Spirituality Essential Reads

Can Possession Be a Good Thing?

Possession is common in many spiritual traditions – is that a good or a bad thing?

The Disunited States of America and the Bystander Effect

By Sean Cort on July 18, 2016 in The Power of Perspective
Our nation is actually a 'nation-family' and we are suffering from an illness that could prove fatal.

Honesty Isn't Enough

The intersection of authenticity and empathy: Sometimes too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.

The Six Steps to Sacred Citizenship

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on July 05, 2016 in Finding Love
According to Stephen Dinan, author of the Sacred America, there are six steps each of us can take that create world-change and personal joy. Here are those six steps:

What We Learn From Our Pets

By Dan Mager MSW on June 13, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
Simply having pets can have wonderful therapeutic value.

What Is the Meaning of Life for You?

Do you have perfect confidence in your life's meaning and purpose? If so, this blog is not for you! But if you have any doubts about your meaning and purpose, dive in!

Surprised These Rockers Are Still Alive?

Why do we so often wait until someone is gone before we openly declare how much they meant to us?
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To Be or Not To Be: Philosophical Serial Killers

Some serial killers find justification and solace in heady philosophical notions.

The Next Eastern Therapy

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
In need of inspiration and rejuvenation? "Forest bathing" may be the remedy.

The End of P?

Good science should be replicable – though not all replicable science is good. How can psychology become more replicable? I advocate testing less bold hypotheses.

What Do We Know About Atheists?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Even though atheists make up a small percentage of the population they are not aliens or people to be distrusted or disliked.

Do We Ever Really Say Goodbye to Those We Love?

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on April 24, 2016 in Listen Up!
Perhaps we never really say goodbye to those we've lost: The conversation with them can continue throughout our lives in unexpected ways. And in the most unexpected places.
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Why Are We Always Looking for Certainty in Our Lives?

By Allison Carmen on April 20, 2016 in The Gift of Maybe
We look for certainty to guarantee that everything will be okay, but we're often limiting our opportunities for joy and success. Maybe there is another way!

After 5 Years of Writing for Psychology Today: My Favorites

This month marks my five-year anniversary of writing for Psychology Today online. It’s hard for me to believe, but this is my 184th piece, Here are my ten personal favorites.

How Secular Spirituality Inspires Effective Psychotherapy

People of incompatible faiths have reported profound spiritual experiences—secular meditation distills what is essential. Can we extract what is necessary from psychotherapy?

If Mindfulness Is This Popular, Why Is Everyone So Mindless?

There is a gap between hype and reality about benefits of mindfulness practice.

My Secular Easter Sunday

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on March 30, 2016 in The Secular Life
What does a religious holiday look like when you’re non-religious?

Are Christians Happier on the Internet than Atheists?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on March 25, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Do Christians and atheists behave differently on the Internet? Research examines differences in emotionality, sociality, and analytical thinking by analyzing tweets.

The New Psychology of Atheism

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on March 21, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
New research suggests that nonbelief also is influenced by relational and emotional factors.

New Attempts to Evangelize Skeptics and Atheists

Both the cognitive by-product theory of religious representations and theories of secularization offer pessimistic appraisals of these new evangelical measures.

Secrets: Saviors or Demons?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on March 14, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you often wonder when to keep a secret and when to divulge? Sometimes it takes a certain amount of discernment. Writing about family secrets can be a healing way to cope.

The Oldest Surviving Dream Journals

What if the cognitive spark that lit the explosion of Paleolithic creativity was shamanic dreaming, as recorded and preserved in cave paintings?

What's So Fascinating About the Letter "X"?

Because it’s been employed in so many fields—from algebra, to genetics, to aerospace, to sex and spirituality—X’s many meanings make it the most mystifying letter of the alphabet.

Why Culture Is Medicine at the Universal Hip Hop Museum

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 26, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Hip Hop’s culture is based on the idea and spiritual orientation that in spite of adversity and oppression, everyone is capable of finding a sense of purpose.

Exploring Our Endless Obsession With the End

By Guy P. Harrison on February 17, 2016 in About Thinking
Explore the rational and irrational sides of doomsday.

Anna Yusim on Humanistic Psychiatry

The future of mental health interview series continues with Anna Yusim on humanistic psychiatry.

The Replacement of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Many of the most popular media events in history are similar in that they elicit a sense of awe. In doing this, they can replace sources that traditionally have inspired people.

The Loss of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
One of the great stories of our time has largely went untold: the loss of awe. Routines have replaced astonishment. However, individuals can take steps toward greater awe.