Spirituality Essential Reads

Meaningfully Salient Parenting

Meaningfully salient parenting can be spoken about, but, in essence, is a deeply heartfelt and intimate engagement between parent and child, mother and father, and all within the family system.

If You Judge People, You Have No Time To Love Them

By Allison Carmen on April 16, 2015 in The Gift of Maybe
"If You Judge People, You Have No Time To Love Them." Mother Teresa Our judgments interfere with many of our relationships. Often we get so consumed with everything our spouse, child, friend or co-worker is not doing right, that we often forget to see what is special and wonderful about them.

5 Questions We Often Ask Ourselves After Microaggressions

Society’s awareness of microaggressions and its many expressions have increased over the past few years. The internal dialogues and psychological struggles that microaggressions cause marginalized people, however, are rarely discussed and remain largely “Unseen and Unheard” by the general public. I hope this helps.

The Macabre Side of Growing Up Catholic

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on April 08, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
There is no shortage of ferocity and bloodshed in the traditions and histories of most religions. However, it is curious how those living within their personal theological fishbowls can so clearly see the barbarism of other people’s practices while celebrating the holiness of their own.

Atheists Love Aliens

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on April 02, 2015 in More Than Mortal
Many atheists would argue that they do not believe in something unless there is a good reason for doing so. But is this true?

Book Review: Wisdom from the Couch

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on March 22, 2015 in In Therapy
Dr. Jennifer Kunst shares the warmer, friendlier side of Kleinian psychology in this interview and book review.

Is Atheism Just Another Religion?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in Homo Consumericus
Do strident atheists practice a form of religious zealotry? Does atheism lead to violence? Is The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins as likely to engender violence as say religious texts rooted in genocidal hatred of non-believers?

Spirituality and Addiction

For years, people have accepted the notion that addiction is a spiritual disorder. Let's take a look at that idea.

When Do Religious Values Harm Children? When Do They Help?

When children's mental health is put in danger because of religious intolerance, there are good reasons for mental health professionals to argue for what's right. Gay-straight alliances save children's lives. And religious tolerance for practices like the wearing of a niqab improves social cohesion.

How Far Can and Should Your Compassion Go?

It is very easy to talk a good line about compassion but it is very challenging to actually do compassion. While homelessness may be just one of numerous problems needing more compassion it well illustrates the startling contradictions of what we espouse and what we actually do.

Is True Friendship Still Possible?

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Face-to-face conversations extending over decades is indeed evaporating.

Theo Fleury Is Teaching Us How to Heal

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Former professional hockey player Theo Fleury is no stranger to confrontation, both on and off the ice. In 2009, he bravely and publicly confronted a very personal issue—sexual abuse and alcoholism. He explains how communication is pertinent to well-being, and even though the road ahead may not be easy, he truly believes that people can learn to heal.

Get Out of Yourself

We are fortunate when something happens that extricates us from an excessive focus on ourselves. The hardest burden in life is self-centeredness.

One Surprising Secret to Changing Yourself for the Better

By Gretchen Rubin on February 25, 2015 in The Happiness Project
Because accountability is so important, I’m always looking for new, ingenious ways that people have created accountability.

What Do Scientists Know About Finding a Purpose in Life?

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on February 24, 2015 in Curious?
Providing information on the science of a purpose in life. heavy, beautiful, and of paramount importance

Object Permanence In Adult Life

Eye contact, a pat on the back, a smile of appreciation, and a shared laugh-out-loud of sheer pleasure are the best and most direct signals of communication, after all.

Hyper-Mentalism, Hyper-Empathizing, and Supernatural Belief

Researchers reveal that the predictions of the diametric model are fulfilled where supernatural beliefs of various kinds are concerned.

Seeking Perfection? There's a Better Way.

I want the best for myself and my children. Why settle for less? We live in a society of plenty, so we often simply go for it and ask for exactly what we want. An almost inaudible, but powerful voice inside of us might tell us to reach for the best and only for the best. Is this always a good choice though? Is getting the best making us happy? When is it detrimental?

What Is Mindfulness and How Does It Work?

By Gregg Henriques on February 06, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
Mindfulness is one of the most important developments in mental health in the past twenty years. Understand what it is and how it works.

The Upside of Envy

Envy is the universal emotion no one seems to have. We're all too ashamed of it to discuss it with others and sometimes even to admit it to ourselves. Blogger Josh Gressel takes the plunge and describes an incident of his own envy as a way to practice what he wants to teach: that we need to get more comfortable with our envy so that we can learn from it.

Muslims, Christians Become More Alike in an Unlikely Place

By Christine Wicker on January 27, 2015 in Pray for Me
In Nigeria, one of the world's hottest spots for religious conflict, changes in prayer practices are bringing two groups together in ways no one could have foreseen.

10 Tips for Reducing Anger

By Steven Laurent on January 15, 2015 in Chill Pill
I think some readers may take exception to tip no. 4. And many will struggle with no. 7 (myself included); but it's no reason not to strive for it...

Climate Change: How To Really Make A Difference

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on January 12, 2015 in Listen Up!
We live with a blanket of denial about human-made climate change, yet there are many paths to an empowered activism that works toward a more hopeful future. Here are some examples.

The 2 Words You Should Stop Using Right Now

The satisfying flow of giving and receiving can deepen as we express genuine gratitude to each other and respond to expressions of gratitude from an open-hearted place. But oftentimes our language shuts down the potential contact created by expressions of gratitude. This article shows how saying "no problem" often blocks receiving, and explores other ways of responding.

Let Me See Your Brave

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on January 02, 2015 in The Hero in You
Predatory social dynamics often keep us in our shell despite the gut checks and intuitive instincts that tell us to stand up, speak out, and do "something." From the velvet handcuffs of our job to a safe or comfortable relationship that isn't really so, social forces such as government, school, religion, and even family often propagate a false (and toxic) reality.

Why Don't We Confide in the People Closest to Us?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 28, 2014 in Living Single
Researchers have long assumed that we discuss our most intimate matters only with the most important people in our lives. A sociologist just tested that assumption, and discovered just how wrong we have been.

Revisiting the Magic in Magic Mushrooms

By Tom Shroder on December 25, 2014 in Acid Test
Researching a book on psychedelic medicine, an author tried magic mushrooms for the first time in 35 years. What happened shook his world.

Answers to Addiction Questions

By Lance Dodes M.D. on December 17, 2014 in The Heart of Addiction
You spoke up and here are the answers you deserve to have.

Stress and Cancer

By Lucy O'Donnell on December 16, 2014 in Cancer Is a Teacher
In this time of constant motion, running at full speed, being permanently on call, and losing our Sundays – it is no wonder we are stressed. Many studies show that there is indeed a connection between stress and cancer. Learning to manage stress is not difficult but it does require discipline.

Clarify Three Misunderstandings about Acupuncture

In spite of increasing acceptance and varied use of acupuncture for treating pain and other ailments in the United States, there are still at least three misunderstandings about the practice and its mechanisms, which are typically found in some news reports about acupuncture (Sun, 2014a). Clarifying the misunderstandings also has implications for psychology.