Sibling Rivalry: The First Love-Hate Relationship

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Stop! It’s mine and you can’t have it!” screamed Tommy. “It is too! Let go!” screamed back his brother Mike. Several muffled smacking sounds come from the bedroom and end with Tommy coming out crying and seeking out his mother. This type of situation plays out in most households between brothers and sisters. Sibling rivalry is competition, jealousy, and fighting between brothers and sisters. It…

Difference Between Being Sorry and Punishment

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

One of the great responsibilities parents have is to get their children to behave well when out in public. If parents succeed, then their children become well-adjusted adults and society views those parents as having done their job well. If they fail, there is a steep cost for parents where condemnation often comes from the look on other adults’ faces or having another adult come…

Being Comfortable with Your Own Thoughts

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Would you rather be alone with your own thoughts for 15 minutes or give yourself a painful electric shock? The question seems like a hypothetical one that a person would find in a board game or during idle conversation with friends. However, this very type of situation was presented to participants in an experiment by some social psychologists. They found that people elected to voluntarily…

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