The Family Anatomy Podcast
Dr. Brian MacDonald and Dr. Giuseppe Spezzano talk about the trials and tribulations of parenting and relationships. Psychologists who are also parents, they take listeners behind the curtain to discuss how they deal with their own kids while bringing in cutting-edge research findings about development and mental health.

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Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discuss recent news about parenting and mental health, including:

  • Are people becoming less intelligent?
  • Expressing anger and its link to heart attacks
  • Does starting school young lead to learning problems?

Find out about the latest news in this week's show!

For famoily and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA165_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the evolution of their approach to working with families, and changes that they've made over the 5 years of the podcast. A renowned expert in child development joins them in the studio as a surprise guest. Find out about:

  • the shift from a behavioural approach to a focus on the relationship between parents and children
  • overcoming prior learning to shift to more effective strategies for helping children
  • the importance of the parent-child relationship in helping children to develop
  • how your relationship can affect your child's behaviour
  • the difference between an "expert" approach and a developmental model

It's the fifth anniversary of Family Anatomy this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA161_-_Anatomy_of_Five_Years.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:48pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent research stories, including:

  • Do the popular people on Facebook have different brains than everyone else?
  • How telling people about your vacation can ruin your fun
  • What can parents do if their children's friends are a bad influence on them?

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA139_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:08pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe examine the research behind life coaching and a common technique practiced by coaches, neuro-linguistic programming.

  • What are the typical goals in life coaching?
  • What are the risks involved in the coaching process?
  • What is "neuro-linguistic programming" and does it work?

Find out about coaching and NLP this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA138_-_Anatomy_of_Life_Coaching.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

Spring fever is upon us! In this blast from the past, Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discuss childhood and teen crushes.

  • How do parents handle the strong feelings that their teenaged children can develop?
  • What types of romantic feelings do younger and older teens tend to develop with their peers?
  • What behaviours suggest that your child might be putting himself or herself at risk for hurt feelings?

Find out what we think this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA_Retro-Anatomy_of_Childhood_Crushes.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:49pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discuss obesity and its prevention in children and within couples.

  • How big a problem is obesity?
  • What are the factors that predict obesity in children?
  • How should parents or spouses react if they're concerned about a loved one's weight?
  • What strategies could be helpful?

Find out what we think this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA137_-_Anatomy_of_Obesity.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent psychology news stories, including:

  • Parental overreactions and toddler behaviour problems
  • Does cosmetic surgery make you feel better?
  • How the science of love can help people in the dating pool

Find out the latest news this week!

For more family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA136_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about psychological testing, including:

  • When should parents consider obtaining psychological testing for their child?
  • Should very young children be assessed?
  • What kinds of abilities, symptoms, and behaviours can be assessed using psych testing?
  • What should parents consider when choosing a psychologist?

Find out all about psychological testing this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA135_-_Anatomy_of_Psychological_Testing.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:53pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the importance of active listening, including:

  • Why active listening builds trust between parents and children, as well as in other relationships
  • The benefits of active listening
  • How to listen actively
  • Does talking about sad feelings prolong sadness?
  • The great debate: researchers question whether listening is important between spouses

Find out all about active listening this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA134_-_Anatomy_of_Active_Listening.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:02pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about recent news stories about families and relationships, including:

  • Should Doctors Brian and Giuseppe be given a time out for rejecting time outs?
  • How relationship problems can be passed on through generations
  • Is making your child the centre of your universe creating problems for kids? What should parents do about it?
  • A new program is using technology to help teens to quit smoking

Get the latest parenting and relationship news in this week's episode!

For more family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA133_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:26pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe continue their talk with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, author of Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need To Matter More Than Peers, about how parents can help their kids to reach their potential while avoiding behaviour problems. 

  • How can parents help their kids to become resilient so they can deal with difficult situations?
  • Why do some kids have trouble adapting?
  • How do time-outs and other forms of discipline affect the parent-child relationship?

