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Betting on the Holidays

By: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D., APBB

Have you heard about what they are calling life-style gambling? It’s the hottest thing since Texas Hold’em. The basic idea is to place customized bets on real events from your life or someone else’s…

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You Can’t Buy Happiness for Your Child (but maybe you can make a down payment)

By: Jonathan H. Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP

These uncertain economic times are giving a lot of parents the chance to re-examine their priorities as well as their budgets. When revising family budgets, many parents may wonder whether to classify the newest XBOX 360 purchase for their child as either a necessity or a luxury…

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Major Emergency or Minor Aggravation?

By: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP

Is it just me, or are some of us having difficulty telling a true emergency from a false alarm? Or a temporary inconvenience from a life-altering catastrophe? I can almost imagine scenes like these occurring in South Florida’s emergency rooms in the not too distant future…

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Weston Psychologist – IS MY CHILD’S REPORT CARD FOR REAL?

By: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP

Ideally, report cards meaningfully reflect academic achievement and potential.  Yet, this isn’t always the case. “A’s” and “B’s” can have very different meanings from one child to another, depending on such factors like the “track” they are on (Regular, Honors etc.)…

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Social Skills: For Both High and Low Achievers, Quirkiness Matters

By: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP

The impact of social idiosyncrasies on a student’s potential is complicated. While no one has a crystal ball to predict how “quirkiness” will ultimately affect life success, here are some thoughts on the subject…

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Weston Psychologist: MY CHILD NEEDS A TUTOR BUT REFUSES TO HAVE ONE

If you have a child that clearly would benefit from the services of a good tutor but resists having one: First, recognize this isn’t too unusual.  It’s hard for anyone to admit they have “a problem,” and this can be especially difficult for children…

By: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP

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Childhood Version 2.1

By Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D.

For most of human history, children were not at all that important. Unlike life as we know it today, it was clear adults came first and the commandment to “honor thy father and mother” was taken literally…

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Holiday Jobs – Coping with Anxiety

By: Jason Spielman, Psy.D.

Family and friends, enormous feasts, glittery decorations, and long-standing traditions are what the holidays are all about. For most people, this is a time of excitement, fun, and celebration. However, for a person with anxiety, the holidays can bring fear and stress…

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Mid-life crisis: Seen the movie?

By: Jonathan Hoffman Ph.D., ABPP

Although may take middle age in stride, experiencing a mid-life crisis is fairly common among both women and men. For some, the problem is existential: acknowledging that life has reached the midpoint can engender complex self-questioning about the meaning of life…

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Personality Disorder…Or Just Another Annoying Person?

By: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D. ABPP

Teenagers sling denigrating names like “weirdo,” “sicko” and “baby” at other kids whose behavior makes them stand out from the group. Adults, being more sophisticated, use other appellations to indicate disfavor, including many borrowed from psychiatric nomenclature…

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Solving Math Problems

By: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D. ABPP

In an early example of the practical application of math, Roman military commanders practiced “decimation” as a motivational tool. Decimation is a Latin term meaning removal by tenths. This is how it worked: Poorly performing legions were divided into units of ten to draw lots…

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Weathering Wearisome Workplace Martyrs:

By: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D. ABPP

Workplace martyrs: Volunteer beyond the call of duty, making even normal hard workers look like slackers, Sacrifice their personal lives “for the sake of the company” and create drama to make sure everyone knows it, Attempt to make others feel sorry for them…

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Parenting with a Purpose is Step One

By E. Katia Moritz, Ph.D. ABPP

It is hard to deny that parenting is probably among the most challenging tasks we can face in our adult lives. Parents usually have the right intentions and we all want what is best for our kids, but how does this translate into actions?…

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Self-Help: Even If You Were Born This Way, Do You Have To Stay Stuck This Way?

By: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP

Lady Gaga’s anthemic hit song “Born this Way” understandably struck an empowering chord with many people who feel different, misunderstood, shunted off to the side, have disabilities, or express themselves with non-conventional ideas or lifestyles…

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Think Positively About Waiting

By: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D, ABPP

Do you have trouble waiting? Why? If you were delayed a few minutes or even a few hours, what’s the worst that could happen? Would you or a loved one die? Would you miss your opportunity of a lifetime? If this is the case, it makes sense if you are in a hurry…

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