Editor’s Note: Issue 16

Childhood is our most precious time of development, learning, and growth, as well as the foundation of our adult selves, involving life-defining experiences of connection, fear, and love.

Childhood may also be a time of life-altering experiences of sexuality, confusion, trauma, and spirituality.

“To be a happy, successful, worthwhile, independent person, I had to be thin,” confesses Australian-born Kathryn Stumpf, exposing the gritty truth of her decades-long fight with an immobilizing eating disorder.

In an important exploration of ADHD, therapist Alyssa Siegel analyzes the pervasive childhood “epidemic” through the most personal lens: her son.

“Conversion” or “Reparative” Therapy held an ominous spotlight recently, when Psychology Today defended such practitioners in their popular directory. Associate Editor Adam A. Neal responds, along with many of our Alternative Therapists Directory members.

Rozzell and Roderick Sykes, two artists from inner-city Los Angeles, saw a need and changed their community. Editor Kimberly Phan ventures with us to St. Elmo Village, a cooperative art space which has been changing young people’s lives for 45 years.

Then, Filmmaker Katy Kavanaugh offers an enthralling look at Finding Felix, which documents the effect of foreign films on the way children use memory to formulate their identity.

For Issue #16, Psychology Tomorrow will explore the mysterious, visceral world of childhood, when dreams are forged and nightmares discovered.

Stanley Siegel,

Editor-in-Chief 

Finding Felix: The Potential Impact of International Film on Childhood Autobiographical Memory

The Finding Felix Project is a work for screen and publication from curator and filmmaker Katy Kavanaugh.

A fellowship from Stanford University and the Freie Universität – Berlin allowed Katy to return to the Berlin Film Festival’s 35-year-old children and youth section, Generation (formerly Kinderfilmfest). There she would collect evidence of...Read More »


St. Elmo Village and the Importance of Art-making in Childhood Development

Children's Art Workshop

Before there was such a thing as ‘Art Therapy,’ there was St. Elmo Village. Rozzell and Roderick Sykes, both painters and uncle and nephew, respectively, wanted to create something positive, impacting, and permanent in their Mid-City neighborhood in Los Angeles. Art was the starting point.

Being a black artist...Read More »


Upheaval

Britta Kwamya, "Basement Door"

The series of images featured highlight a time in the artist’s childhood fraught with familial upheaval. Rather than focus on the people involved they capture on the imprint of energy left behind in the space said people inhabit.

 

The abandoned and empty mood of...Read More »


On Being Children and Dancing Through Life

Britta Kwamya, "Self Portrait"

Childhood is a magical time. Everything is new and full of surprises. Discovering the body and its ability to move is one of those surprises, and a revelation that continues to unfold as children grow into their physical and emotional experiences.

As infants, children are aware of their physicality through mostly...Read More »


The Sex Lives of Children

Arlen Shumer, "Scream"

My earliest sexual memory is at Fresh Meadow Swimming Pool in Queens, New York on a rare outing with my father. I must have been five or six. We enter the locker room to change into our swimsuits, me trailing behind him, carefully glancing up from the puddles in the...Read More »


False Heretics: Adolescent Attachment and Religious Rebellion

David Jacobs, "A quick sketch"

“I’m a Satanist,” smirked the 14-year-old as she faced her devout Catholic mother during a family therapy session.

I, the therapist, did my best not to smile. I had seen this coming. For the past month, the adolescent had taken drastic steps to alter her appearance. She had dyed her hair...Read More »


Covergences

David Jacobs, "Hipster Aquarium"

I paint and sculpt easily recognizable subjects to explore how different cultures interpret the same information. Using signifiers in imagery, I encourage the viewer to create his own narrative.

A single signifier may have a completely different meaning to diverse individuals, especially if cultural experiences, uses, or traditions for that specific...Read More »


Where does “Self” come from?

Boeeuen Choo, "An Over-protected Parent"

In my practice as a Feldenkrais Practitioner®, I see people change. They change in their movements. They change in their bodies. They change in their relationships to their bodies. Some people embrace this change with open arms. Some proceed more cautiously, but with optimism, hope or determination. Others hit the...Read More »


In Camp

Rosemary Ishii MacConnell

The rising arc of the winter sun cast a warm geometric light upon the bedroom wall, illuminating a memory from my childhood when my mother talked about her early years in Japan. Those moments were golden as tragedy, and drama flowed through her spoken narratives, echoing her Biwa songs. Her...Read More »


Conversion Therapy: All the Rage

Boeeuen Choo, "My beautiful children"

At Psychology Tomorrow, we believe that what is healing and empowering about therapy is exactly what humans achieve in the creation of art. In order for therapy to be both affective and effective, two very different concepts, the practitioner and client must meet on a multilayered, invisible terrain, far beyond...Read More »


Modern Marvel: Neuroscience and Comic Art

Arlen Shumer, "Dr. Strangebrain"

Comic book art continues to infiltrate American popular culture on all fronts, from superhero movies to graphic novels! I’ve produced comic book-styled art for advertising agencies and their clients across the country, and editorially for national consumer and trade magazines. My backgrounds in illustration, graphic design, art direction...Read More »


The New Childhood of the Non-Traditional Family

David Jacobs, "David With The Head of Goliath"

Today’s American Family isn’t what it used to be. The days of “Leave It to Beaver” have been replaced with “Modern Family,” a more accurate representation of home life. The nuclear family, the blended family, and the family with same sex-parents are equally visible, loving, funny, and messy.

The notion that...Read More »


ADHD

Arlen Shumer, "Dr. Strangebrain"

It’s amazing how long it took me to realize that my son has ADHD. I suppose it’s because I had seen worse. I expected it to look somehow different than it did. My son as a young child wasn’t hyper. He could focus efficiently and wasn’t particularly spacey. He did...Read More »


Never Argue with a Dead Person

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Children who lose their parents are referred to as orphans. Adults who lose a spouse are referred to as widows or widowers. But what is the term for a parent who loses a child?

Indeed, the loss is so unspeakable that there is no word for such a thing...Read More »


Happy

Boeeuen Choo, "Over-protected Parents"

“Hi, How are you doing today?”

“I am good. How about you?”

When I first came to America, I heard these sentences people say when they meet. I always have wondered, why is the answer to the question ‘Good!’ all the time?

Are people really always happy?

I grew up in South Korea, where...Read More »


Rosemary Ishii MacConnell

Rosemary Ishii MacConnell

Rosemary Ishii MacConnell’s studio is in her home, situated in the high ridges and peaks of Marin County, California. Like her life, her work sits between two worlds, with cultural references to both.

In her “sculptures” she seems to be striving for balance and perfection, similarly expressed in many Japanese traditions...Read More »


Unmaking My Eating Disorder

Boeeuen Choo, "Child innerside"

It would be extraordinary for a grown woman to spontaneously ration herself to 300 calories a day or vomit after every meal. Odds are that the skeletons pacing your average ‘Eating Disorders Ward’ have not had a short-term relationship with celery and self-loathing.

Slowly, the flirtatious ecstasy of weight loss mutates...Read More »


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