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Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.


Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. is a renowned psychologist, executive coach, bestselling author, continuing education seminar leader, and popular speaker. He is an acclaimed expert in cognitive behavioral therapy, specializing in high achievers and relationship issues. His work centers on bringing about major change in the shortest time possible.

A sought-after media guest, he has appeared on Oprah and The Today Show as well as making more than a thousand other TV and radio appearances. For many years, Dr. Broder also hosted the radio program Psychologically Speaking with Dr Michael Broder. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, and hundreds of other publications.

In addition to his latest book, Stage Climbing: The Shortest Path to Your Highest Potential, Dr. Broder’s previous books include The Art of Living Single, The Art of Staying Together: A Couple’s Guide to Intimacy and Respect, and Can Your Relationship Be Saved? How To Know Whether To Stay Or Go. His audio programs include Positive Attitude Training, Self Actualization: Reaching Your Full Potential, and The Help Yourself Audiotherapy Series, which are frequently used by mental health professionals and coaches with their clients.

Dr. Broder earned his Ph.D. at Temple University. He conducts seminars, talks, and presentations to professional as well as lay audiences worldwide, and has trained many thousands of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. Please visit DrMichaelBroder.com for more information.

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Posts by Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.:

  • Three Essential Guidelines for Better Communication With Your Partner

  • February 23rd, 2016
    Before that loving Valentine’s Day momentum fades away, think of this season as a great time to focus on effective communication with your partner. So regardless of what else is going on between the two of you, [...]

  • Four Things to Consider When Taking a Risk in This New Year

  • January 25th, 2016
    You may have already begun taking the steps to see your New Year’s resolutions come to fruition. Perhaps you finally got around to joining that gym, or maybe you were able to confront a friend about something on [...]

  • Loneliness Is Merely an Attitude You Can Abolish Today!

  • January 8th, 2016
    Nobody — whether single, in a long-term committed relationship or anything in between — is completely immune from that often-painful feeling of loneliness. That is, however, until you can see it for what [...]

  • Divorced or Separated With Kids? Here Are 3 Tips for Helping Them Through This Holiday Season

  • December 23rd, 2015
    The holiday season seems to come upon us earlier and earlier each year. Even before Thanksgiving, I started to notice all of the signs — colorful lights strung in front of houses, a glimpse of lit trees through [...]

  • If Holiday Stress Is A Disease, The Virus Is Your Expectations

  • December 2nd, 2014
    The holiday season steriotypically has always been portrayed as a time of fun, joy and warmth with family, friends and colleagues. But it can also be a time of pain and high expectations. And the inevitable disappointments [...]

  • Opposites Attract, But They May Not Last, Unless…

  • May 13th, 2014
    Most couples can name several ways in which they’re opposites: neatness versus sloppiness; extroversion versus introversion; being high-strung versus laid-back preferring city versus country living, etc. And I’m [...]

  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Take This Self-Assessment

  • April 15th, 2014
    If your relationship were afire, is it still burning strongly? Flickering? Smoldering? Does it need kindling? A log? Or has the last spark of it burned out to the point where it’s even too late for more oxygen? [...]

  • When Your Relationship Is Rocky, Look Right At Your Expectations

  • April 2nd, 2014
    One of the best ways to think of a relationship on the rocks is to reflect on your expectations for your relationship. What are they? What is it that you really want from your partner? What could your partner do now [...]

  • Relationship Trouble: Has Your Partner Changed Or Just Your View Of Then Vs. Now?

  • March 14th, 2014
    The title of a great and popular old Off-Broadway play captures one of the most common sentiments I’ve seen when working with distressed couples: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. If you have discovered [...]

  • Navigating The Awkward Side of Parenting

  • February 17th, 2014
    It’s time for the talk. Julia Sweeney’s excellent TED conversation “It’s Time For The Talk” is a very humorous account of a situation that practically all parents find themselves in at one time or another. [...]

  • 4 ‘Dangerous’ Yet Crucial Things Every Parent Should Encourage

  • January 28th, 2014
    I am a psychologist who works with adults, who are often very high achievers. So when I am asked if I see children in my practice, my routine tongue-in-cheek quip is, “only those in adult bodies.” More seriously, [...]

  • Your Best Mantra For 2014

  • January 10th, 2014
    If you were to ask me what one thing the vast majority of the thousands of clients I’ve seen in my clinical psychology practice over the last 38 years have had in common, the answer might shock you. Almost without [...]

  • When The Passion & Excitement In Your Relationship Is Waning

  • December 9th, 2013
    Do you feel a lack of excitement in your relationship? Perhaps a certain feeling of passion or excitement that was once there no longer exists, is much less frequent than it was or far less intense? Maybe you used to [...]

  • 4 Reasons You May Be Thriving in One-sided Love Affairs

  • December 6th, 2013
    When your involvement in a relationship is not mutual, the result can be painful for both of you, but especially for the one who is more committed to the relationship. Unrequited love —one of the most popular movie [...]

  • Don’t Be Ambivalent About Ambivalence

  • November 22nd, 2013
    Ambivalence is a feeling that we all have experienced at one time or another in some important aspect of our lives. I know I certainly have. But if you’re ambivalent often or in a lot of areas of your life, the feeling [...]

