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Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.
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Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. is a renowned psychologist, executive coach, bestselling author, continuing education seminar leader, and popular speaker. He is an acclaimed expert in cognitive behavioral therapy, specializing in high achievers and relationship issues. His work centers on bringing about major change in the shortest time possible.

His latest book, Stage Climbing: The Shortest Path to Your Highest Potential, has received much praise from such notables as Deepak Chopra, Steve Covey, Mark Victor Hanson and many other professionals; citing it’s groundbreaking and user friendly cognitive behavioral self-help approach.

A sought-after media guest, he has appeared on Oprah and The Today Show as well as making more than a thousand other TV and radio guest appearances. For many years, Dr. Broder also hosted the radio program Psychologically Speaking with Dr Michael Broder. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, and hundreds of other publications.

In addition to Stage Climbing, Dr. Broder’s previous books include The Art of Living Single, The Art of Staying Together: A Couple’s Guide to Intimacy and Respect, Can Your Relationship Be Saved? How To Know Whether To Stay Or Go, and The Secrets of Sexual Ecstasy. His audio programs include Positive Attitude Training, Self Actualization: Reaching Your Full Potential, and The Help Yourself Audiotherapy Series, which are used frequently by mental health professionals and coaches with their clients.

Dr. Broder earned his Ph.D. at Temple University. He conducts seminars, talks, and presentations to professional as well as lay audiences worldwide, and has trained many thousands of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. Michael Broder lives and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Please visit for more information.

Entries by Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

4 Things to Consider When Taking a Risk in This New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 12:10 PM


You may have already begun taking the steps to see your New Year's resolutions come to fruition. Perhaps you finally got around to joining that gym, or maybe you were able to confront a friend about something on your mind that's difficult...

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Divorced or Separated With Kids? Here Are 3 Tips for Helping Them Through This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 4:00 PM

The holiday season seems to come upon us earlier and earlier each year. Even before Thanksgiving, I started to notice all of the signs -- colorful lights strung in front of houses, a glimpse of lit trees through windows and cheerful holiday...
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Loneliness Is Merely an Attitude You Can Abolish Today!

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 4:36 PM

Image: Lies Thru a Lens

Nobody -- whether single, in a long-term committed relationship or anything in between -- is completely immune from that often-painful feeling of loneliness. That is, however, until you can see it for what it is:...

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If Holiday Stress Is a Disease, the Virus Is Your Expectations

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 5:45 PM

The holiday season stereotypically has always been portrayed as a time of fun, joy and warmth with family, friends and colleagues. But it can also be a time of pain and high expectations. And the inevitable disappointments that follow those expectations are often to blame for holiday stress, which has...

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Opposites Attract, But It May Not Last, Unless...

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 9:35 PM

Most couples can name several ways in which they're opposites: neatness versus sloppiness; extroversion versus introversion; being high-strung versus laid-back preferring city versus country living, etc. And I'm sure you have something in mind that's specific to you. It's true that quite often and in many respects, opposites attract. But...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Take This Self-Assessment

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 1:24 PM

If your relationship were a fire, is it still burning strongly? Flickering? Smoldering? Does it need kindling or a log? Has the last spark of it burned out to the point where it's even too late for more oxygen? After all, your relationship at one time had to be on...

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When Your Relationship Is Rocky, Look Right at Your Expectations

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:14 PM

One of the best ways to think of a relationship on the rocks is to reflect on your expectations for your relationship. What are they? What is it that you really want from your partner? What could your partner do now that would -- from your point of view --...

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Your Relationship Is in Trouble: Has Your Partner Changed or Just Your View?

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:16 PM

The title of a great and popular old Off-Broadway play captures one of the most common sentiments I've seen when working with distressed couples: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

If you have discovered that for some reason you and your partner are no longer growing together as a...

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Navigating the Awkward Side of Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Julia Sweeney's excellent TED conversation "It's Time For The Talk" is a very humorous account of a situation that practically all parents find themselves in at one time or another. And I've got to...

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4 'Dangerous' Yet Crucial Things Every Parent Should Encourage

(5) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

I am a psychologist who works with adults, who are often very high achievers. So when I am asked if I see children in my practice, my routine tongue-in-cheek quip is, "only those in adult bodies."...

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Your Best Mantra for 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 8:10 PM

If you were to ask me what one thing the vast majority of the thousands of clients I've seen in my clinical psychology practice over the last 38 years have had in common, the answer might shock you. Almost without exception, what brings people to my office is what turns...

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When the Passion and Excitement in Your Relationship Is Waning

(50) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:18 PM

Do you feel a lack of excitement in your relationship? Perhaps a certain feeling of passion or excitement that was once there no longer exists, is much less frequent than it was or far less intense? Maybe you used to prioritize your relationship much higher, but it feels like a...

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4 Reasons You May Be Thriving in One-Sided Love Affairs

(20) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 10:52 AM

When your involvement in a relationship is not mutual, the result can be painful for both of you, but especially for the one who is more committed to the relationship. Unrequited love -- one of the most popular movie and novel themes -- has indeed been known to trigger extremely...

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Give the Rules That Govern Your Relationship a Makeover

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 1:57 PM

Most relationships have a set of "built in" rules. These rules define your relationship "default position," such as what can and cannot take place between you and your partner (and others in your life), and what constitutes that which is normal. When you "break" those rules, you and your partner...

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Customizing Your Relationship

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 4:13 PM

One key to avoiding the doldrums in your long-term relationship is to honor its uniqueness. The best relationships are custom jobs, which take the distinctive traits, needs, concerns and idiosyncrasies of each partner into consideration. For example, some couples need to work on ways to spend more time together, while...

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Don't Be Ambivalent About Ambivalence

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 9:53 AM

Ambivalence is a feeling that we all have experienced at one time or another in some important aspect of our lives -- I know I certainly have. But if you're ambivalent often or in a lot of areas of your life, the feeling of ambivalence itself can actually destroy your...

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Helping Your Children Get Through the Crisis of Divorce

(8) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 6:36 PM

Divorce is never a simple matter logistically or emotionally. And when there are children involved, often, the hardest part is to put your own emotional issues aside in order to do some very difficult parenting feats. Here are some ways to help your children get through this crisis as painlessly...

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Resolving the Question of Whether or Not to Have Children

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 12:39 PM

For some couples, the decision to have children is something that was discussed long before marriage -- in some cases, I am told, on the first or second date! But for many couples, deciding whether or not to have children can be one of their most daunting issues. With couples...

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When Jealousy Visits Your Relationship

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 6:06 PM

Practically everyone who's been in a serious romantic relationship with all of the deliciously intense and passionate feelings that go with it, have at one time or another experienced jealousy, which is really the fear that -- to some degree -- your partner is not being exclusive to you either...

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3 Tips for Conquering Job Burnout

(8) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 9:22 AM

Can you relate to the following scenario? You once approached your work in a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic way. You were eager and excited about your responsibilities. While you were aware that there are built-in frustrations in your work with coworkers, clientele, or the system itself, you felt that you...

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