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The Psychology of Spirituality

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on December 24, 2008 in Evil Deeds
Christmas is once more upon us, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Chanukkah too has started, celebrating a miraculous event occurring centuries before Christ was born. Both--despite their commercialism--are prominent religious holidays in the Judeo-Christian tradition. So perhaps this is an apropos time of year to reflect here on the psychology of spirituality and religion. 

It Takes Trust to Invest

By John Nofsinger Ph.D. on December 24, 2008 in Mind on My Money
Trust is important when it comes to investing in stocks.

Singlehood: A Normative Discontent?

By Jenna Baddeley on December 19, 2008 in Embracing the Dark Side

Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Values: Why Now?

By Steven C. Hayes Ph.D. on December 19, 2008 in Get Out of Your Mind
Horror and judgment in the modern world is restricting our ability to find peace of mind. It is no wonder we are seeing a resurgence of interest in acceptance, mindfulness, and values. We need to learn how to create a modern mind for the modern world.

Holiday Shopping and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 17, 2008 in Don't Delay
A National Retail Federation survey found that shoppers have completed less of their holiday shopping this year than at the same time last year and that 41 million Americans have yet to even start, reports Dallas Cook (December 16, 2008).  Are you putting off your holiday shopping? Why?

Value of Play III: How Children Confront Life's Challenges

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on December 16, 2008 in Freedom to Learn
Children's extraordinarily powerful drive to play did not come about to provide them with "recess" or "recreation." It came about for a far more serious purpose.

40 is the New 20 for Having Babies-II

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on December 12, 2008 in Singletons
Many women are waiting to start their families until they are older. Here's why.

Stuck in the Mud of De Nial, or Harm Reducer in Chief?

By Stanton Peele on December 08, 2008 in Addiction in Society
Let's see, which of my views on addiction is least popular? That most heroin, cocaine, and crack users don't become addicted, and only a small minority of addicts remain addicted? That most alcoholics reduce their drinking over their life spans? That most smokers, alcoholics, and drug addicts recover without treatment? I know - that reducing smoking is possible and healthy (that is, healthier than not reducing it).Recent presidents have been a boon for my crazy views - George W. quit drinking and smoking on his own (okay, with a religious epiphany). Barack Obama quit his early drug use when he got serious about life. Now, Barack is tackling the biggest taboo of all - cutting out his cigarette addiction but not quitting smoking altogether! 

Judging Personality: How Far Back Do Judgments Go?

By John D Mayer Ph.D. on December 08, 2008 in The Personality Analyst
Each week brings more examples of people in the news judging others...but for how many weeks has this been going on?To find out, I turned back the calendar about 148,616 weeks (or roughly 2,858 years) to 850 BCE, to see what archeologists might have dug up on the matter.  It didn't take long to uncover...

How to Be Happy

By Satoshi Kanazawa on December 07, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Positive psychology is all the rage these days, and everybody wants the secret key to happiness.  Go figure; everybody wants to be happy.  What can evolutionary psychology say about how to be happy?