‘Mad Men,’ Seriously . . .

May 21, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don Draper’s life is dominated by an emptiness created by the longing for the mother he never had and a need to escape from that emptiness whenever he feels uncomfortable. Matthew Weiner has given us a beautifully rendered portrait of a kind of narcissistic type known as the “as if” personality disorder.

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Infertility Treatment’s Toll on Sexual Intimacy

May 14, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Infertility treatments often contain mood-altering hormones. Furthermore, the monthly drama of hope and disappointment accompanying each cycle is very taxing. And the focus on reproductive tactics, including timing of ovulation and other techniques, takes any chance of “romance” out of lovemaking.

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Countdown to Mother’s Day: Childless by Choice (Dr. Ford on Emotional Health)

May 7, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the many issues that “childless” people face is the skepticism and discomfort it creates in those of us who are parents. The latter, zealous converts to the joys of parenthood, find their friends’ choice confusing, and even, at times, threatening.

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Book Review: ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,’ by Jon Ronson

April 16, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Jon Ronson’s new book discusses the extremely dire consequences that have befallen adults who posted imprudent comments on the Internet. How to mitigate the shame?

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Book Review: ‘You Should Have Known,’ by Jean Hanff Korelitz

April 2, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

This novel is a delightful mix of several genres—part comedy of manners, part literary thriller, and part marital self-help book/modern cautionary tale—all of which seem to work.

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Marriage: Why Staying Together May Be Good For You (Dr. Ford on Emotional Health)

March 26, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

A key finding in a new study on married couples is the importance of the role of friendship. Those who considered their spouse to be their ” best friend” reported getting twice as much life satisfaction from marriage as others do.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The Caregiver’s Dilemma in “Still Alice”

March 19, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The most important person in Alice’s life—her husband, John—doesn’t seem to realize the magnitude of Alice’s underlying illness. His preoccupation with himself and his own needs prevents him from understanding that taking Alice away from everything she could still recognize would be devastating.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Depression—the Symptoms Are Not Always What You Expect

March 16, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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

“One of my friends suggested that I might be depressed, but I’m not sure I feel bad enough to be depressed. I’ve never so much as considered harming myself, and I get up every morning to go to work and take care of my family. . .”

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Dr. Moffett on Emotional Health: Trauma, Spirituality, and Healing

March 12, 2015 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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By Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

In confronting the senselessness of the things that had happened to her while at the same time figuring out what could create meaning in her life, my patient was able to leave room for doubt and exploration.

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A Psychologist’s Thoughts on Change

March 5, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

People who walk into a therapist’s office are brave. Not because there’s a stigma attached to it (at least not in New York, where I practice) but because they are willing to reveal themselves to a stranger. They are not complaining. They are willing to say, “I want to look at things I have hidden even from myself.”

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Loving the Emotionally Distant Man

February 19, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“You have to ask yourself how much you are willing to bend, or tolerate, to be with this man,” the psychologist notes. “Loving someone inherently requires us to accept his or her flaws, but when the flaw is in the very realm of loving itself, it can be impossible to maintain your connection to the other.”

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The Illusion of “Having It All”

January 22, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Most working mothers feel that they don’t “have it all”; what they have is two full-time jobs. What they have is “too much” . . . and we have a long way to go before a comfortable choice is available to all.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The Art of Change—When Self-Help Is Not Enough

January 15, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Much resistance to change is due to underlying issues and conflicts that we may not even be aware of. How can you know when you may be unable to change without the help of psychotherapy?

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The Art of Change

January 8, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

A psychologist’s take on the forces that make change so difficult—and the steps we can take to battle them.

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Today’s Talk Topic: Things We Resolve NOT to Do in the New Year

January 5, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Calling our readers! We’re crowd-sourcing a list of New Year’s Anti-Resolutions—things we’re resolving NOT to do in 2015—and YOU’RE our source(s). Comment away!

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