Spirituality means something different to everyone. For some, it's about participating in organized religion: going to a church, synagogue, mosque, and so on. For others, it's more personal—some people get in touch with their spiritual side through private prayer, yoga, meditation, quiet reflection, or even long walks. 

Research shows that even skeptics can't stifle the sense that there is something greater than the concrete world we see. As the brain processes sensory experiences, we naturally look for patterns and then seek out meaning in those patterns. And the phenomenon known as "cognitive dissonance" shows that once we believe in something, we will try to explain away anything that conflicts with it.

Humans can't help but ask big questions—the instinct seems wired in our minds. 

Recent posts on Spirituality

Measurement Validity Explained in Simple Language

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Cui Bono
How do we know that a test that allegedly measures shyness actually measures shyness?

What Are Spiritual Guidelines for Organizational Success?

Group entrainment can lead to desired outcomes in sports, jazz, and organizations.

Why Random Acts of Kindness Matter to Your Wellbeing

Don't underestimate the value of being kind to others. One act of small kindness can release an enormous chain of positive events.

What is Redemption After All?

It helps to be a little more found than lost.

Metaphoria by Design

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Architecture and interior design can use storytelling metaphors to elicit emotions and thus be transformative in relation to our own journeys.

Analyzing a Long Series of Dreams: A Conference Presentation

A new method of exploring the meaningful patterns in a long series of dreams can shed light on personal relationships, emotional concerns, cultural activities, and spiritual views.

How to Heal the Primal Wound

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
To protect ourselves from feeling the primal wound, we create a false world and a false self.

Writing to Awaken: The Story of Your Life

By Mark Matousek on November 09, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
"When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed."

When We Shame Ourselves

When we shame ourselves... how to stop.
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Seven Pathways to Thriving

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 08, 2017 in What Matters Most?
New research reveals key personal enablers of thriving in life. Learn these seven pathways and the ingredients that can help you create them.

Awe in Religious and Spiritual Experience

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
Recent research is uncovering new connections between awe and spiritual experience.

Guns, Drugs and Mental Health: Crises Everywhere

Life is hard and cries abound. What if each of us chose to become a better person?
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Managing Anger and Letting Go of it: Achieving Inner Peace

Is anger getting in the way of achieving inner peace? Learn when and how to let it go.

Utopia

By Graham Collier on November 06, 2017 in The Consciousness Question
The Utopian concept of human consciousness seems extremely foreign nowadays.

Mad to Be Normal: A Review of the New R.D. Laing Biopic

By on November 06, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
A new film depicts the life and times of the revolutionary—and controversial—psychiatrist who shunned neuroleptic drugs in favor of a psychological understanding of schizophrenia.
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Are You Codependent or Just a Caring Person?

It helps to be aware of our tendency to neglect our needs, but we may be too quick to label ourselves as "codependent."

The Crisis of Our Age: The Loss of the Interior Life

Is the bustle of contemporary life wearing you out? A few adjustments can go a long way.

1,001 Nights of Dream Recall

A long series of dreams can offer insights into many aspects of waking life, including personal relationships, spiritual beliefs, and dynamic elements of the external environment.
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3 Definitions of Mindfulness That Might Surprise You

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 01, 2017 in What Matters Most?
What to know what is actually meant by the word "mindfulness"? Science provides an answer.

Paying Attention: Consciousness of What?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Participants all engaged in specific patterns of bodily movement designed to help them acquire a consciousness of some thing—consciousness of what?

Solitude to Feed the Spirit

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in The First Impression
How is solitude being undermined by our digital culture?

Is Science a Religion?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
It is common to hear that science is another religion. This view is wrong in all the ways that matter.

How the God You Worship Influences the Ghosts You See

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on October 29, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
While religion may ease our terror of death, it may also increase our chances of being haunted by ghosts and other spirits during our lifetime.

The Sacred Trance

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
When a leader uses the idea of the sacred, the word can be inspiring or sinister. Psychology can help us determine which is which.

Iain Thomas: Why Read Poetry?

By Jennifer Haupt on October 26, 2017 in One True Thing
Young people find something a poet has written, take a picture and post it to their social media accounts as a way to say, “I’ve felt this. I just didn't know how to say it."

Zen and the Art of Awe

Awe is not a luxury emotion. Awe makes us nicer and happier and is essential to our physical, psychological and spiritual health; enhancing mindfulness, creativity, and curiosity.

Open Your Mind: Merging Psychedelic Therapy with Sex Therapy

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Standard Deviations
Psychotherapist reveals current advances in psychedelic research and sex therapy.

Cutting-Edge Research Shows That Love Is All Around Us

How can our precognitive abilities help tune us in to timeless love?
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Lessons from Indigenous People

When did you last spend a little time in silent contemplation, thinking deeply about the big issues facing people today?