Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Theory, research, and practice are converging on the best way to adaptively process negative feelings.
Despite a recent argument against the concept, we should embrace strong emergence, defined as the emergence of a new dimension of behavioral complexity.
Different levels of moral reasoning will give rise to different fears and concerns when dealing with a crisis.
Resilient coping involves understanding the situation, accepting feelings, giving and receiving love, and having an adaptive vision of growth.
Different people think differently about major issues like the coronavirus. This post applies the levels of ego functioning to show why.
The dark clouds of the pandemic come with some important silver linings.
From social actor in childhood to agent in the teenage years to autobiographer in adulthood, this blog narrates the storytelling self in 3 phases across the lifespan.
Have you ever experienced someone projecting something onto you and then attacking you for it? This is why.
Why the mind's storytelling ability was crucial to launching human culture.
Part II: This blog explores the continuity hypothesis for understanding higher states of consciousness and emphasizes why we should take them seriously.
Part 1: Why are experiences of higher consciousness so transformational? A modern scientific account is offered for describing these experiences.
The Unified Framework offers a new metapsychology for the 21st century. It can solve the problem of psychology and advance the field.
There are two very different meanings of the word "mind." One is broad and general, and the other is narrow and specific.
I am an emergent scientific naturalist, but am definitely not a "reductive physicalist."
A summary of psychology's many different subject matters, from a unified vantage point.
There are not one, but two hard problems of experiential consciousness. One is ontological; the other is epistemological.
We should revive an old psychiatric distinction and help people understand that there is a difference between "neurotic" and "melancholic" depression.
A new book traces the evolution of human cultural sensibilities and encourages the rise of a new way of seeing the world called metamodernity.
Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro are obviously confused about the nature and evolution of human reason.
In these polarizing and alienating times, this poem is offered to reflect on the person next to you.
The Tree of Knowledge System maps reality into four separable dimensions of existence and shows how science emerges out of the Culture-Person plane to map reality.
For a helpful model of human self-conscious agency, we can combine Mascolo and Kallio's recent model with Jordan Hall's concept of sovereignty.
Civilization faces four great "meta-crises" that can be collapsed and summarized as the Digital Identity Problem, the great problem of the 21st century.
A summary with links to a guided 15-part "blog tour" that maps out how depressed folks might navigate their way toward healthier living.
In this final entry, we tackle some of the deeper issues of identity and shadow work, and outline principles for a mindful philosophy of living that can foster growth-to-goodness.
Negative thinking often drives depressed mood. Folks need to learn to "catch" their negative thoughts, "check" them, and "change" them.
A recent analysis of the past 50 years shows increases in perceived gender differences. The social construction of gender roles cannot explain this, but the Influence Matrix can.
Relationships are key to understanding depression. This blog reviews four kinds of relational problems and offers some guides for improving relational patterns.
The Emotional Sweet Spot model describes how to relate to your feelings in a healthy way.
Many people think about depression as a kind disease. Is this wise?
Gregg Henriques, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at James Madison University.