Diana Divecha, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist, a research affiliate of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and on the advisory board of the Greater Good Science Center. Her blog is developmentalscience.com.
Stories by Diana Divecha
Three new books illustrate what children really need from parents and educators.
Articles: How Can We Liberate Parents from Guilt?By Diana Divecha | September 30, 2016
Two new books take aim at movements that pressure and shame parents for how they raise their kids.
Articles: Cultivating Self-Awareness in ParentsBy Diana Divecha | June 17, 2016
A new book argues that parents need to focus more on themselves and less on their children.
Articles: Ten Changes New Parents FaceBy Diana Divecha | May 4, 2016
Diana Divecha describes how your mind, body, and life will change with the arrival of a baby.
Articles: Are Boundaries Overrated?By Diana Divecha | April 22, 2016
A new book says it’s time for Americans to make more time for their relationships—and not worry so much about independence.
A new book by Erika Christakis explains how current trends in preschool education are harming children.
Articles: What Happens to Kids When Parents FightBy Diana Divecha | January 26, 2016
Conflict between parents is inevitable—but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2015By Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 15, 2015
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: What Inequality Does to KidsBy Diana Divecha | December 1, 2015
Robert Putnam's recent book issues a wake-up call for what a nation can and should do for its families.
Articles: How Does Spirituality Grow in Children?By Diana Divecha | August 21, 2015
A new book explores how to raise children with a sense of awe and transcendence. But does the evidence back up its claims?
Articles: How to Avoid the Empathy TrapBy Robin Stern, Diana Divecha | July 7, 2015
Do you prioritize other people's feelings over your own? You might be falling into the "empathy trap."
Articles: Can Wishful Thinking Heal Your Brain?By Diana Divecha | June 2, 2015
A new book explores the frontiers of neuroplasticity, but Diana Divecha says that not all its conclusions are sound.
Articles: The Teenage OpportunityBy Diana Divecha | October 28, 2014
A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, but it helps to understand both the technology and normal brain development.
Articles: How Your Teen Can Thrive OnlineBy Diana Divecha | March 18, 2014
Two new books look at how the Internet is affecting teens—and what adults can do to help foster a healthy online life for kids.
Articles: A Journey into the Teenage BrainBy Diana Divecha | January 27, 2014
Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.
Articles: The Moralist in the CribBy Diana Divecha | December 11, 2013
Are children blank slates or selfish monsters? A new book draws on decades of research to argue that we are born with a bias toward goodness.
Articles: Will Our Grown-Up Kids Ever Grow Up?By Diana Divecha | June 24, 2013
A new book explores how to parent today's young adults, who are struggling to become established and independent.
New research says parental help for young adults is normal—and it may now be necessary.
Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.
Is your teen sleep-deprived? Stop arguing and start listening, says Christine Carter.
You can turn election stress into courage and compassion, says Kelly McGonigal. Here's how.
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