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Kindness And Empathy In The Face of Terror: Lessons From Our Children

December 14, 2017


In the immediate days following the Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013, I, like thousands of others in our community, was moved to seek some way to be of help.

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“You would do it if you loved me.” Teens, Coercive Relationships, and Digital Media

December 12, 2017


You would have to be completely unplugged to have missed the heightened reports of sexually coercive behavior among celebrities, prominent media figures, and politicians. Indeed, the seemingly sudden explosion of public knowledge of these deplorable actions might lead you to believe that we are encountering a new phenomenon.

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The Psychological Gift Of Giving A Gift

December 6, 2017


Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

The holidays are, alas, upon us.

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Let’s Talk Turkey

November 21, 2017


The expression, ‘talking turkey,’ has two opposite original meanings—to speak pleasantly around the dinner table, or to skip the niceties, and get right to what’s important.  It is, of course, this second meaning that persists in everyday conversation, as when we say, “Let’s talk turkey about why you don’t eat your vegetables.

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The Clay Center Launches Multimedia Effort to Promote Mental Wellness Among Youth

November 15, 2017


New film series and video podcast promote conversations to shift the social landscape of mental health



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Memories Of A Veteran’s Son: Living With Undiagnosed PTSD

November 11, 2017


In honor of Veterans Day and all of the men and women who have and continue to serve this great country, we’re reposting Dr. Gene Beresin’s memories of his father and his sacrifice below.


Waking my dad early in the morning was terrifying.

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Why Are We Denying Purple Hearts To Veterans With PTSD?

November 10, 2017


I have seen Arthur Segaloff* for psychiatric care for over 20 years. He suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following his two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Arthur attended the University of Massachusetts, and graduated in 1969.

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Another Shooting – Another Opportunity To Comfort And Talk With Our Kids

November 6, 2017


So far in 2017,  there have been 307 mass shootings, an average of one a day since the beginning of the year, resulting in at least 399 deaths and 1,515 injuries.

Who wouldn’t be shocked and terrified by this statistic? Anyone reading that would come to the alarming conclusion that our country is not a very safe place.

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How to Be “Smart” in the Time of Smartphones

November 2, 2017

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If you were born more than a couple of decades ago, the chances are pretty good that you’ll remember the family dinner where there were five conversations at once.

“I got a lousy grade in math today,” you might have said.

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Embracing Reason in a World of (Expensive) Consumerism

October 17, 2017


Let’s talk about stuff.

I’m not talking about the stuff we talk about when we say to each other “Hey, we got stuff to talk about.”

I mean, literally, stuff. 

I’m talking about stuff you can hold, stuff you can carry, stuff that you can tangibly use. Stuff that can, ultimately, cost a whole lot of money.

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