Archives for August, 2010


Internet, Teens, and Families: Weekly Poll

Yesterday, we had a colleague over to work on a joint project. She brought her 11 year old daughter with her (just shy of qualifying as a teen). She walked in the door, sat down at the computer (after politely asking if she could use it), and sat there for four hours logged onto an online community, busy sharing videos and messages and other interactions that we are too unconnected from the scene to understand.

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New Marriage Study: Race, Ethnicity, Religion, and Prayer

The Washington Post cites a new study from the pages of the Journal of Marriage and Family. It appears that the old saying has never been truer: The couple that prays together, tends to stay together--and it doesn't really matter what your race, religion, or ethnicity is as long as you both share the same religious values, practices and beliefs.

With the United States
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Your (Burning) Questions: Weekly Poll Update

Is addiction a moral failing or a disease?  

Have your dreams changed your life?  

What is the most important factor in choosing a therapist?

These are  some of the Therapy Soup Weekly Poll topics that we chose because we wanted to know what you, dear readers, were thinking.

Now it's your turn. Do you have any weekly poll topics you would like to see posted? You can comment, below, or drop us an email at:
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Choosing a Psychotherapist: Weekly Poll

We can probably agree that no one should choose a psychotherapist based on only one factor.   Most or all of the following qualities listed in the poll should be present to some degree. There are quite a few other qualities that we haven't listed however, for lack of space. If you feel they are vital to your decision, please feel free to answer "other."

In addition, feeling something of a personal connection with your therapist is important to successful psychotherapy--some say it is of primary importance, others disagree. For many though, that connection only grows strong after some time has passed, so it isn't always easy to to gauge whether the personal connection you feel upon first meeting a therapist, or the lack thereof, has validity for the long haul.

Assuming that all the qualities are present to an adequate degree, which one would definitely clinch your choice because it is most important to you?
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Sticky Personality? Get Unstuck!

Can you change your personality? According to a new study, your personality in the first grade is a pretty strong predictor of your personality as an adult. The study measured four personality traits--talkativeness (verbal fluency), adaptability (coping well with new situations), impulsiveness, and self-minimizing behavior (being humble to the point of minimizing one's importance) in children in the 1960s and then measured them as adults. They found that the personalities of the participants stayed nearly the same.

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