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Will Sleeping with Your Dog Make Him Aggressive?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 08.16.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Have you ever worried that sleeping with your dog or sharing some cuddle time with your puppy is against all the training rules? Are you one of the multitudes taught to believe that inviting your otherwise adoring, sweet, innocent dog or puppy onto your lap will turn him into Kujo?

Tips on Toning Down Aggressive Households

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.04.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Some households are noisy and full of roughhousing. Others are quiet and easy going. If the your household has been aggressive for a long time it wears on everyone in the family and emotional temperatures flare. Individuals lose sight of how to regulate their emotions to a talking level even though outside the house they may know how to keep in control.

Is "Nagging" a Gender-Biased Word?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.05.2016 | Women
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

So what can we do about the word, nagging? Protesting vigorously when it's used only leads to more instances of some kind of validation that indeed the woman is nagging. Now she's nagging about nagging.

5 Ways to Manage Alzheimer's Agression

Eric J. Hall | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Here are five tips for caregivers looking to manage aggression in their loved ones with dementia:

Why Fictional Media Doesn't Desensitize Us to Real-Life Violence

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

One of the mantras often expressed by advocates concerned about media violence is that violent media content may desensitize viewers to real-life viol...

5 Tips for Calming an Angry Child

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

In my office, I always have a squishy ball for children to squeeze when their feelings are getting stirred up. I also encourage kids to stomp their feet when they're mad, with some optional noise-making, as well. Anger is an energy, one that can be better handled if we can shout or stomp through it!

How Turning the Other Cheek Works

Melissa Heisler | Posted 03.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Melissa Heisler

I used to be a bull in a china shop. I was driven. I was pushy. I was rude. I thought that I had to protect myself at all times so I came out swinging...

'You Are the Boss of Your Hands'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.01.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

All of us are subject to impulses that can propel us into saying and doing things we shouldn't -- even long after we've turned 25! But children have far less ability to control their whims and urges, even if we've lectured them repeatedly about how they should behave.

New Study Finds Little Evidence for Relationship Between TV Aggression and Real-Life Aggression in Youth but Claims It Does Anyway

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 02.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Christopher J. Ferguson

Put simply, the study's findings provide very little convincing reason to believe there's much of a link, but the author appears to over-interpret weak and inconsistent results in ways I would consider to be irresponsible.

What's Communication Got to Do With... Lasting Love?

Mark Baer | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Baer

Try and assess the ratio of positive to negative comments you make to each other. Chances are, you may need to make some adjustments in that regard, if you value your significant other and hope to celebrate many more love and romance-filled Valentine's Days together.

What Makes a Leader: Aggression or Humility?

Homaira Kabir | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Homaira Kabir

Our exterior portrayal of calm and control is at the mercy of a neocortex that functions as a lighthouse, forever scanning the environment for safety. In the uncertain times we live in, from economic instability to the threat of terrorism and the uncertain fate of our planet, the signals we receive instigate our fears once too often.

Should Santa Bring 'Call of Duty'?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 12.23.2015 | Parents
Christopher J. Ferguson

With Christmas approaching, many parents are undoubtedly facing a familiar dilemma. Numerous adolescents will ask for the latest action oriented game in franchises such as Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed. Setting aside for a moment that many of these games, just like many movies, are made for and rated for adults, do these games actually harm minors? Are parents bad parents if they give in to their teens' Christmas requests?

How Can I Get Child to Behave Nicely at Home? She's Perfect at School!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 12.07.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Instead of trying to control your daughter with ultimatums or gimmicks that sound good on paper but don't work in real life, look at what leads up to her outbursts. Is there a pattern?

What to Do With Our Broken Hearts

Pamela Hale | Posted 12.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Pamela Hale

I am crying out inside, my heart breaking. How about you? For every human there must be a breaking point where enough violence and hurt is really eno...

The Heart of Parental Intelligence: A Divorced Mother and Son Build Their Relationship

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

One afternoon a nine-year-old spent a great afternoon playing outside on a warm Saturday in November. He came inside after several hours grimy, hungry, and exhausted and his devoted mother fed him and gave him a bubble bath that he loved. I know this mother well and she shared what soon ensued.

Why Is My Daughter Aggressive At Home And An Angel Everywhere Else?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

When parents help their frustrated kids simply feel their sadness or disappointment, they move from aggression toward acceptance.

Do Angry Birds Make for Angry Children?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 10.13.2016 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Despite some of the hyperbole by anti-game activists, the evidence is thin. Particularly when other factors are controlled, there is little evidence that games, whether violent or not, are related to negative outcomes in youth.

My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 09.25.2016 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

Autism isn't all about the six-year-old who can play Piano Man better than Billy Joel. Autism can be hard. Autism can be sad. Autism can be messy. Autism can be violent. Autism can be isolating.

Family Dysfuntionality: How Does It Affect The Children?

Diana Grycan | Posted 09.20.2016 | Parents
Diana Grycan

I encourage adults to be mindful about their behavior in front of children. The aggression they witness can sometimes become a part of who they are later on. Families often seem to have some level of dysfunction, but it is the those who are mindful of the imprinting that takes place who have the best results!

Amping Down the Anger: How to Heal the World in Three Simple Steps

Peter Himmelman | Posted 09.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

My wife told me a story yesterday that was unnerving to say the least. She'd been visiting a friend in the San Fernando Valley and stopped off on ...

The Post-Mortem on the APA's Dead-On-Arrival Policy Statement On Video Games

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 09.15.2016 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

ack in August the American Psychological Association (APA) released a new policy statement on video games in which they acknowledged video game violence can't be linked to violent crimes, but asserted that such games provoke milder acts of aggression.

What to Do When Your Child Hits You

Andrea Nair | Posted 08.26.2016 | Parents
Andrea Nair

It can be incredibly hard to stay calm when our own children hit us. Both our instinctual physical defense system and intense emotions can get triggered in a flash!

Yep, Color Bias Exists When Men Wear Red

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.13.2015 | Style

"Seeing red" and wearing red might have more in common than one might assume, as least in terms of perception. In a new study at Durham University, re...

The Softened Heart

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

I believe that if we make the effort to listen, we can hear our hearts guiding us. And if we think we can ignore its wisdom, we will lose our way. Eventually we have to face up to our past choices. But doing so gives us an opportunity to bring our love and compassion into the world by listening to our wise hearts.

'Masculine' and 'Feminine' Styles of Handling Conflict

Caroline Turner | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Caroline Turner

In explaining differences in "masculine" and "feminine" styles of handling conflict, I show the strengths and limitations of both and avoid saying one is better than the other. Then along came some real-life conflicts -- one handled in the "feminine" way, the other in the "masculine" way. These situations showed me the strengths of one approach and the limitations of the other.