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  • Self Esteem

    By Dennis Prager

    February 27, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    I will use my old friend Richard Gunther’s accompanying letter as a jumping-off point for a discussion of the self-esteem movement.

    First to some specifics in his letter, which can be read in full on page 7.

    “True self-esteem comes from a personal recognition of a job well done...

  • Ask Your Therapists

    By Monica Farassat

    December 22, 2011 | 1:11 pm

  • Natalie Portman and the psychology behind ‘Black Swan’

    November 29, 2010 | 3:54 pm

    When Natalie Portman cracked open the script for “Black Swan,” the saga of an ambitious ballerina’s mind-blowing nervous breakdown, she instantly understood where her character was coming from.

    It’s not that Portman has any personal experience with mental illness. In fact, the...

  • Natalie Portman and the psychology behind ‘Black Swan’

    November 29, 2010 | 3:54 pm

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  • Theater: De-fusing ‘Random Sharp Objects’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the semi-autobiographical play "Random Sharp Objects," two Jewish women engage in a kind of impromptu psychoanalysis session. Hali (Hali Morell) describes growing up with a hippie-therapist Dad who talked too frankly about sex. As an adult, she says, she was drawn to a series of...
  • 10 books about happiness

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    1. "Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment" by Tal Ben-Shahar (McGraw-Hill, 2007).

    2. "Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment" by Martin Seligman (Free Press, 2004).

    3. "Flow: The Psychology...
  • Can happiness be taught?

    By Amy Klein

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Are you happy?

    No, seriously.

    Are. You. Happy?

    You can't answer that question, can you? You know what the first two words mean, but you're not exactly sure what that third word is, even though you use it all the time. "This makes me happy"; "She seems happy"; "Happy Birthday";...

  • Affluent Teens: Do polished exteriors hide impoverished interiors?

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Adolescence.

    The mere thought of it strikes fear in the heart of many a parent. A tumultuous time of intellectual, physical and moral growth, adolescence can be wondrous, exciting ... and terrifying. Teens and their parents find themselves negotiating every rule -- "Sara's mother...

  • I challenged karma, but did the karma win?

    By Amy Klein

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Contrary to what the polls say, California must be the most religious state in the union. Now that Pluto's gone, it should be classified as its own planet.

    I remember when I first realized this. I'd been living here for less than a year, and I was in a car with three other women.

    ...

  • Playing Those ‘Mind Games’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Marc Salem can "read" the serial numbers on a bill in your wallet, stop his own pulse and guess a word you've picked from a book.

    Striding about the stage with a mischievous smile, eyebrows waggling, he seems to pluck audience members' names and personal information out of thin air....

  • The Best Presents: Ritual and Repetition

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    During my family's annual Thanksgiving beach road trip this year, my kids showed remarkable stamina for tolerating monotony as they watched the "Rugrats' Chanukah" video 12 times in a row. I was about to inquire how they could manage to consistently laugh like fiends each time they...

  • PhD on the Flying Trapeze

    By Beverly Gray

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    You're on the flying trapeze, gliding fearlessly through the air. Keeping you aloft, 30 feet above gaping spectators, are your trusted teammates. Today, your welfare is in their hands. Tomorrow they'll go back to being -- the guys from accounting?

    On that premise, Edy Greenblatt has...

  • The Love Impaired

    By Matt Lipeles

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    You remember the famous line from "Forrest Gump"? "I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is."

    The other day, it suddenly hit me. I'm the anti-Forrest Gump. I am a smart man (or at least I test well) but I don't think I know what love is at all. There is nothing I find as...

  • A 5765 Resolution

    By Maurice J. Elias

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, the late psychologist and author Julius Segal wrote an article of exceptional depth, wisdom and practicality for Parents Magazine. His message was simple: For children to thrive, they must have the respect, acceptance and patience of parents who cherish them.

    Each of these...

  • A 5765 Resolution

    By Maurice J. Elias

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, the late psychologist and author Julius Segal wrote an article of exceptional depth, wisdom and practicality for Parents Magazine. His message was simple: For children to thrive, they must have the respect, acceptance and patience of parents who cherish them.

    Each of these...

  • Playing at Pollard

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Playwright Martin Blank confesses he has an affinity for spy stories. It was this attraction that drew him to a book about great American espionage cases a few years ago -- and to the story of Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew who received a life sentence in 1987 for passing...