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Time-out as child discipline
A recent article In the American Psychologist by Dadds and Tully (2019) offered a thorough review of  a form of discipline under recent criticism: time-out from positive reinforcement, referred to here as time-out. Their definition of time-out was "any procedure that reduces unacceptable child behavior by the child experiencing an enforced reduction in available reinforcement for a brief period contingent upon an unacceptable behavior" (p. 796). Time-out can be accomplished by a variety of measures, such as a caretaker's brief withdrawal of attention, the child's going to a chair or a corner in the room, and a child's being sent to a segregated area like a bedroom.Read More


A Psychologist General?

Recent surveys show that the state of mental health in the U.S. is in peril. These surveys provide data supporting alarmingly high rates of anxiety, depression and opioid use, especially among young people. There are increasing rates of suicide, hate crimes and mass shootings. Yet, there is a marked lack of mental health services for our population.Read More


False Information
A special issue of the Scientific American (September 2019) focused on its titled concerns: Truth, Lies, & Uncertainty. A particular article, "Why we trust lies,"made what I consider to be some important contributions to understanding how we are all too easily duped by false information.Read More


Co-parenting After Divorce
Jeffrey Zimmerman in the 2019 Journal of Health Service Psychology dealt with the issue of co-parenting by high-conflict divorced parents. I thought some of the points he made were worth sharing, as follows. After divorce, the children remain, now as part of a splintered family. Their parents remain as people who need to co-parent, although they may not get along and probably have been at odds for some time.Read More


All By Myself
The insurance company Cigna did research on 20,000 U.S. adults and found that nearly one half said that they always or sometimes felt alone. Almost as many reported that their relationships were not meaningful and that they saw themselves as isolated.Read More


Don't Hit Your Kids
The American Psychological Association (APA) has warned about the danger and ineffectiveness of physical discipline. This warning arose from a sound foundation in psychological research that found that physical discipline does not bring better behavior but instead is associated with emotional, behavioral, and academic problems.Read More


Prolonged Grief
What can be for some a healthy and normal grief reaction instead for others grows into an all-absorbing preoccupation that can go on for years. In the Monitor on Psychology, Weir (2018) reported that this condition will soon be included in the International Classification of Diseases as prolonged grief disorder. Its critical characteristic is a pervasive and extended longing for the one who has been lost. Read More


Parenting Advice
The clinical neuropsychologist William Stixred gives parental advice in an interview in the Monitor on Psychology. He sees the fundamental responsibility of parents as helping their children to learn to run their own lives rather than solving their problems for them. Read More


Fake News?
Moyer (2019) wrote an interesting piece in the Scientific American called "Why we believe conspiracy theories." She proposed some reasons why and some remedies. I thought her material was worth a blog entry. As she observed, conspiracy theories have always been around but are now more prominent. Researchers have determined that more than one quarter of Americans believe in conspiracies. Read More


Hoarding
Patel and Hughes (2019) reported on hoarding in an article in the Journal of Heath Service Psychology . I thought  that their reportage was interesting and worth sharing. After all, most of us like getting and keeping our stuff. However, like with many good things, going too far can bring trouble. Read More


Therapy Partners Updated
On my website is the page entitled Therapy Partners . This update is meant to provide the most extensive and current evidence on the importance of therapist and patient's becoming therapy partners. For the third time, the American Psychological Association Division of Psychotherapy commissioned a task force to explore  the empirically supported impact of the psychotherapy relationship on treatment outcome... . Read More


Novel Comments
William Landay's (2013) Defending Jacob has been a popular read for book clubs. No wonder! This novel is a well crafted legal thriller... Read More


Linking Memories
As a topic, memory fascinates me primarily because the past impacts, either directly or indirectly, our present lives. Our past experiences and our lessons learned help color and shape our everyday thoughts, feelings, and actions... Read More


Leadership
I recently read an interesting report about research on the intersection between power and leadership in the April, 2017 issue of the Monitor on Psychology by K. Weir. She called it "Powerplay."... Read More


Novel Comments - The Color of Water
I finally read James McBride’s The Color of Water (1996/2006). The author is the eighth of twelve children of a born and raised white Jewish Mother and a Christian black father... Read More

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