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How to be happily partnered for life
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 14 July 2014 - 0 Comments

  Long-term couples who share a tender connection with each other fascinate most observers. It is expected that time will preserve loving couples’ contentment and ease with each other, but not the original vibrant, [...]

Are political views innate or acquired?
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 08 July 2014 - 0 Comments

Upon declaring your political affiliation, Republican, Democrat or Independent, you are immediately rendered a friend or a foe, safe or unsafe, worth befriending or avoiding. Some may embark upon helping you alter your perspective [...]

Fatherhood is not in the DNA
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 29 June 2014 - 0 Comments

With the blessings of advanced technological methods, many previously unknown social questions are now easily answered through simple medical testing. Paternity validation is one of the formerly illusive pieces of information that impacts many [...]

Does technology harm human connectedness?
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 25 June 2014 - 0 Comments

Human connection enables our brains to mature, our emotions to evolve and our bodies to develop healthily. Throughout life, our social connection to others nourishes us, validates our worth, intensifies human bonding and secures [...]

Dealing With Discontented People
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 20 June 2014 - 0 Comments

Most people know some individuals who are consistently dissatisfied with their lives, with others, with the “system” and spend a great deal of time lamenting about their lives. They are enveloped by chronic unhappiness, [...]

How to Combat Self-Criticism
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 09 June 2014 - 0 Comments

Since self-esteem is not innate, children need their parents and other significant adults to help them establish their self-view. Young children may be heard praising or reprimanding themselves in response to their conduct. The [...]

Coping with Marital Separation
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 01 June 2014 - 0 Comments

When the luster of the initial infatuation between couples begins to wane and life challenges pit married pairs as adversaries and as their enthusiastic connection becomes a luxury of the past, some couples elect [...]

Replace Blaming with Compassion
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 26 May 2014 - 0 Comments

Human beings are other-dependent from birth. We know from infancy that displeasing our caregivers is hazardous to our wellbeing and thus adapt to pleasing behaviors. We also learn early to deflect responsibility for disapproved [...]