Find out what Dr. Neufeld thinks this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA132_-_Anatomy_of_Family_Connections_Pt._2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, author of Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need To Matter More Than Peers, about how parents can help their kids to reach their potential while avoiding behaviour problems. 

  • What should parents see if their child is maturing?
  • What is required for a child to reach his or her potential?
  • How can parents make it easier for their kids to develop optimally?
  • What can parents and teachers do to reduce defiance or noncompliance?

Find out what Dr. Neufeld thinks this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA131_-_Anatomy_of_Family_Connections_Pt._1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:56pm EST

An increasing number of people, perhaps especially those leaving long-term relationships, are looking for romantic partners through online dating sites. But does online dating really work? Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the pros and cons of online dating:

  • Who uses online dating sites?
  • What are the real odds that someone will meet a long-term partner online?
  • Do online matchmaking tests really work?
  • What about the potential for deception in online profiles?

Find out what we think this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA130_-_Anatomy_of_Online_Dating.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the impact of puberty on kids, especially when physical changes occur early.

  • Are kids entering puberty earlier than before?
  • What is the impact of early puberty?
  • How do kids cope when their bodies change before those of their friends?
  • How can parents make the transition into puberty easier for their kids?

Find out what we think this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA129_-_Anatomy_of_Puberty.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:07pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about homework.

Does homework help kids to do better at school?

What about kids who are falling behind?

How can parents help their kids to stay motivated?

Find out what we think this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA128_-_Anatomy_of_Homework.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discuss violent toys, including toy guns and pellet guns.

  • Why do we limit our kids' access to toy guns (or don't limit it)?
  • Do violent toys contribute to an increase in aggressive behaviour?
  • Why are boys so interested in playing with violent toys?
  • Should parents ban their children from playing with toy guns and swords?

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Note: Posts on Family Anatomy are for education only, and are not intended to replace professional or medical advice. If you need to talk to someone about family or mental health issues, you can get a referral from your family doctor. Doctor Brian and Giuseppe discussed kids in general in this episode, but every child is unique; your experience may vary from those discussed in this episode.

Direct download: FA127_-_Anatomy_of_Violent_Toys.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31pm EST

As Canadian Thanksgiving approaches, Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discuss gratitude. For centuries, spiritual leaders and philosophers have been aware of the importance of gratitude. In the past 15 to 20 years, the effect of gratitude on mental health has been a topic of discussion among psychologists and other therapists. This week:

  • the development of gratitude in children
  • the social impact of gratitude, in relationships and in communities
  • is gratitude an antidote to aggression?
  • how gratitude affects people who are dealing with depression and anxiety

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA126_-_Anatomy_of_Gratitude.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:04pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about competition and cooperation.

  • How much competitive behaviour is too much?
  • How can you tell if competitiveness is a problem?
  • Should daycares focus on cooperation only?
  • What if spouses compete with one another?

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA125_-_Anatomy_of_Competition.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:27pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent research stories, including:

  1. Are dads important? 
  2. Contempt and affection among newlyweds (and The Four Horsemen of the Marital Apocalypse)
  3. Can medical research be trusted?

For more family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA124_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Doctor Brian continues his discussion with the members of Courage My Love and their parents about the support that allowed them to pursue their dream of becoming professional musicians.

This week:

  • Dealing with concerns about safety, and how the band members protect one another
  • Sibling rivalry, and preventing rivalry within the band
  • How they found a balance between schoolwork and music
  • Coping with negative reviews and online comments
  • Developing the confidence to perform in front of an audience

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA123_-_Anatomy_of_Encouragement_Part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Doctor Brian talks with the members of Courage My Love and their parents about how their parents helped them to develop their talent and follow their dream of becoming professional musicians.

Did their parents have to push them to practice their instruments?

How did they overcome stage fright?

What are the benefits for parents who help their kids to develop their talents?

