Dr. Eva Ritvo | The Value of Kindness: Bekindr | Nov. 13th 2019 | MD for Moms Radio

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This week on MD for Moms, I interview Dr. Eva Ritvo, psychiatrist, speaker, author, and founder of the Bekindr movement on World Kindness Day. How much does it take to do something for another human being? Random acts of kindness, doing good for the sake of helping another person is beneficial for both parties. Walking through life, it can feel as if kindness, empathy, caring for one another is in short supply. Many of us are ensconced in bubbles such that we miss opportunities to help those around us in small but meaningful ways. How did we get here and why should we choose kindness? Dr. Ritvo explains the science behind kindness and shares the value of kindness and why she chose to write about it in her book, Bekindr.  

As parents, do we need to teach our children how to be kind? Is it an innate character trait or something that can be learned over time by modeling or through other means? How can we best support our children to become the best people possible and to appreciate the value in kindness, for themselves and for others? Dr. Ritvo reviews all of this and more on this week’s special MD for Moms.  

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Dr. Eva Ritvo is an internationally-known speaker, author, and psychiatrist. She has over 25 years of neuroscience and psychiatry experience. She is the former vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatry and the International Society of Sports Psychiatry. Dr. Ritvo completed her residency training at New York Hospital Payne Whitney Clinic/Cornell and received undergraduate and medical degrees from University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Ritvo has written and lectured extensively in the US and internationally. Dr. Ritvo has written book chapters and articles on topics that include body dysmorphic disorder, managing patient expectations, and handling difficult patients. She is co-author of The Beauty Prescription which is available in English and Chinese. She is the lead author of the Concise Guide to Marriage and Family Therapy and has written the chapters on Family and Couples Therapy for leading psychiatric textbooks.

Dr. Ritvo makes frequent public speaking, radio, and TV appearances on local news channels and has appeared on the TODAY show and a special segment on EXTRA called “Beauty and the Brain.” She is often quoted in the Miami Herald, and has also been featured in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, WebMD, SELF magazine, Ladies Home Journal, O Magazine, Allure, and many others. Dr. Ritvo actively writes for  PsychologyToday.com.

An additional note from CS: I was particularly moved and inspired by Dr. Ritvo’s work with the Bold Beauty Project. You can watch a video all about it here: https://vimeo.com/user83432370

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