Parenting with Psychology: ABA Behavior Modification

Personally, I hate the term behavior modification. But it has an important place in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Anyone who has worked with, known, or been in contact with a child with an autism spectrum disorder knows behaviors are inevitable. These are highly sensitive, highly rigid individuals, which makes even the slightest deviation tantrum-worthy. The … Continue reading Parenting with Psychology: ABA Behavior Modification

Parenting with Psychology: Therapeutic Alliance and Ruptures

In psychodynamic therapy, the therapeutic alliance is what allows the psychologist and client get the therapeutic work done. What is the therapeutic alliance? Another term for it is working alliance and yet another is rapport. It's the relationship the therapist and client have formed that enables the client to accept what the therapist has to … Continue reading Parenting with Psychology: Therapeutic Alliance and Ruptures

Parenting with Psychology: Erik Erikson’s Stages of Development

I spent a lot of time in psychology classes. I guess that's what happens when you decide you want to be a psychology major and then get a higher degree in it. Though my focus was on clinical psychology with the goal of working with people with psychiatric disorders, I was more interested in children … Continue reading Parenting with Psychology: Erik Erikson’s Stages of Development

Book Review: The Psychology of Zelda edited by Dr. Anthony Bean

Title: The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series Editor: Dr. Anthony Bean Publisher: Smart Pop Publication date: February 19, 2019 Genre: Nonfiction Summary: I'm not a gamer and have never actually played a Zelda game. So, why on Earth did I request this book from NetGalley? Growing up, I watched my younger brother and … Continue reading Book Review: The Psychology of Zelda edited by Dr. Anthony Bean

Preschool is for Playing

A version of this was previously posted on my other blog, Not the Typical Mom. I had something else planned for today, but, since my 4 year old starts his playschool program tomorrow, this is all that's on my mind right now. Okay, my 4 year old isn’t exactly going to preschool, but he’ll be … Continue reading Preschool is for Playing

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge – Day 2 (3rd time)

Thank you so much to Stephen T of Armageddon Cafe for the nomination! Check out his amazing blog, and pick up a free copy of his book! You can't spoil a baby. -Dr. Jules Abrams Even though I'm more of a behaviorist, the psychology graduate program I attended was heavily psychoanalytic. This quote comes from … Continue reading 3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge – Day 2 (3rd time)

Motherhood: Hearing his cries

There's one question that haunts me every single day. Am I hearing, really hearing, my son's cries? I guess there's no way of hiding it. I was a psychology student, in a primarily psychodynamic program (think along the lines of Freud, but modernized). As such, I ended up taking some psychodynamically focused classes, one of … Continue reading Motherhood: Hearing his cries