September/October 2014

Editor's Note

Growing Up In an Age of Distraction: Is There a Crisis of Pseudo-Connection in Today’s Families?

September/October 2014
Has the time come to consider whether the profound changes in our economy, technology, and culture over these last couple of decades have opened up a breach in the very experience of intimate connection in middle-class families around the world? And if so, what can we as therapists do about it?
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The Rise of the Two-Dimensional Parent

Are Therapists Seeing a New Kind of Attachment?

September/October 2014
We used to think that disordered attachment was the result of early parental neglect or abuse. But today, has a paradoxical mix of parental overinvolvement and inattention led to a social epidemic of pseudo-attachment?
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Bubble-Wrapping Our Children

The Perils of Overprotective Parenting

September/October 2014
We've become so focused on keeping children safe that we exaggerate the dangers they face despite the fact that they’ve never been safer. Still, no amount of statistical reports can get parents to stop hovering over their child. What’s a therapist to do?

Getting Unhooked

Connecting with Traumatized Kids Who Push Your Buttons

September/October 2014
Most parents “loan” children their adult regulatory system beginning at birth. But developmentally traumatized teens have missed out on this opportunity when they were little. Thus, a major goal of therapy is to backfill this absolutely essential experience, which is often not an easy job.
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The Downside of Happiness

Beware of What You Wish For

September/October 2014
Although happiness is widely beneficial, organizing one’s life around it can lead to a great deal of effort and time being spent unwisely. Trying too hard to be happy interferes with the pleasure, engagement, and meaning we could otherwise find in the world.

Clinician's Digest

Psychotherapy in the Media Spotlight

September/October 2014
Bessel van der Kolk, a leading trauma therapist, takes on the New York Times.

In Consultation

The Power of the Pen in Therapy: Some journaling exercises to enhance your work

September/October 2014
Some guidelines for bringing the creative power of therapeutic journaling into your work.

Case Study

Questions of Gender: A therapist struggles with the clinical choices he’s made

September/October 2014
A therapist takes an unflinching look at a puzzling case that spanned 14 years, wondering if he made a wrong turn.

Point of View

The Tribal Classroom: Applying attachment theory in schools

September/October 2014
Lou Cozolino believes that attachment theory and neuroscience may offer the key to transforming our troubled educational system.

Bookmarks

Side By Side: No creative artist is an island

September/October 2014
Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs

An investigation of some of history’s most famous creative teams leads to the conclusion that no artist is an island.

Family Matters

Defying Nature’s Odds: Life is the grand exception

September/October 2014
From the first cell division to the final journey down the birth canal, risks and dangers abound.
September/October 2014
There & Not There
Growing up in an age of distraction