  • Customizing Your Relationship

  • November 5th, 2013
    One key to avoiding the doldrums in your long-term relationship is to honor its uniqueness. The best relationships are custom jobs, which take the distinctive traits, needs, concerns and idiosyncrasies of each partner [...]

  • Give Your Relationship Rules A Makeover

  • October 28th, 2013
    Most relationships have a set of “built in” rules. These rules define your relationship “default position”; such as, what can and cannot take place between you and your partner (and others in your life) and what [...]

  • Helping Your Children Get Through The Crisis Of Divorce

  • October 18th, 2013
    Divorce is never a simple matter logistically or emotionally. And when there are children involved, often the hardest part is to put your own emotional issues aside in order to do some very difficult parenting feats. Here [...]

  • Resolving The Question Of Whether Or Not To Have Children

  • October 7th, 2013
    For some couples, the decision to have children is something that is discussed long before marriage. In some cases, I am told, on the first or second date!  But for many couples, deciding whether or not to have children [...]

  • When Jealousy Visits Your Relationship

  • September 27th, 2013
    Practically everyone has experienced it. Everyone whose been in a serious romantic relationship with all of the deliciously intense and passionate feelings that go with it, have at one time or another experienced jealousy, [...]

  • Weathering A Financial Crisis That’s Close To Home

  • September 16th, 2013
    An unfortunate reality of difficult economic times is that layoffs and cutbacks become business as usual. And economic crisis or unemployment can throw even the best functioning families into emotional turmoil as nothing [...]

  • 3 Tips For Conquering Job Burnout

  • September 10th, 2013
    Can you relate to the following scenario? You once approached your work in a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic way. You were eager and excited about your responsibilities.  While you were aware that there are [...]

  • Four Things For New Graduates To Consider Before Accepting Their First Job

  • August 30th, 2013
    In his classic book Oh, the Places You’ll Go, the great Dr. Seuss said “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” This epitomizes the excitement new graduates [...]

  • Three Mistakes “Helicopter Parents” Make That Prevent Their Children From Growing Up

  • August 23rd, 2013
    The term “helicopter parent” is a relatively new one in our culture, but the practice is quite prevalent. When a child leaves home (for college, for instance, or even overnight camp) the helicopter parent does exactly [...]

  • How To Make A Shift In The Shortest Time Possible

  • August 16th, 2013
    When there’s something important in your life you’d like to change, like being less anxious, having better communication in your marriage or coping with a stressful work situation, the process of figuring out where [...]

  • The Sandwich Generation: When You Are Parenting Your Children And Aging Parents At The Same Time

  • August 9th, 2013
    In my recent article, I discussed some of the common myths that often hold parents back from doing what it takes to help their adult children to launch into independence. Some parents who are still caring for their children [...]

  • Retirement Planning For The Psyche

  • August 2nd, 2013
    Many times throughout the years, I have observed anecdotally that people have a higher risk of mortality shortly after retirement. And there’s even some empirical evidence of this.  For example, in a study of past [...]

  • 4 Reasons To Swap Regret Over Your Breakup For Excitement

  • July 1st, 2013
    If you’ve recently experienced a relationship breakup, regret is one of the many emotions you might be experiencing. But regret is usually just a form of temporary and needless pain. Here are a few perspectives to [...]

  • The Parental Balancing Act

  • June 18th, 2013
    I recently read an editorial in Philadelphia Magazine about parents demanding too little from their children.* The author opined “we have caved in to the foolish idea that being a good parent means being nice to our [...]

  • 3 Lists You Can Make To Boost Your Self-Confidence

  • June 12th, 2013
    No one is perfect. And we all have numerous characteristics that comprise our personalities and abilities. But for some, that nagging voice in your head that points out your flaws might be drowning out your ability to [...]

  • 3 Steps Toward Making Your Dream A Reality

  • June 5th, 2013
    Do you have many dreams you’d like to make come true? If there’s so much you want to do but in reality, so little time to do it, the feeling of overwhelm itself can actually hold you back from accomplishing any of [...]

  • 3 Myth’s To Help You Address Your Adult Child’s “Failure To Launch”

  • May 28th, 2013
    Failure to launch. Either returning home after being away to college, leaving the nest, or having never moved out to begin with, there is generally a variation of one or both of these two scenarios. For some of these [...]

  • The Dark Side Of Perfectionism

  • May 6th, 2013
    Do you find that trying to do things too perfectly is a source of stress for you? While doing your best is certainly a virtue, perfectionism has a major down side. The problem is that many people mistake perfectionism [...]

  • The Most Powerful Word In The English Language?

  • May 1st, 2013
    I’ll spare you the tease. That word is NO! The ability to be assertive and say ‘no’ is a communication skill we all learn at a very young age.  If you’re a parent, you know better than anyone that once this [...]

  • How Many Frogs Must You Kiss?

  • April 23rd, 2013
    Have you been on what feels like hundreds of dates, but found no one who fits the bill? While this might at times feel discouraging, the truth is if you were willing to accept almost anyone, you probably could have a [...]