By Wendy Rice, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist
While I'm not in the business of reviewing movies, I was fortunate to receive an invitation to see an early preview of the new Disney Pixar movie, Inside Out. I went in with an open mind and came out blown away. This is a dream movie for any psychologist who wishes to help their patients talk about their feelings and internal experience.
But that’s not all. This movie doesn’t stop at being entertainment for parents and young kids. It also sheds light on marital relationships and the internal experience of how each of our brains work....
With the divorce rate at 3.6 per 1,000 population, according to this CDC report, a lot of couples are asking when is the best time to seek marital help? When is it necessary or when is it too late?
The easy answer is that you don’t have to be on the edge of divorce to seek some counseling. When your level of unhappiness is pretty pervasive, and it has been going on for more days than not, and if you are just feeling angry or frustrated, you don’t have to wait for things to go south to talk to somebody.
The occasional dispute can be healthy for a relationship, but do you fight with a sense of fairness?
It is healthy to discuss. It is healthy to have disagreements. It is healthy to have opinions. But it is important to fight fair. There are some people who get ugly and abusive when they argue, and there are others who can discuss and argue and be productive.
Below are some evaluation questions to consider the next time you have an argument with your significant other:
Do you communicate well?
A lot of arguments stem from one or both parties not effectively communicating. Are you voicing...
Find out how you can support your child and not freak out when it's time to read their report cards.
If you are a parent, four times a year, pretty much without fail, the envelope arrives in the mail for you.
As a child in New York, my parent’s got theirs in a thin, white envelope with green edges and a black dot-matrix print. You would fold the end and pull at the tab for the big reveal.
Butterflies would ravage my stomach as my mother pulled that tab.
For some families, report card time is as ominous as another winter or summer storm. ...