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August 3, 2015
by Henry M. Pittman, MA

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Anticipatory Grief: An experience of Bobbi Kristina Brown's family.

August 3, 2015 05:59 by Henry M. Pittman, MA

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As we enter this world as an infant, we grow, we learn, we get older, and we eventually die. It’s the natural order of life. One does not know when he or she will die or how he or she will die, yet we know that day is coming. For some individuals that day comes sooner than later as it did for Bobbi Kristian Brown. On July 26, 2015, Bobbi Kristina Brown the only child from pop icon Whitney Houston and R&B Singer Bobby Brown died that Sunday night. She was 22 years of age. [More]

July 29, 2015
by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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The Ashley Madison Phenomenon: Why Do Married Spouses Cheat?

July 29, 2015 14:38 by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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Ashleymadison.com, a well-known website for spouses wanting to have affairs, has been in the news lately. A group of hackers has threatened to post the personal information of its 37 million users if the Canadian site isn’t closed down. As of July 22 the first names of its customers have been released. This news story once again ignites the age-old question: Why do folks cheat on their spouses? [More]

July 27, 2015
by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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Why Would Anyone Tell Em Ford, "You Look Disgusting"?

July 27, 2015 05:55 by Lorna Hecht, MFT

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The amount and intensity of the public response to photos of a young not-very famous woman and her decision to post photos of herself with and without make-up is very interesting. It highlights a well-known fact; people write things on social media they would be unlikely to say directly to someone they know. Family Systems Theory provides a particular framework for understanding such harsh rhetoric directed at strangers and/or posted anonymously. [More]

July 24, 2015
by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT

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A Chain of Love : Changing People's Lives through Kidney Donation to Strangers

July 24, 2015 05:55 by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT

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According to the National Kidney Foundation, it is estimated that about 12 people die each day while waiting for a kidney transplant. In 2014 alone, about 4,270 patients died while waiting. The average wait time for a patient to receive a transplant is approximately 3.6 years which may vary depending on a number of variables such as health,compatibility, and availability of organs.These statistics are both alarming and discouraging for the patients as well as their families who are desperately praying for a miracle to happen every day. Perhaps their prayers have been heard and are finally being answered by the inception of the National Kidney Registry’s paired exchange program. [More]

July 22, 2015
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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The Real Significance Behind The Semicolon Tattoo Trend

July 22, 2015 05:55 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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There have been a significant number of semi colon tattoos showing up in the news in July. This trend has been worldwide and was started by Project Semicolon, an organization that focuses on concerns of mental illness such as: suicide, depression, addiction,and self-injury.Because an author inserts a semicolon at a point where a sentence could be ended, but is not ended. The reminder is that you are the author of your own life and can choose to continue, rather than end it. [More]

July 20, 2015
by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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The Right to Be Forgotten: It's Impact on Freedom of Speech, Identity and Freedom of Information

July 20, 2015 05:55 by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is Freedom of Speech. But when does that freedom collide with a person’s right to privacy in our country? As a country, we protect freedom of expression. But our forward moving, electronic society means that each person has a digital footprint. Take for example the silly things one does in high school being posted and coming up in a Google search twenty years later affecting ones job or life in a significant way. Should we have the right to remove information that we do not like or think is no longer relevant? Who decides if it is relevant? These are some of the questions currently being asked because of a recent petition filed in the United States by an advocacy group. [More]

July 19, 2015
by Carol Campbell, M.A

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Disney's Annimated Film "Inside Out" Brings Psychology to the People

July 19, 2015 07:00 by Carol Campbell, M.A

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Moviegoers of all ages can thank Disney’s Pixar Studios for brightening the summer of 2015 with a remarkable film, “Inside Out”. This PG-rated movie not only entertains and inspires, but also offers a fantastical but profoundly useful animation of how our feelings call the shots as our minds make meaning of our lives. Who knew that basic psychological principles could be taught by animating five major emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear? [More]

July 18, 2015
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Why Now? Bill Cosby: Rape Allegations Resurface

July 18, 2015 23:17 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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In February of 2014, a rape accusation of one of the great patriarchs of the 1980’s resurfaced. News casters and reporters were revisiting Bill Cosby, otherwise known as Heathcliff Huxtable’s past accusations of sexual assault against multiple women. Since 2005, women have come forth alleging that Mr. Cosby violated them. Some of the events stemmed as far back as 1970’s but weren’t brought to light until 2005. Mr. Cosby, a man that many perceive as a jovial, loving, fun father figure has recently been characterized as a “monster” who admittedly gave Quaaludes to women with the intent to have sex with them. [More]

July 17, 2015
by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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Nintendo CEO Dies at Age 55, Leaving a Legacy of Happiness

July 17, 2015 05:55 by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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The same day that Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo for more than a decade, passed away from a long growing tumor, there was a rainbow seen over the headquarters of the gaming giant’s headquarters in Kyoto. This symbol served as an appropriate tribute to the man who ushered in an age of cross cultural, cross national and cross age interaction with technology. Iwata had a vision of future with video games that made them accessible all kinds of people, especially those who had never felt comfortable with them before. [More]