Plus, the parents recall their kids earliest performances!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA122_-_Anatomy_of_Encouragement_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:42pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe continue their talk with Dr. John Cacioppo, author of "Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection", about what to do when you, or someone you care about, feel isolated, including:

  • lonely behaviours that make the problem worse
  • what lonely people can do to find a connection
  • what lonely people should look for to find a fulfilling relationship
  • what you can do if your spouse, your child, or your friend is lonely 

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA121_-_Anatomy_of_Loneliness_Part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:59pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk with Dr. John Cacioppo, author of "Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection", about what happens when people feel isolated, including:

  • the importance of loneliness as a signal to our social selves
  • the physical effects that make chronic loneliness as dangerous as smoking,
  • the effects of "time out",
  • how we can still feel lonely even with hundreds of Facebook friends

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA120_-_Anatomy_of_Loneliness_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:50pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent psychology news stories, including:

  1. What happens to a marriage when a spouse is given more to do at work?
  2. Will babies learn from someone who's not trustworthy?
  3. How positive fantasies and visualization affect your ability to reach your goals.

For more family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA119_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:09pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe continue their talk with Dr. Sue Johnson, author of "Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love". 

How can couples overcome relationship problems?

Can a relationship be saved after an affair?

What should you look for in a mate?

Find out what Dr. Johnson thinks this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA118_-_Anatomy_of_Love_Part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:38pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe speak with Dr. Sue Johnson, author of "Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love".

What is the "science of love"?

Should people look for a soul-mate?

Can every relationship be saved?

Find out what Dr. Johnson thinks this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA117_-_Anatomy_of_Love_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk with Vanessa Van Petten, author of "You're Grounded" and creator of radicalparenting.com, about parenting teenagers "from the kid's perspective." 

What do teens want parents to know?

How can families avoid common conflicts and cyclical arguments?

Find out what Vanessa thinks this week!

For parenting and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA116_-_Anatomy_of_Radical_Parenting.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09pm EST

Should couples get married first or live together? Dr. Brian and Dr. Giuseppe talk about the research.

For more parenting, relationship, and mental health news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA_cl_-_Anatomy_of_Living_Together.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56am EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe introduce new listeners to the show. For the first time, the Family Anatomy philosophy of parenting is described: the 4 Powers of Genuine Parenting and Relating. Based on a combined 30 years of experience as therapists, along with current research on development, emotional well-being, and mental health, learn about the powers that parents can employ to raise safe and successful kids!

Direct download: FA115_-_Anatomy_of_Family_Anatomy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:03am EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about recent parenting and psychology news stories, including:

  1. Why do the kids of depressed parents feel bad?
  2. Does a junk food diet lower IQ?
  3. Why are naps good for you?

For more parenting, relationship, and mental health news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA114_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:31pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe speak with Dr. Michelle Sherman about the impact of parental mental illness on families.

What are the risk factors for kids whose parent is mentally ill?

How can teens cope with mental illness in their family?

Find out this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

 

Direct download: FA113_-_Anatomy_of_Family_Mental_Illness.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:42pm EST

In Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Gabor Maté, we talk about:

  • Why kids bully one another
  • How time-out threatens the parent-child relationship
  • Why parents need to trust their instincts
  • How defiance is relationship-based
  • When "play dates" are inappropriate
  • The connection between relationships, brain development, and ADHD

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA112_-_Anatomy_of_Parent-Child_Relationships_Part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk with Dr. Gabor Maté (author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts and Scattered Minds) about the impact of the parent-child relationship on development.

How do childhood experiences influence drug abuse, depression, anxiety, and attention problems?

Is ADHD genetic, or does experience affect brain development and lead to attention deficit?

What if your kids turn to their peers as role models rather than relying on you?

Find out this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA111_-_Anatomy_of_Parent-Child_Relationships_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:12pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the mid-life crisis as Brian approaches 40.

Does the mid-life crisis exist, or is it a myth?

