Marcia Sirota is an author, speaker, coach and psychiatrist. She's the founder of the Ruthless Compassion Institute, whose mandate is to help people have better relationships, be happier and create good habits.
Being abused as a child convinces them that they're "bad" and they deserve the same mistreatment in their adult relationships.
Some people are defying the stereotype and choosing to be in loving, long-term relationships without the benefits of cohabiting.
04/23/2018 14:01 EDT
If you recognize someone like this at your workplace, you might be better off looking for a job somewhere else.
03/19/2018 11:10 EDT
And when they do connect with others, the relationships they form aren't always constructive ones.
03/09/2018 15:56 EST
Sarah Silverman chose to show compassion to an online bully, but the rest of us should proceed with caution.
02/26/2018 16:38 EST
When athletes make it brutally clear how ashamed they are of their current administration, it shows the world how much they love their country.
02/09/2018 16:42 EST
We live in a culture of misogyny — and until things start to change, men like Mr. Weinstein will continue to have carte blanche over women's bodies.
10/12/2017 17:11 EDT
More and more young people are entering the marketplace ill-equipped to function optimally at their jobs.
10/10/2017 16:13 EDT
Well-intentioned but deeply detrimental parenting is leaving our young people incapable of functioning.
09/28/2017 13:45 EDT
If you're a parent who finds yourself guilty of over-protecting your kids and doing too much for them, you can start repairing the situation right now.
08/15/2017 12:42 EDT
They must, first of all, stop over-protecting and coddling their own children.
08/10/2017 16:01 EDT
Parents are better off acting as authority figures and not their children's friends, say psychiatrist Marcia Sirota.
06/23/2017 13:31 EDT
If you've grown up with parents who overprotected you, did too much for you, and made you feel like everything was coming to you, you're going to be at an even greater disadvantage than the average graduate in today's marketplace. These helicopter parents love their kids but they're doing them a terrible disservice, as their kids are coming out of college and university lacking the basic skills and mindset that will set them up for success.
06/06/2017 12:11 EDT
If parents and schools make it too easy for young people to shirk their work, it's unlikely that these youth will ever be willing or able to do what's necessary, in order to excel in their training or in their future jobs. If a young person has had helicopter parenting and/or has graduated from a college that coddled them, how can they overcome these disadvantages and achieve success in the workplace? It's simple, if not easy. They have to learn the attitudes and skills that will make it possible for them to succeed.
05/08/2017 11:26 EDT
Helicopter parents think that they're doing what's best for their kids but actually, they're hurting their kids' chances at success. In particular, they're ruining their kids' chances of landing a job and keeping it.
05/02/2017 12:41 EDT
In working with people for over 25 years, I've identified five styles of human interaction. What do I mean by five styles of interaction? I'm describing the ways that people relate to one-another based on what's driving them internally and how much awareness they're bringing to their relationships.
04/06/2017 12:11 EDT
It seems that people have become more and more alienated lately. More often than not, our mode of interaction is transactional, as opposed to empathetic. "Empathetic" and "transactional" are two of the ways that people behave with one-another, and they're quite the opposite.
04/03/2017 11:55 EDT
Parents do their kids no favours when they're in denial of their child's capacity for behaving badly. Parents need to stop idealizing their children. They need to see that even their precious darlings are capable of behaving badly, and that it's their job to guide these children onto the right path in life. If parents remain this state of denial, their children are deprived of of this guidance.
03/21/2017 11:32 EDT
Sex is great, being sexy is great, looking sexy is great. Double standards, not so much. I don't see why a young actress in a magazine article describing her talent and her latest projects must be photographed in her underwear, when a young man in the same situation is photographed in jeans and a shirt.
03/09/2017 01:45 EST
Parents need to take advantage of every opportunity to redirect their teens' energies toward more constructive and fulfilling activities, or risk raising a generation of irresponsible, entitled youth with barely any coping skills to bring to their adult lives.
03/06/2017 05:23 EST
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