Essential Reads

The Problem of Self-centeredness and the Paradox of Religion

By Mark Leary Ph.D. on February 11, 2018 in Toward a Less Egoic World
Religious sages throughout history knew that self-preoccupation was a serious problem, but something went wrong.

Finding Inspiration Along the Way

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Boundless
Tanaaz Chubb provides a new take on positive psychology.
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Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself

By Tara Well Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in The Clarity
Mark Epstein, M.D., shares fascinating secrets to taming the ego in his popular new book.

MLK: Expanding Compassion to All Brothers and Sisters

 “I am moved to break the betrayal of my own silences and to speak from the burnings of my own heart.”

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Navigating Grief and Condolences

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on January 26, 2018 in Lead with Kindness
Is it possible that the kindest thing we can do is allow the pain of a loss to be felt and release ourselves from the reflex to try to stop it?

The Meaningful Patterns of Dreams: A New Study

More evidence that patterns in dream content have meaningful connections with people’s concerns, interests, and activities in waking life.

Can I Get a Witness?

Sorting through emotions can be challenging. Self-reflection can help.

R & Deism: A Religious Fable Children's Story

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 25, 2018 in Ambigamy
Though I happen to be an atheist, I'm human and therefore prone to fantasy and delusion. Here's a healthy delusion I've crafted for those who believe in a higher power or God.

The Character Gap

Most of us, at the core, are a mix of good and evil. There is a gap, a character gap, between who we are and who we should be.

DreamRev: The Many Contributions of Jeremy Taylor

Some of the most beautiful gems of dreaming wisdom from the late Jeremy Taylor.

Choosing to Let in the Light, Even in Winter's Gloom

By John-Manuel Andriote on January 22, 2018 in Stonewall Strong
Winter can be a grim time of cold, snow, and hassle. Or we can choose to let in the light and heed its lessons.

False Humility

In a society that espouses the virtues of humility while also promoting self-importance, inferiority emerges as one way that we try to reconcile these two disparate ideals.

Personal Growth and the Mystery of the Self

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Boundless
Thoughts on depth psychology and the mystery of the self.

Stories That Heal Primal Wounds

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 15, 2018 in Moral Landscapes
Primally wounded people often feel betrayed by their selves, their bodies, their weaknesses. Stories can jar us loose when we get mired in these traps.
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New York’s Most Haunted Mansion

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 13, 2018 in Shadow Boxing
An anthology of fiction opens up New York's oldest mansion for "ghost tours" and other adventures.

A Triple Coincidence Enhances His Life

Mind-blowing coincidences can open your mind to new realities.
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How Can a Modern Woman Integrate Religion Into Her Life?

How one Israeli, Orthodox woman lives a modern life.

Border Crossings

By Madelon Sprengnether on January 11, 2018 in Minding Memory
What’s so “family friendly” about death? Why ”Coco” captured my heart in a way that I can only describe as magical.

Zen and Zoned Out Are Not The Same Thing

For those drawn to Eastern traditions like Zen, yoga, and meditation, practice is key.

Why Connecting With Nature Elevates Your Mental Health

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in The New Resilience
What happens when you immerse yourself in nature? Most people feel greater connection and calm, and now a new research study shows how it impacts your overall mental health.
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The Structure of Fear: Follow-up

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Shadow Boxing
A class trip to a haunted asylum to study the psychology of fear had interesting results.

Yes, Humans and Animals Are 'Not So Different'

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Beastly Behavior
My book has drawn some predictable creationist criticism. Here I respond and invite dialogue.
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Is Unconditional Love Really Possible?

Many people pursue the ideal of unconditional love. But is this possible or a setup for disappointment? How can we be responsive to others while also being responsive to ourselves?

The Archetypal Themes of Synchronicity Stories

Coincidence stories tend to fall into fairly discrete thematic categories. Here is the first attempt at describing them.

Five New Year Resolutions to Improve your Mental Health

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Talking About Men
Evidence suggests that certain self-initiated activities can be very beneficial for mental health. A new year resolution based on one of these activities may be a life-changer.

Dance More!

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
When you dance for joy other concerns fall into place. The dancing facilitates clarity of heart and mind. Priorities reorder themselves. More is revealed. More becomes possible.

4 Ways to Achieve Meaning and Purpose in Your Life

What really makes happiness last? Having meaning and purpose in your life. Find out the four factors that make up meaning and purpose.
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Finding Hope In The New Year

By Allison Carmen on December 31, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
Feeling hopeful helps you develop a more open mind, which can help you access more possibilities, making it more likely you will find a resolution to your problems in the New Year.

Positive Psychology in Martial Arts

Martial arts does not just teach us how to kick and punch. It provides a strong basis for living with positive psychology foundational principles.

Are You on Your Own Side?

Is there more to self-care than getting a massage?

Energetic Therapies in Mental Health Care

Curious about uses of energetic therapies in mental health care?

WWJD? Why I Say “Happy Holidays”

There is no war on Christmas. Happy Holidays is just more inclusive and respectful. Hannity and President Trump are using religion in service of their political goals.