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The Skill of Mindful Listening

July 31st, 2014
Communication in the 21st century has some unique challenges, and some basic etiquette reminders may prove useful to facilitate effective communication. One may feel invalidated, ignored, or disrespected when attempting to talk with someone and competing for attention with their phone or ...

Feeling Loved: Finding Happiness in an Overstressed World

BOOK REVIEW.
We have been writing about love for millennia. From the earliest surviving love poem dating from around 2030 BCE to the work of philosophers like Lao Tzu to the sonnets of Shakespeare, countless tomes have been written about seeking love, finding love, feeling love, and all the possible variations on the theme. In the modern ...

The Anxiety of Facebook

The Anxiety of FacebookSocial media has changed the way people interact. We can now remain in constant contact with hundreds of so-called friends, even ones we rarely see in person. The impact of social media on society has prompted researchers to investigate whether its effect is positive or ...

Why and How to Teach Grandma to Access the Internet

Why and How to Teach Grandma to Access the InternetThe Internet offers promising new ways to end isolation and loneliness among the senior citizens we love. This is no small thing. Relationships, after all, are at the core of mental and even physical health. The 2004 Australian ...

Boys Need Help with Self-Esteem, Too

Boys Need Help with Self-Esteem, TooI’ve been writing an advice column for years. Lately, I’ve been receiving more and more letters from boys who feel bad about themselves, who are depressed that the only friends they have are online, and who feel directionless. Some aren’t doing ...

The Unlimited Potential of Online Mental Health Tools

The Unlimited Potential of Online Mental Health ToolsNew technology is becoming vital for providing easy-to-access mental health care, says a top mental health expert from London, UK. Writing in the Journal of Mental Health, Professor Til Wykes of King's College London states there is a "huge ...

Together Alone: Computers, Technology & Kids

Together Alone: Computers, Technology & KidsWhat’s happening in the ad world these days? One TV ad running in my area is of a mother who, the narrator chirps, is a master multitasker. She is on a cell phone while making her kids breakfast and sending them off ...

A Summer Vacation Guide for Noncustodial Parents

A Summer Vacation Guide for Noncustodial ParentsFor the noncustodial parent who lives far from his or her children, summer vacation often is greeted with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. This may be the only extended time that parent and child are together. A few ...

OCD and Isolation

OCD and IsolationOne of the most heartbreaking aspects of my son Dan’s descent into severe obsessive-compulsive disorder was his progressive isolation from his friends. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and often becomes a ...

Issues to Discuss Before You Commit

Issues to Discuss Before You CommitYou’re in love -- deeply, passionately, crazy in love. You want to move in together. You are sure you want to share the rest of your lives. You want to marry. Stop! Before you reserve the moving truck or ...

So You Think You Want to Take Online Classes?

So You Think You Want to Take Online Classes? If you are a college student or if you are an adult who simply wants to become better educated, it’s a good time to take stock and to think about what you may need to ...

How to Heal from Infidelity

Consider this surprising statistic: At least one or both parties in 50 percent of all couples, married and living together, straight and gay, will break their vows of sexual or emotional exclusivity during the lifetime of the relationship. ~ Shirley Glass, Not Just ...

Red Flags of Love Fraud: 10 Signs You’re Dating a Sociopath

BOOK REVIEW.
Donna Andersen started LoveFraud.com after her former husband drained her of $227,000, cheated on her, fathered a child outside their marriage, and remarried 10 days after their divorce was finalized. The website, which was created to warn others about the dangers of love frauders, was the impetus for Andersen’s book, Red Flags of Love Fraud. The ...

Where Have All the Bicycles Gone? Kids Today

Where Have All the Bicycles Gone? Kids TodayChildhood has moved indoors. What a shame. Children are meant to be running free in open spaces, climbing trees, finding frogs and turtles, biking to the playground, and being hard to find at dinnertime. Today's child is ...

When Crisis Becomes Chronic: What to do When Friendships Fade

When Crisis Becomes Chronic: What to do When Friendships FadeIt’s a common experience. Something goes wrong in a family. A child is diagnosed with a chronic illness or a disability or gets into serious trouble. Just when ...

iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us

BOOK REVIEW.
One of Dr. Larry Rosen’s friends feels he must be continuously connected to his electronic devices. If he is in a conversation that is more than 15 minutes long, “he excuses himself to go to the restroom so that he can check his iPhone.” Is this a sign of addiction? Narcissistic personality disorder? Anxiety? Does ...

Teens, Texting and Driving: Disaster in the Making

Teens, Texting and Driving: Disaster in the MakingHaving been rear-ended not once but twice in the same month by teens who were texting and driving, I have a renewed interest in and alarm about the behavior. Never mind that being crashed into at 50 miles ...

Texting, Sexting… What’s Next?

Texting, sexting... Whats Next?A mother with her three teenage daughters sat in my office the other day. Two of the girls were there for sick visits. The third sister was just along for the ride. When I walked into the room, all three girls had ...

Does Facebook Help Students Adapt to College?

Does Facebook Help Students Adapt to College?Recent psychological research suggests that social networking can help university students feel supported in their first few weeks at school. Investigating the possibility, Dr. Chris Stiff from Keele University, UK, carried out a study on undergraduates' use of Facebook and their adjustment. A total ...

Is Technology Running Your Life? Set Some Boundaries

Is Technology Running Your Life? Set Some BoundariesI am not very good at separating my work from my life, partially because my work is a big chunk of my life. I’m that person who tucks herself into bed by checking email and reading blogs from my ...

10 Tips for Setting Boundaries Online

10 Tips for Setting Boundaries Online Good boundaries are important for healthy relationships, but when it comes to our online lives, we rarely think to create clear-cut borders. The most important reason to set boundaries online, according to psychologist and coach Dana Gionta, Ph.D, ...

Reconnect with Your Family: Have a Hotdog

Reconnect with Your Family: Have a HotdogYou may have seen the commercial on TV. A dad comes home, weary after a hard day of work. He goes from room to room to check in on various members of the family. One kid is plugged into ...

Future Babble

BOOK REVIEW.

At the end of the movie Back to the Future Part III, Doc Brown says to Marty and his girlfriend “Your futures haven’t been written yet; no one's has; so make it a good one”.  Yet, as Dan Gardner tells us in Future Babble, the fact that our futures aren’t written has not stopped numerous

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