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With Loving Eyes: Fostering Your Child’s Positive Body Image

When I was a child, I believed my mom was the most beautiful person in the world. She was just as comfortable wearing lipstick and mascara as she was without makeup at all. My memories... Read More

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The Voyage to the Islands: Integrating Experience in Therapy

We carry our answers within us. It’s a matter of realizing that, of looking at things from a different perspective, of putting two and two together. We’re often aware of things... Read More

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Informational Interviews: The Power of a Cup of Coffee

Networking. For the daring and outgoing, the thought may conjure visions of conference cocktail parties and evoke a sense of adventure or the possibility of an exciting professional... Read More

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Now and Zen: Reflections on Time, Acceptance, and Connection

I took a walk to Moonstruck Diner today and met a friend for lunch. It was a pretty good walk, except I went a little too fast and had to slow down to a stroll at the end because I... Read More

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Do You Feel Stuck? Perhaps a ‘Midwife of Change’ Could Help

We all face challenges. Some dilemmas feel pretty big and we find ourselves at a crossroads feeling overwhelmed, frozen, and stuck. But what does it mean to be stuck, exactly? Stuck... Read More

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At a Loss: The Day-to-Day Toll of Dealing with Dementia

“Does no one know? It’s like I’m losing my mind.” —Stephen Sondheim, from his musical, Follies One of my oldest friends recently called me and needed to vent: his mother,... Read More

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Who Should You Tell about Your Chronic Illness?

A while back, I worked with an adolescent who was diagnosed with diabetes. She and I often talked about disclosing her diagnosis with others; she revealed that she had told only one... Read More

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How Mindfulness Meditation Can Support Depth Therapy

Many people choose depth-oriented psychotherapy over other approaches because it brings them into healing contact with the deepest, most misunderstood parts of themselves. But unlike... Read More

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6 Strategies to Use at Your Next Parent-Teacher Conference

Many parents don’t realize it, but parent-teacher conferences are one of the best ways to get to know your child. Attending these conferences can sometimes be a burden, one more thing... Read More

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Meet the In-Laws: When LGBT Couples Visit Families of Origin

In any couple, navigating your relationships with families of origin can be tricky. When you were growing up, your family had a set of rules—sometimes explicitly stated and other... Read More

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The Mindful Parent: Learning How to Let Go

There are so many things we benefit from learning to let go of as parents—comparing our children to others, expecting them to be the people we imagined they would be, attempting to... Read More

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Creative Blocks from A to Z: Journaling

One of the most effective ways to access the origin of our creative content is to spend some time reflecting, free associating, and journaling. It is no secret that brainstorming is... Read More

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Understanding ‘The Button,’ Reddit’s Highly Addictive Game

April 20, 2015   .   4 Comments

Two weeks ago, Reddit released a new game, “The Button,” as an April Fool’s Day joke. The game has taken on a life of its own, with users caving to temptation to play the... Read More

Can Probiotics Protect Against Depression and Negativity?

April 17, 2015   .   3 Comments

Probiotics, which promise to boost “good” bacteria, have exploded into the world of healthy living in recent years. The body is home to colonies of millions of bacteria that help... Read More

Survivors of Boko Haram Kidnapping Share Stories, and Other News

April 17, 2015   .   3 Comments

A year ago, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, sparking international outrage and giving birth to #BringBackOurGirls. Ten girls escaped... Read More

Want Your Child to Land a Good Job? Teach Self-Control

April 16, 2015   .   3 Comments

In an economy that increasingly demands higher and higher levels of formal education, parents who want their kids to land good jobs can easily spend thousands on tutors, educational... Read More

Researchers Identify the Brain Signals Behind ‘Cooties’

April 15, 2015   .   2 Comments

Circle, circle, dot, dot … if you know how the “vaccination” ends, then you’re just like millions of other people who grew up fearing the dreaded “cooties.”... Read More

Violent Video Games Don’t Make Kids Violent, Study Finds

April 14, 2015   .   7 Comments

Violence in video games has long concerned parents, who worry about the influence on impressionable minds of controversial games such as Grand Theft Auto. In many games, players score... Read More

Study Dispels Gender Myths About Emotion and Rationality

April 13, 2015   .   4 Comments

The notion that women are more emotional—and therefore less rational—than men can be found everywhere from self-help books to Internet message boards. Women’s supposed lack... Read More

Obama Calls for Ban on Conversion Therapy, and Other News

April 10, 2015   .   8 Comments

Last December, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn jumped in front of a tractor-trailer and died. Her online suicide note indicated that pressure to conform to the male gender assigned to her... Read More

Could Brain Signals Stop Your Heart at the Time of Death?

April 9, 2015   .   3 Comments

Most people want to live as long as possible, but researchers have found that your brain might, in the end, work against you. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National... Read More

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Topic Experts answer your questions about psychotherapy, mental health, and relationships.

My Husband Cheated! So Why Is Our Sex Life Hotter Than Ever?

Thank you for your letter. Let me start by saying this pattern is more common than many people realize. There are varying opinions on why feelings and reactions evolve this way, but there are a ... Read more »

Help! I'm Finally Clean, but My Boyfriend Still Uses Drugs

Thank you for your question, and congratulations on your sobriety! Fifteen months is great; clearly, in spite of your current woes, you’re doing something right. I think the answer to your ... Read more »

Help! My Insensitive Family Won't Shut Up about My Weight

Of course you're not laughing! This all sounds incredibly painful. Ideally, family provide a place of warmth, comfort, and support. It sounds like you feel like you are getting Read more »

Help! I'm Afraid to Talk to My Therapist about Self-Injury

You are feeling frightened and ashamed to talk to your counselor about ... Read more »

Help! I Believe My Father-in-Law Is Abusing My Daughter

Of course you are concerned! Anytime we see a behavior like that in a child and she or he is unable or unwilling to explain the change, we Read more »

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