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Divorce Without Remorse: When Your Ex Won’t Apologize

September 22, 2014

I see it all the time in my work with divorcing people: the anger, bitterness, and frustration felt when one partner betrays or deceives the other with little or no remorse for their actions. If you’re waiting for an apology or some explicit expression of remorse from your ex, pull up a comfortable chair and get ready to sit for a while. The ability to repent for an act of betrayal requires a level of evolution that... Read More

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Do Sexualized Images of Women Make Men Less Charitable?

September 20, 2014

For decades, women’s advocates have argued that sexualized advertisements of women harm women’s self-esteem and increase gender disparities. According to new research, though, sexualized images of women aren’t just a source of sexism. They might also make men less generous toward charities and other organizations’ fundraising efforts. How Sexualized Media Decreases Charity We’ve all heard the... Read More

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Trauma Linked to Betrayal by Institutions, and Other News

September 19, 2014

Being betrayed by a loved one is painful enough, but people betrayed by large institutions can also experience anxiety, depression, and hopelessness, and they may also believe that no institution will protect them. In a new paper, two researchers from the University of Oregon urge mental health professionals to learn the signs of institutional betrayal and acknowledge its effects. The paper focuses on the institutional... Read More


Am I Having Flashbacks of Childhood Sexual Abuse?

September 19, 2014

It can be hard to know for certain whether what you have been experiencing is, in fact, a series of previously repressed memories or something else. It is very possible to rediscover memories that have been tucked away and buried for years and not just traumatic ones. Sometimes a smell, a sound, a place, or an experience brings something back to us in vivid detail that had previously been hidden. Sometimes we just get... Read More

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We Got It All Wrong about Gay Relationships

September 19, 2014

You know the stereotypes—gay men aren’t interested in long-term, committed relationships. Or they can’t sustain them. It’s all about sex, the quickies, the one-night stands. Funny thing, though: ever since same-sex marriage became a civil rights issue, so many gay couples who have been together for decades have come forward. Another stereotype bites the dust! (Or should, anyway.) It seems that we’ve been looking... Read More

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People with Alzheimer’s Often Take Unnecessary Medications

September 18, 2014

Perhaps the most frightening thing about an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is that there is not yet a cure for the disease. While people with Alzheimer’s may take medications to slow the progression of the disease or reduce symptoms, the effectiveness of these medications is frequently lower among people with advanced-stage Alzheimer’s. According to a new study, 54% of people with late-stage Alzheimer’s... Read More

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The Formula for Affair Repair: Time, Trust, and Discomfort

September 18, 2014

You find yourself in a fraught situation: your partner has just learned about your affair. Feelings of panic, anxiety, fear, shame, and guilt overwhelm you. You aren’t sleeping well, maybe waiting for the other shoe to drop, worried that every conversation will lead to your partner telling you it’s over. You have some decisions to make: should you stay or leave the relationship? If you decide to stay, there are some... Read More

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Guilt-Free Career Change: 4 Reasons to Find Your Happy Place

September 18, 2014

People seeking career counseling, like people coming in for therapy, present with a range of concerns, but one common trait is guilt. The idea of trying to do something that makes us feel good, and being recognized for what we do well, makes us feel guilty. Why? Is it early-childhood trauma? Calvinism? The remnants of a strict Catholic upbringing? I don’t know if this kind of guilt has a universal source within our... Read More

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Study Makes Case for 8 Different Classes of Schizophrenia

September 17, 2014

Schizophrenia is widely considered one of the most serious mental health issues because of its tendency to induce hallucinations, delusions, and erratic behavior. It turns out, though, that schizophrenia may be more complex than previously believed. A new study has found that there may in fact be eight different classes of schizophrenia, each with its own distinct patterns. Genetic Influences on Schizophrenia Scientists... Read More

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Why It’s Not about Making Mom and Dad Happy

September 17, 2014

As an autism professional and parent, I am accustomed to having a difference of opinion when it comes to many of the things I believe and practice about autism. But this week I came across something in a professional social media forum that really “got my goat,” as my grandmother used to say: a social skills video titled How to Make Your Parents Happy in 4 Easy Steps. The video explained to children that when a parent... Read More

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5 Good Reasons to Try Co-Parenting Therapy

September 17, 2014

When parents divorce, they sometimes forget that their children didn’t also get a divorce. They still have their two-parent family, even if that family occupies two households instead of one. Sometimes, though, it seems too hard to figure out how to communicate with someone you are no longer in a relationship with. But because you have children together, you can’t just go your separate ways, hoping you do not run... Read More

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Class-Based Differences in Parenting Affect Student Behavior

September 16, 2014

Socioeconomic class is a major factor affecting educational outcomes. Children from wealthier economic backgrounds typically start school with an advantage, while children from poorer backgrounds may already be behind. One study, for example, found that only a third of low-income parents read to their children every day, compared to two-thirds of high-income parents. According to a new study, class-based differences in... Read More


Alphabet Soup: Decoding Mental Health Credentials

September 16, 2014

Trying to find a reputable mental health professional can feel daunting. There are so many clinicians out there, and it’s important to find a good one. Many choose to start their search on the Internet—hooray, a good start! Looking through search results, though, may feel confusing. Most of the names have letters behind them, but what do all those letters mean? How can a savvy consumer of mental health services use... Read More

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The Shadow Effects of Leadership Power

September 16, 2014

Power, the ability to have an effect or to have influence, is our birthright. We all have power and need it to survive, to have relationships, and to be productive. Think how much power a baby has when he or she cries or laughs. Our lives are full of relationships where there are power differences, and we all move back and forth between being in what I call “up-power” and “down-power” roles. For... Read More

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