Dr. Ford: The Family Vacation

August 18, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Dear Dr. Ford: Our family has spent a two-week summer vacation on the farm where my husband grew up in the Midwest since our children, now 16 and 14, were born. This year my daughters were ill behaved and snobbish in their behavior toward their loving extended family. My husband and I have not decided what to do about this situation yet and I thought I would write to you to ask for some guidance.

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Dr. Ford: 7 Ways to Make Your Summer Even Better

August 11, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Vacation should be different from our regular lives — not just another day whose only difference is that you are not on the job. To get the most from your time off, try to avoid passively going through your usual routines. This is a good moment to shake things up and try new things.

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The Losing Side of Competitive Parenting

August 4, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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It is a difficult task, trying to raise kids with enough playtimes and down time to develop normally and have good old-fashioned fun in this atmosphere, yet both these things are crucial to cognitive development.

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The Pleasure of Summer Reading: Jennifer Haigh

July 28, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

If you want to have a string of intensely enjoyable summer afternoons, I suggest you spend them in Bakerton, PA. A has-been coal town in western Pennsylvania, this place and its various residents is the subject of a series of novels by Jennifer Haigh. One of the most interesting things about Haigh’s writing is the way she shows how small twists and turns, minor mistakes, or missteps can make all the difference in what follows.

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Coping When the News Is All Bad

July 21, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Lately, we have not had time to process our feelings about the violent events of recent days and weeks because something else happens almost immediately. There is no way to completely insulate ourselves from these events but there are some techniques that can help.

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When People Carry Guns, How Much Danger Do They Pose?

July 14, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

What has caused this escalation of gun ownership and why are people allowed to carry firearms at all?

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Overcoming Prejudice: The Legacy of Elie Wiesel

July 7, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Elie Wiesel’s contribution was to use his survival and artistry to keep the memory of man’s inhumanity to other men vivid and fresh. It is as urgent as ever: we continue try to demonize one another and split hairs about who belongs to what group and who should live or die.

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Not From Thin Air: The Emergence of Eating Disorders

June 30, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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Eating disorders, as seen from this perspective, represent an attempt to gain control over one’s sense of self. In anorexia in particular, a woman’s entire self-worth is boiled down to a number on a scale.

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Let LGBT Be the Issue to Unify Us

June 23, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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Perhaps a dialectic is occurring that will eventually lead to truly widespread acceptance of LGBT individuals. This issue could be an important step on the road to easing tensions between groups, maybe even a cornerstone. Why? It is now recognized that sexual/gender orientation is an issue that any family can encounter and knows no racial, ethnic or political divisions.

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A Mother’s Worry About Assault Weapons

June 16, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Your question, why are such guns available, is the one on everyone’s mind this week. Advocating for better mental health care is one of the actions you can take to help protect your children and other people.

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On the Bright Side: Use Happy Words . . . Good Feelings from Many Cultures

June 14, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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Positive words in other languages—consider, for instance, “Gigil” —Tagalog for “the irresistible urge to pinch/squeeze someone because they are loved or cherished.”

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On the Bright Side: Are Women Better at Having Fun?

June 6, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How an all-female dinner party differed from the usual gatherings of couples—in a good way.

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A Brief Life in the Counterculture

June 3, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

What we gained in that uniquely utopian time far outweighed what was lost. An air of acceptance encouraged individuality, openness and creativity. Everyone deserved a chance to be brought into the fold of peace, love, and rock ’n’ roll. If you were against the Vietnam War, you were cool. If not, we welcomed the chance to change your mind.

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Dr. Ford: Staying Optimistic—Family, Friendship, and Fashion

May 26, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Optimism has declined—because it is out of fashion, Gregg Easterbrook argues. Why is this, when there are so many ways in which the global outlook is rosier than ever? And, surprisingly, the “decline of the middle class” is a myth.

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Schizophrenia: A Lifelong Mental Illness That Extends Beyond the Stereotypes

May 23, 2016 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

There are stories of truly exceptional individuals with schizophrenia — the lawyer and mental health rights activist Elyn Saks and the Nobel Laureate John Nash.

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