development. It's an expression of who you are.

Childhood Injuries and Deaths: An Ounce of Prevention vs. a Pound of Cure

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on May 05, 2011 in The Older Dad
Early childhood exercise is key to preventing obesity.

The Crazy Button

By Lynn Phillips on May 04, 2011 in Dream On
Actor and rock star Meat Loaf could feel his meltdown coming. "My switch is this close. It's going to get ugly if I get angry," Meat Loaf promised team mate Mark McGrath. I say "promised" rather than "warned," because I recognized the signs...

Happy Mother's Day to Mothers Of Basic Decency

Every mother "loses it" sometimes. Even the best mothers do things they really regret. But some mothers do untoward things repeatedly, and some don't regret it at all. I've stopped taking the basic decency I grew up with for granted, and now appreciate how many people haven't had this

Hey Mom! I Love You!

When you’re an author, you write with an audience in mind. I’ve written for couples, singles, gays, straights, therapists, physicians, nurses, students, teachers, and parents. But not once, in any conscious and deliberate fashion, have I written for my mother.
Baby Reading in 1900 versus Today

Baby Reading in 1900 versus Today

Baby reading has changed in 100 years! In this post you can see the power of the computer and its impact upon 21st century baby/toddler reading.
Good Enough Fathers

Good Enough Fathers

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on May 04, 2011 in Therapy Matters

Learning Your Attachment Style Can Light Up Your Life

Have you ever walked through your home when it’s pitch black and stumbled over something? Most likely, you would have stepped over that shoe or walked around that box if the lights were on. But they weren’t. The same thing happens for us psychologically. And one of the invisible obstacles is our style of relating to others.