ALIEN LANDSCAPE: A Short Story

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Books

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FAMISHED

Flesh rots. Love remains. 

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CRIMSON SNOW: A Short Story

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Books

How far could you go to survive? Whom could you sacrifice? 

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Say Goodbye to Stress! Why Books Might Be the Ultimate Chill Pill.

Thursday, November 02, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Treatment Techniques

I’m an author and a mother. In many ways a stereotypical, do-all-the-things, stressed-out-to-the-max, sacrifice-for-my-kids, mother. But one thing I’ve never been willing to sacrifice is my reading time. Every morning when I wake up, I pull out a book and get in a chapter or two. Ditto before bed. And if I’m overwhelmed with the million little things I have to complete, I read even more. This isn’t because I’m a writer. It’s because I’m a shrink that I am such a strong advocate for curling up with a good book....  continue reading

Can Similar Parents Cause Psychological Issues in Children? Assortative Mating, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obesity and Autism

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships


Assortative mating--or marrying someone much like yourself--is a relatively new phenomenon. In generations past, marriage was often a function of factors like building relationships between families (think joining kingdoms), or for a dowry as opposed to similar dispositions.

Today, times have changed. We live in a computerized world of matchmaking, where we can seek and find those who are much like us with relative ease. Newer models of dating embrace "matching couples across 69 different personality traits" because everyone knows that those who are more similar are happier in the long run. 

Right?

Sharing certain ideologies or lifestyles may reduce later conflict between couples. But marrying someone with similar personality traits—and therefore similar genetics—may have unexpected consequences for younger generations for both heritable and environmental reasons. However, this doesn’t mean that anyone should necessarily avoid partnering with someone too similar....  continue reading

What Is Aspergers? The Evolutionary Benefit of Autistic Traits

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under General


In the past, those with Aspergers were often thought to have anxiety disorders or were simply labeled as “introverts”. Today, the inclusion of Aspergers is one of the main reasons for the rise in the numbers of those on the autism spectrum. 

Despite the fact that it is becoming more mainstream—thanks in large part to mother’s advocacy groups—Aspergers is often greatly misunderstood, particularly in adults. The traits associated with Aspergers can trigger social difficulties and inadvertently lead to anxiety and depression. Most are also unaware that Aspergers and other spectrum traits may have had great importance in our evolutionary history. Those on the spectrum may have thrived when the more social among us could not.

There are a number of strengths inherent in the Aspergers diagnosis, even if it is discouraging due to constant bombardment of how people are “supposed to” behave or feel. Understanding the symptoms, the benefits, and the treatments available may assist those who struggle with the symptoms of Aspergers as well as those who love them....  continue reading

Born Female: The Relationship Between Stress, Miscarriage, and Girl Power

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Psychology of Motherhood

Do we prefer baby boys over baby girls?

We have certainly heard about these preferences in other countries. Some places have seen parents murdering infant girls so they can try for a boy, particularly where population restraints made more children illegal. In these cultures, there was a time when not bearing a son was grounds for divorce. Obviously some cultures have a strong male preference. 

But this isn’t just an issue overseas. The preference for boys over girls is rampant here in the US of A.

Isn’t it? 

Research has shown that women who have first-born girls are less likely to marry1. Even in utero, an ultrasound tech’s exclamation of, “Daughter!” reduced the chance of nuptials. Women with first-born daughters were also more likely to end up divorced and fathers were more likely to seek custody of sons following divorces1. Researchers believed that this was due to either an overt or subconscious preference for boys over girls1

Of course such assertions make sense in a patriarchal society. After all, girls are weaker. We’re more emotional. We need too much. We are less likely to succeed. The odds are stacked against us. Why wouldn’t we want boys, even if only on a subconscious level? 

Why not desire boys? Because the conclusions of theses earlier researchers might be fucking baloney. Things are not always what they seem....  continue reading