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Family Desk Reference To Psychology

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Table Of Contents

Introduction     1

Part 1: General Information and Advice     7

  1. Happiness     8
  2. Love     11
  3. Humor     12
  4. Thinking     14
  5. Emotions     26
  6. Communication Skills     36
  • Communication Problems     36
  • Positive Communication     38
  • Helpful Listening Skills     39
  • Criticism and Conflicts     41
  1. Nonverbal Communication     45
  2. Interests and Activities     53
  3. Problem Solving     62
  • Time Management     66
  1. Stress     68
  • Coping with Stress     71
  • Exercise     72
  • Relaxation Skills     75
  1. Easy, Small, Successful Changes     85
  2. Help from Other People     88
  3. Rewards, Penalties, and Contracts     92
  4. Roleplay     95

Part 2: How to Solve Personal Problems     105

  1. Social Life     106
  • Loneliness and Shyness     106
  • Conversation Skills     108
  • Meeting People and Making Friends     111
  • Keeping Friends and Relationships     115
  • Flirting and Dating     116
  • Is This Relationship Good for Me?     119
  1. Assertiveness     122
  2. Job Hunting     127
  3. Sex     133
  • Sexual Communication     134
  • Sexual Myths     136
  • Homosexuality     137
  • Sex in Old Age     138
  • Men Who Reach Orgasm Too Quickly     139
  • Problems with Female Orgasm or Male Erection     140
  1. Pregnancy: Facts and Decisions     150
  • Pregnant Teenagers     153
  1. Before Getting Married     156
  2. Marriage and Couple’s Problems     161
  3. Raising Children     172
  • Babies     173
  • Toddlers     181
  • Toilet Training and Bedwetting     184
  • Thumb Sucking, Nail Biting, and Stuttering     186
  • Bedtime, Mornings, and Meals     188
  • Helpful Ways of Showing Your Love     193
  • Setting a Good Example     196
  • Teaching and Training Your Children     198
  • Good Hygiene     199
  • Kindness and Other Virtues     200
  • Problem Solving     201
  • Chores     202
  • Fears     203
  • Shyness     203
  • Impulsiveness and Attention Deficit Disorder     205
  • Reducing the Need for Discipline     210
  • Discipline     213
  • Temper Tantrums     223
  • Sibling Rivalry     224
  • Profanity and Lying     225
  • Stealing     227
  • Making Learning Fun and Developing Skills     228
  • Helping Your Children Do Well in School     243
  • What about Television?     247
  • Discussing Sex with Your Children     252
  • Teenagers     260
  • Disabled Children     269
  • Whose Problem Is It?     270
  1. Divorce     274
  2. Middle Age and Old Age     291
  3. Death and Suicide     299
  4. Grief, Trauma, and Crises     307
  5. Depression     316
  6. Anger     327
  7. Anxiety, Worry, Fear, and Phobia     336
  8. Guilt     349
  9. Self-Esteem     351
  10. Insomnia     354
  11. Substance Addictions and Gambling     358
  12. Nervous Habits     388
  13. Obesity and Eating Disorders     389
  • Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder     400
  1. Abuse and Rape     407
  • Definitions     407
  • Statistics     409
  • History     411
  • Reasons for Violence     411
  • Sexual Harassment     416
  • Rape     418
  • Child Sexual Abuse     425
  • Child Abuse     427
  • Woman Abuse     435
  1. Getting over the Past     454

Part 3: Conclusion     463

  1. Understanding Yourself     464
  2. Dreams     469
  3. Warnings about Psychology     477
  4. Important Advice about Counseling     492
  5. Preventing Violence and Crime     500
  • Gun Control     500
  • Sex Education, Birth Control, and Adoption     505
  • Home Visits to Parents     510
  • Daycare     511
  • School, Youth, and Gang Programs     513
  • Policies for Abuse     520
  • Drug Policy     525
  • Other Legal and Police Improvements     528
  • Final Suggestions     534

Select Bibliography     539

Index     543

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