James Tobin, Ph.D.             

Parent Guidance 
Organizational Consulting

A selection of my talks and recent scholarly work is now available at:  

Please note that due to the 4th of July weekend, the upcoming regularly scheduled meetings of the Men's Group and the Dating and Relationship Group on July 5 are cancelled. These groups will meet again on Saturday, July 19, 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM noon (Men's Group) and 12:00 to 1:15 PM (Dating and Relationship Group) at The Water Garden Business Center, 23421 South Pointe Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653. In the meantime, please review the news and information below:  


Dating and Relationship Group  
Less Closeness in Intimate Relationships 
Recently I have become interested in the dynamic of closeness in romantic relationships, specifically the emergence of more and more partners who appear to prefer LESS intimacy in their relationships.  A review in the Society of Personality and Social Psychology's "Connections" and original research by Masheket al. set the context for this issue.  Even though these readings are drawn from the scientific literature, they offer an interesting and provocative commentary on this rising phenomenon in our culture.  
Men's Group 
The First Annual Men's Conference
The First Annual International Men's Conference was held in Detroit June 27 - 28, and it generated a lot of controversy.  You may be interested in commentary about the conference offered by Helen Smith, author of the book "Men on Strike," and Glenn Harlan Reynolds.  
Announcing a New Parenting Group 
Dr. Daniel Siegel on Parenting 
Dr. Daniel Siegel, a world-renowned psychologist who has been influential in synthesizing aspects of personal history, the mind, and relational patterns in contemporary life, has important advice for parents.  The following three brief talks by Siegel represent the essential components of his thinking: one, two, and three.  His perspective is similar to my own notion of "Relational Parenting" informs my clinical work with parents and families.  If you are interested in further exploring this material and obtaining additional parenting support, please contact me about a NEW PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP I am starting. Based on the level of interest expressed, this group will be offered via the Internet (webinar format) and/or small in-person groups at my office in Laguna Hills, CA.  Please contact me at 949-338-4388 or at jt@jamestobinphd.com if you would like more details.

Application of Buddhism to Mental Health and Well-Being
A Primer on Mindfulness  

The concept of mindfulness is frequently spoken about but often perceived inaccurately.  Podcasts by Nugent and Fella provide clear, pragmatic and informative presentations of mindfulness.  



James Tobin, Ph.D., PSY 22074 | 949-338-4388 | jt@jamestobinphd.com 
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