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Does Your Holiday Family Event Make You Itch?

October 25, 2014 by


Well, you made it through last year’s Thanksgivukkah.  But don’t relax yet; the big season of joy is coming up again fast. Being with your extended family can make you squirm, either due to their direct questions or simply as a results of the difference between your life situation and that of the larger group. […]

Children Who Miss Social Cues–Is It Even Worse Than We Thought?

October 4, 2014 by


Penny* is in eighth grade, but quite childish. At school she uses a kleenex box to prop up the books on her desk, and it’s become something of an obsession. If someone–innocently–takes a piece of tissue, well, poor Penny crumbles. She has to leave the room to recover her equanimity and wipe her eyes, and […]

Forget the Ambien and Prozac–Just Put Away Your Cell Phone, Part II

July 12, 2012 by


Perhaps you’ll recall from our last post (with the same clever title as this, only a ‘Part I ‘ in place of ‘Part II,’ as these things go) the following: –>Young adults ages 20-24 are heavy information and communication technology (ICT) users. –>According to self-reports, mental health and sleep have  deteriorated, and stress has increased among […]

Forget the Ambien and Prozac–Just Put Away Your Cell Phone, Part I

July 11, 2012 by


It strikes me as fairly incomprehensible  how attached people are to their mobile phones–even in our family, which is of course a bastion of mental health. We’ve got one family member who sleeps with hers, one who watches sports games under the table during meal times–as if no one could notice, one who can pass […]

My Kingdom For A. . . Marshmallow?: The Initial Study

May 7, 2012 by


If I had to pick my ‘top 3 favorite’ social science experiments, it’d really be no contest. [Now, if you’re in awe of my mastery of the field of social science, you’ve forgotten an important point that I perhaps haven’t repeated in nearly 2 weeks: My son is Professor Eli Finkel, social psychology professor at […]

How to Succeed In Business Without. . .Social Skills? Forget it!

May 6, 2012 by


“85% of your social and financial success in life is determined by your social and communication skills” ~ The Dale Carnegie Foundation Do you remember when psychologist Daniel Goleman made a big splash in 1995 by publishing his groundbreaking book, Emotional Intelligence, which would spend more than a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller […]

Social Maladjustment: All Around Us–and A Risk Factor For Mental Illness

May 5, 2012 by


My friend Evelyn has potential to be a terminally tedious grandparent. She talks about her grandkids as if we–meaning the world–are merely fortunate that these children have chosen to grace us with their presence. I try to act appropriately grateful.  I have heard about merit scholarships, acceptances to magnet schools, stellar performances on the recorder […]