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Feeling a Loved One’s Pain – Drama or Reality?
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 31 January 2016 - 0 Comments

When people report feeling the pain of a loved one, is it solely a romantic or dramatic exclamation or does it actually reflect an authentic physiological reaction supported by scientific findings? For centuries, romantic [...]

The Human Fascination with Winning the Lottery
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 25 January 2016 - 0 Comments

It is a natural human instinct to want to be a winner. Being a lottery winner helps one not only become enormously wealthy and feel uniquely blessed as a “special individual”, it also leads [...]

Managing your child’s sibling rivalry
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 19 January 2016 - 0 Comments

Children’s sibling rivalry is a common early form of competition for primacy. When a young child observes a positive engagement between his/her mother or father and the new baby, the toddler instinctually feels disempowered [...]

Maintaining Compassion During Another’s Distress
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 11 January 2016 - 0 Comments

Those who veer from standard behavior are likely to arouse bewilderment, fear and criticism by observers. Any unanticipated conduct by another driver, passenger, colleague or acquaintance that destabilizes us and evokes fear, anger or [...]

Why do we blame others  and ourselves
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 11 January 2016 - 0 Comments

Most people proclaim to know themselves quite well and to understand their needs, emotions, behaviors and motivations. Yet, at times they say, “I don’t know what I was thinking, what my motivation was or [...]

How to Better Understand Yourself and Others
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 11 January 2016 - 0 Comments

Most people proclaim to know themselves quite well and to understand their needs, emotions, behaviors and motivations. Yet, at times they say, “I don’t know what I was thinking, what my motivation was or [...]

Three Essential Traits for a Solid Union
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 04 January 2016 - 0 Comments

Psychologists, researchers, therapists, mental health professionals and others have sought to identify the essential emotions and behaviors necessary for creating a secure and healthy love relationship. Many theories have evolved and studies conducted to [...]

Keeping in Touch With Childhood Friends
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 27 December 2015 - 0 Comments

All friendships made throughout our lives are immensely essential to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Childhood friendships are uniquely precious and valuable to us. The power of friendships has been well documented by [...]