Author Archive | Dr. Nicholas J. Westers

Elf on the Shelf: Christmas Friend or Foe?

The Elf on the Shelf, a toy based on a 2005 children’s book, is a fun and novel idea that many families have eagerly incorporated into their Christmas traditions. We asked Nicholas J. Westers, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center, about the potential psychological impact of the Elf on the Shelf tradition. Here’s what […]

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Selfie-steem and Relationships: Balancing Our Perspective of the Selfie Generation

When people who take selfies are not suspected of being narcissistic, they are often believed to have low self-esteem. In fact, some argue that posting selfies is a cry for attention. It is true that some who post selfies are probably narcissistic; whereas, some likely have low self-esteem. But taking a more balanced perspective means […]

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Are Selfies Creating a Generation of Narcissists?

Some say that selfies are creating a generation of narcissists. Others argue that selfies and social networking sites are simply reflecting an old human tendency, just on a more public forum. Still, others provide an alternative perspective on the potential utility of selfies. A simple online search of “selfies and narcissism” readily elicits provocative headlines […]

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How Do I Talk to My Teen About Sexual Violence?

It’s difficult to watch or read the news without coming across stories covering bullying and the increased efforts that schools are taking to prevent such behavior from occurring on school grounds. But what about sexual violence in schools? After all, research has shown that verbal bullying and teasing in middle schools predicts later perpetration of […]

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