If it's real, how do you cope?

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA110_-_Anatomy_of_Mid-Life.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:42pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about recent psychology news stories:

  1. Why does revenge feel so good?
  2. How do friendships affect kids' middle school performance?
  3. Dr. Wakefield, the Autism-Vaccination link (or lack thereof), and trust in research

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA109_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:15pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk to Dr. Valerie Whiffen, author of A Secret Sadness: The Hidden Relationship Patterns That Make Women Depressed.

This week, the discussion focuses on couples and the expectations and behaviour in relationships that contribute to depression.

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA108_-_Anatomy_of_Sadness_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe speak to Dr. Valerie Whiffen, the author of A Secret Sadness: The Hidden Relationship Patterns That Make Women Depressed.

What are the patterns in the parent-child relationship that can contribute to later depression?

How can parents protect their children from becoming depressed as adults?

Find out this week!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA107_-_Anatomy_of_A_Secret_Sadness_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

FA Retro - Anatomy of Holiday Stress

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about common sources of stress at this busy time of year, along with some strategies to manage your holiday.

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA_cl-_Anatomy_of_Holiday_Stress.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about trust in relationships.

How is trust established and maintained?

What happens to a relationship when trust is betrayed?

Find out what we think this week!

For more information about parenting and relationships, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA106_-_Anatomy_of_Trust.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

FA105 - Anatomy of Attachment

Psychologists discuss the parent-child bond, and how kids learn about relationships.

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Direct download: FA105_-_Anatomy_of_Attachment.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:52pm EST

Season 3 begins with an interview with Kathi Elborn, a Speech & Language Pathologist, about speech problems and language development.

 

How can parents tell if their child has a speech or language problem?

 

Wait and see or test right away?

 

How do speech and language problems affect school progress?

 

What kind of help is available?

 

Find out in this week's episode!

 

 

Direct download: FA104_-_Anatomy_of_Language.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:54pm EST

FA103 - Anatomy of Lying, Part 2

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk with Dr. Victoria Talwar, a researcher, author, and professor, about the development of lying and how parents can encourage their children to tell the truth.

Website of the Week: Talwar Research Team

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA103_-_Anatomy_of_Lying_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:16pm EST

FA102 - Anatomy of Careers

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about career choices.

How are careers chosen?

What can youth do when they're uncertain about their future job?

Find out on this week's show!

Website of the week:  Occupational Outlook Handbook

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA102_-_Anatomy_of_Careers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:32pm EST

FA101 - Anatomy of Three Things

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent research studies from the world of psychology, including:

  1. How sleep problems and drug use spread trough teen social networks
  2. Dental problems as a warning sign of eating disorders
  3. Young men engage in risky behaviours when attractive women are watching.

Website of the Week: Science Daily

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA101_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:21pm EST

FA100 - Anatomy of 100 Episodes

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe celebrate 100 episodes of Family Anatomy, with a few clips from old shows, a walk down memory lane, and a discussion of future plans.

Website of the Week: Family Anatomy

 

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA100_-_Anatomy_of_Episode_100.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

FA Retro - Anatomy of Teaching Responsibility

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the importance of teaching children to be responsible by giving them jobs around the house.

Dr. G hates the Ch-word, but: give your kids chores!


For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com!

Direct download: FA_Retro_-_Anatomy_of_Chores.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09pm EST

FA099 - Anatomy of Mental Health

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe speak to child psychiatrist and founder of ementalhealth.ca, Dr. Michael Cheng, about anxiety, sensory processing problems, and how parents can find information about mental health problems.

What are the most common mental health concerns?

Are there general strategies for parents who want to help their kids cope with worry?

What are sensory processing problems, and how are they treated? Dr. Cheng recommends SPD Foundation for more information.

Website of the Week: eMentalHealth

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA099_-_Anatomy_of_Mental_Health.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm EST

FA098 - Anatomy of

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk with Allison McDonald, creator of No Time for Flash Cards, about experiential learning, art, the benefits of doing crafts with kids, and balancing parenting with other interests.

