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Culture Class: Western IndivIdualism vs. Eastern Collectivism

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I was reminded once again of how stark the culture clash is between Asian collectivist values and Eurocentric individualistic values when I recently gave a presentation at a college focused on the Asian-American experience.

Sure, when immigrants of any country arrive in the United States there will be a “culture clash” of sorts as they navigate a new language, customs, and the nuances of everyday American life. But for immigrants coming from collectivist cultures of Asia, the value differences between East and West can create a chasm between parents and their children being raised in western society.

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Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Children & Youth (PSB-CY)

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As a psychotherapist specializing in problematic sexual behaviors, what was once relegated to either adults dealing with these issues and teenage sex offenders has now spread to a new category known in therapeutic communities as “problematic sexual behaviors in children and youth” (PSB-CY) as they may be too young to be criminalized yet their behaviors are serious enough where correction intervention and action needs to be taken.

Problematic sexual behaviors in children and youth can entail physical contact initiated by children and youth under the age of 18 that involve sexual body parts (genitals, anus, buttocks, or breasts) or non-physical behaviors impacting others such as voyeurism, sharing of pornography, and/or exhibitionism.  In both types of behaviors, the main criterion is that they deviate from normative sexual behavior and are developmentally inappropriate and/or potentially harmful.

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Instant Porn via Instagram: What Parents Need to Know

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Instagram has long been viewed as a cute, harmless social media site where you can post and share pictures with the world.  Unfortunately, what many parents do not realize is Instagram is quickly turning into a gateway to pornography as its usage rises with teens and young adults.

Statistics show Instagram is the second most popular social media site with Snapchat being #1 among Millennials as users under 35 years old make up more than 70% of Instagram’s active accounts around the word. ¬† Continue Reading

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