Mother-Blaming Signals a Need for Better Mental Health Training

In her 12/30/12 post to “The Conversation” (, psychiatrist Dr. Peggy Drexler ( writes about the inordinate blaming of mothers for their children’s problems, offering as an example clinical conferences in which there appears to be disturbingly naive thinking on the part of some mental health professionals: “In case conference after case conference, it was always […]

Are We Over-Protecting Privacy Rights at the Expense of Security?: Response to Paul Steinberg’s article, “Our Failed Approach to Schizophrenia”

Good article by psychiatrist Paul Steinberg ( in The New York Times (“Our Failed Approach to Schizophrenia,” He writes bravely about the way in which the rights of mentally ill American citizens wind up encroaching upon the rights of other citizens to feel decently safe in public from the more malignant expressions of violence […]

Surprise! Psychology Matters

Surprise! Psychology Matters Follow this link for an article about reputable research indicating that psychological factors play a larger role in a person’s ability to adapt and succeed than do material advantages or even raw IQ. But we know this already, or should know it. People continue to be surprised when—once again—character, civic-mindedness, and emotional […]

Bullying and the Non-Athletic Boy (interview, The Washington Post)

Bullying and the Non-Athletic Boy (interview,The Washington Post) If you’re interested in reading about some of our cultural contributions to the bullying of boys who don’t care for sports, check out my interview by “On Parenting” blog author Janice D’Arcy of the Washington Post. 

Bullying Has a Long History in American Entertainment”

Bullying Has a Long History in American Entertainment” In her opinion piece (The Modesto Bee, 7/21/12), Jan Sharp points out that bullying has been around forever; she questions the response of those who self-righteously treat it as a newly discovered problem without considering the role of our culture and our own selves in its perpetuation. […]

I Wouldn’t Take My Kids Either

Mary Pols isn’t taking her kid to see The Hunger Games and I’m right there with her ( Never mind that my boys are all sixteen or older and that I can’t reasonably legislate their attendance at a PG-13 movie. But I would want to ask them this: Guys, of all the ways you could […]