Website of the Week: No Time for Flash Cards

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA098_-_Anatomy_of_No_Time_For_Flash_Cards.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:07pm EST

FA097 - Anatomy of Three Things

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about recent research in psychology, including:

  1. What happens to kids who witness bullying?
  2. The effect of having kids on life satisfaction
  3. The language used by couples says something about their relationship.

Website of the week: Science of Loneliness

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com

Direct download: FA097_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:49pm EST

FA Retro - Anatomy of Childhood Crushes

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about childhood and teenage crushes.

For family and psychology news, visithttp://familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA_Retro_-_Anatomy_of_Childhood_Crushes.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

FA096 - Anatomy of Sex Ed

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about how kids learn about sexuality at school and at home. 

When is the best time for parents to talk to their kids about sex?

What do children need to know?

Do abstinence-only programs work? What about "the birds and the bees" talk?

Find out what we think on this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Children Now - Talking with Kids

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

 

Direct download: FA096_-_Anatomy_of_Sex_Ed.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:02pm EST

FA095 - Anatomy of Lying

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about lying and how parents can respond to their kids' fibs. 

How does lying develop?

How can parents prevent it from becoming a problem?

Find out in this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Family Education

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA095_-_Anatomy_of_Lying.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:07pm EST

FA094 - Anatomy of Three Things

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about recent research in psychology, including:

  1. How overweight college students react to spam e-mails
  2. How loneliness spreads between friends
  3. Does month of birth affect IQ?

Website of the week: Scientific American Psychology

For family and psychology news, visit Family Anatomy

Direct download: FA094_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:10pm EST

FA Retro: Anatomy of the Winter Blues Doctors Brian, Giuseppe, and Richard talk about the winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and how to overcome seasonal depression.

Why do people become depressed in the winter?

What can you do if you experience seasonal sadness?

Find out in this week's episode!
Direct download: FA046_-_Anatomy_of_Winter.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:23pm EST

FA093 - Anatomy of Dreams Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about dreams and nightmares.

Do dreams have hidden meanings?

Is it normal for kids to have nightmares?

How can parents help their kids to deal with bad dreams?

Find out in this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Kids Health - Nightmares

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA093_-_Anatomy_of_Dreams.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:10pm EST

FA092 - Anatomy of Compassion Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discuss compassion and its development.

How can you encourage your kids to be compassionate?

What is "self-compassion"?

Find out in this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Charter for Compassion

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA092_-_Anatomy_of_Compassion.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:09pm EST

FA Classic: Anatomy of Resolutions While Doctors Brian and Giuseppe enjoy a holiday break, here's a re-broadcast of last year's episode:

How can you make New Years Resolutions that you can keep?
Get the inside scoop on strategies recommended by psychologists to help people make changes in their lives!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA_cl_-_Anatomy_of_Resolutions.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

FA091 - Anatomy of Santa Claus Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about Santa Claus.

What should parents tell kids about Santa?

What happens when kids no longer believe?

Find out on this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Norad Santa Tracker

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA091_-_Anatomy_of_Santa.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:51pm EST

FA090 - Anatomy of Living Together Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about living together versus marriage.

Are couples who move in together first more likely to stay together?

Is marriage a barrier to breaking up?

What happens when kids are involved?

Find out in this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Divorce Busting

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA090_-_Anatomy_of_Living_Together.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

FA089 - Anatomy of Autism, Part 2 Doctors Brian and Giuseppe speak to Dr. Gillian Graham-Bevan about autism and its treatments.

Autism seems to be on the rise - but how can parents know if there's a problem?

Are there signs to look for?

If your child is autistic, what treatments might be helpful?

Find out this week!

