Balancing individual Self-determination and relational Engagement.

Reflections on the challenge for young adults to reconcile the need for self-determination and individuation with the equally crucial need for relational engagement with others. A "Kaleidoscopic" view on family relational patterns.

Addiction is a Family and Community Event

Many of us are deeply affected by the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman (46) on Sunday, February 2, apparently from an overdose of heroin. His mother, his long-term partner and their three young children are “devastated”. Hoffman had spoken candidly about his decades long struggle with addiction during an interview in 2006.

Categories for Human Anguish? DSM 5: The New Inventory of Mental Illness

People who look for a consultation with a member of Princeton Family Institute engage in a relational process that is at the same time simple and profound. Parents who worry about a child, the partner in a couple who is confused and disappointed about the couple’s life together or an individual in distress or pain begin a conversation with a fellow human being who is listening.

After the Attack on the Boston Marathon: How to Feel Safe in an Unsafe World

We all were still shocked and horrified by the terrible shooting of small children and their teachers at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT.

Now the ruthless and senseless bombing of the Marathon runners in Boston startled us out of our perhaps regained ordinary routine.

In between and before these events, other deadly attacks happened, equally destructive, but maybe less shocking because for us these attacks had already acquired a sense of normality. Extra-ordinary violence seems to become an ordinary event?