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Kindness, Compassion Can Alleviate Anxiety
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 24 August 2015 - 0 Comments

Most people expect to experience some physical deterioration as they age. Many individuals consider with dread the possible physical, functional or mental decline they may encounter in the future but few adults are aware [...]

The Challenges and Costs of Keeping Secrets
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 17 August 2015 - 0 Comments

Most people harbor at least a few personal secrets that they are reluctant to share with others. Though the secrecy is intended to protect the individual of feared social alienation, harboring these uneasy emotions [...]

Is Human Behavior Elective or Pre-determined?
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 09 August 2015 - 0 Comments

Recent news of violence by policemen re-sparked the discussions of the appropriateness of authority figures’ conduct. The courts will ultimately determine these questions on a case-by-case basis. Is there an overriding perspective that can [...]

Be the Best Parent Your Children Deserve
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 03 August 2015 - 0 Comments

It is often surprising to some adult siblings to discover that their recollections of their parental upbringing vary greatly and that their views of their parents are also not necessarily identical. What can we [...]

Validating Others is a Win-Win Practice
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 27 July 2015 - 0 Comments

One of the most common complaints expressed by mates during couple therapy is that one or both do not feel valued, respected, appreciated or positively regarded by the other. Why would these attributes command [...]

The Secrets to a Happy, Healthy Marriage
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 20 July 2015 - 0 Comments

Why do some marriages survive, thrive or fail? The secrets to a healthy and satisfying long-term union between two committed partners have intrigued many individuals and researchers alike. Various psychological, developmental, relational and situational [...]

The benefits of being coupled in later years
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 13 July 2015 - 0 Comments

Our culture idolizes youthfulness, high energy, productiveness, quick wit and fast-paced life. It also delights in young couples and families. We may not be fully appreciative of the exceptional benefits of later life love [...]

Protect Your Children’s Rights During and After Your Divorce
By: Offra Gerstein, Ph.D. - 06 July 2015 - 0 Comments

The divorce of one’s parents is difficult and emotionally distressing for children of all ages. A subsequent remarriage of either parent creates an additional adjustment.  A father’s remarriage to a younger woman may be [...]