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Direct download: FA089_-_Anatomy_of_Autism_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

FA088 - Anatomy of Three Things Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three stories from the Family Anatomy website, including:
  1. Do infants who know sign language receive better care at daycare?
  2. Can instant messaging with strangers help teenagers recover from rejection at school?
  3. People don't recognize their own incompetence.
Website of the Week: The Mother of All Parenting Blogs

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Direct download: FA088_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:20pm EST

FA087 - Anatomy of Dating Violence Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about dating violence.

What if you're concerned about your child's boyfriend or girlfriend?

Are there warning signs to watch out for?

What should teens know?

Find out what we think in this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Direct download: FA087_-_Anatomy_of_Dating_Violence.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:39pm EST

FA086 - Anatomy of Gentling Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk to William Krill, author of "Gentling: A practical guide to treating PTSD in abused children", about post-traumatic stress and recovery.

What's helpful for stress-reactive kids?

Find out in this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Gentling.org

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA086_-_Anatomy_of_Gentling.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:10pm EST

FA085 - Anatomy of pretending Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about imagination and pretend play, along with the importance of play to child development.

What should parents do if their child has trouble distinguishing between the world of their imagination and the real world?

Find out what we think in this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Parents.com

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.

Direct download: FA085_-_Anatomy_of_Pretending.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

FA084 - Anatomy of Fitting In Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about fitting in, belonging, rejection, and cliques.

Why do kids join groups of jocks, goths, or geeks?

What if your child is rejected by their group?

Find out what we think this week!

Website of the Week: University of Minnesota Children's Hospital

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA084_-_Anatomy_of_Fitting_In.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:01pm EST

FA083 - Anatomy of Three Things Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent stories from familyanatomy.com, including:
  1. Team versus individual sports and self-esteem
  2. Stress levels of mothers whose children have special needs
  3. Boys' body image concerns lead to dangerous behaviours, and parents are sometimes the cause
Website of the Week: Savvy Moms

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA083_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:45pm EST

FA082 - Anatomy of Autism Doctors Brian and Giuseppe speak with Dr. Gillian Graham Bevan, a psychologist whose son is autistic.

How does a psychologist react when she discovers her own child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Find out in this week's episode!

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA082_-_Anatomy_of_Autism.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:31pm EST

FA081 - Anatomy of Memory Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk with Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, author of Eyewitness Testimony, about the reliability of memory.

How well can you trust what you recall?

How do false memories affect behaviour?

Find out what Dr. Loftus thinks in this week's episode!

Website of the week: Innocence Project

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA081_-_Anatomy_of_False_Memory.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35pm EST

FA080 - Anatomy of Body Image Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about body image. Research shows that even young children have concerns about how they look.

How can parents help their children to be satisfied with their appearance?

How are boys and girls affected by media messages?

Found out what we think in this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Body Image - Loving Yourself Inside and Out

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.



Direct download: FA080_-_Anatomy_of_Body_Image.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:39pm EST

FA079 - Anatomy of Three Things Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent stories from the Family Anatomy website, including:
  1. Do depressed moms have depressed kids?
  2. Can Viagra improve your relationship?
  3. Is homework helpful?
NOTE: Dr. Giuseppe explains how Viagra works and what it does. Parental discretion is advised.

Website of the Week: PhD in Parenting

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA079_-_Anatomy_of_Three_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:49pm EST

FA077 - Anatomy of Grandparenting Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the role of grandparents in child development. What are the pros and cons of having your parents involved in the care of your children? How can parents and grandparents avoid potential pitfalls?

Find out what we think in this week's episode!

Website of the Week: National Grandparents Day

For family and psychology news, visit familyanatomy.com.
Direct download: FA077_-_Anatomy_of_Grandparenting.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

FA076 - Anatomy of Personality Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about personality types, including the widely accepted "Big Five" traits. Does your personality determine your behaviour? Is it set at birth or does it change over time?

Find out what we think in this week's episode!

Website of the Week: Starfall.com

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Direct download: FA076_-_Anatomy_of_Personality.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20pm EST