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5 Steps To Choosing Torture: Psychologists Breaking Bad

This post originally appeared on Psychology Today in July, 2015. Earlier this month, a 542-page report was released, concluding that top officials of the American Psychological Association, including its ethics director, contorted and altered the association’s ethics policies so the psychologists on the Pentagon’s payroll could use their expertise to refine and expand methods of torture. The new “ethics […]

Arrrr!… Parent Like a Pirate!

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post in November, 2014. As any concerned citizen preparing for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I did some preparation, reading Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates, a history of pirates by the English naval historian David Cordingly. With 25 years […]

When it Comes to Corporal Punishment, Just Don’t Do It

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post in October 2014. Corporal punishment is bad, so it’s good to not do it or stop doing it. More about that later. Adrian Peterson did not impose corporal punishment. Peterson beat his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, inflicting cuts, welts and bruises over several parts of the […]

How to Improve Your Sex Life: Risk Living Dangerously

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post in October 2014. A couple recently came into my office.  On paper, they had a reasonably healthy marriage. Greg had suffered some setbacks at work, and got depressed sometimes, but Sue did her best to be kind and generous. They still got the kids to soccer games, managed […]

The Kids Will Be All Right: ‘Beating’ Autism

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post in September, 2014. If “hope” was a drug, the worst addicts would be parents. Proof came in a recent New York Times Magazine cover story, “The Kids Who Beat Autism,” which offered a few Cinderella stories against a common evil step-sister, the motley crew of diagnoses lumped into […]

A Pathway, Not a Prison

This post originally appeared on Slate in April, 2014. Written by Hanna Rosin. Many children on the autism spectrum develop affinities, or what we might call obsessions. They focus on things like train schedules, maps, baseball scores, video games, or, in the case of Owen Suskind, the subject of his father, Ron Suskind’s, new book, […]