Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years experience as a psychotherapist in New York City. A specialist in women’s emotional health, her areas of expertise and interest include marriage and relationship therapy, parenting, sexual health and menopause, eating disorders and addictions, and body image. She also researches and advises women over 40 about Internet dating.
Many of us have experienced how letting our minds wander for a bit may get us unstuck when we are trying to solve a problem. The brain areas that allow people to solve complex problems become more active during daydreaming.
There’s no question that the two species offer different rewards. Dogs, friendly, affectionate, and oriented to meeting human needs indulge our need for affection. Cats are beautiful, elegant, and inscutable, providing endless mystery to their devotees.
While most would agree that sexuality is a key aspect of marital happiness, including sexual attraction, satisfaction, compatibility, and fidelity, a great many couples go through changes in one or more of these areas during the course of a long marriage.
It is taking a long time for us to have a healthy number of women in positions of power. But it’s hard not to wonder what thorny problems could be worked out if more women were running Wall Street and Washington.