Episode 72

Published on:

30th Jun 2023

The Mess, Beauty, and Pain of Sibling Relationships with Researcher Dr. Laurie Kramer

Siblings: the majority of Americans have at least one. And yet we often talk about them only in the context of childhood. As adults, the highs and lows of sibling relationships can often make or break our lives.

Today we get real about what the research says about how siblings matter across the lifespan, and the surprising ways they affect parenting and various aspects of your well-being. We welcome Dr. Laurie Kramer, a clinical psychologist and professor of applied psychology at Northeastern University, who has spent decades studying siblings. From when it's time to accept estrangement to how to improve a relationship with a geographically far sibling, from what a child's relationship with their siblings predicts later in life to how to raise your children to actually be friends, and the unique characteristics of twins-- and more-- it was one of our most fun discussions yet. Join us!

Here is more on Dr. Kramer's work and a link to be part of her free, research-based program "Fun with Sisters and Brothers."

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About the Podcast

Baggage Check: Mental Health Talk and Advice
with Dr. Andrea Bonior
We've all got baggage. But what do we choose to do with it?
Every other Friday, licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author and popular psychology professor Dr. Andrea Bonior takes your mental health questions, and makes you part of the conversation. Join her and other voices as they translate research into real life, and talk about relationships, emotions, health, psychological disorders, stress, finding meaning, work, and occasionally-- just occasionally-- the most obscure dance crazes of 1997.
All are welcome, and nothing is off limits. With science, compassion, and humor, she's here to help.

About your host

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Andrea Bonior

Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, and the best-selling author of “Detox Your Thoughts." She was the longtime mental health advice columnist for The Washington Post, and appears regularly in national media, including CNN and NPR, with several popular courses on the LinkedIn Learning platform. Dr. Bonior’s blog for Psychology Today has been read more than 25 million times. She serves on the faculty of Georgetown University, where she recently won the national Excellence in Teaching award, given by the American Psychological Association.