Essential Reads

Are You Spiritual or Religious? Does it Matter?

Where you fall on the spiritual/religious continuum

Love and Fear With Liam Wilson of The Dillinger Escape Plan

A musician understands the power of questioning.

Why Study Coincidences? Part 2

To help increase self-awareness and encourage psychological change

Recent Posts on Spirituality

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Five Reasons People Don't Like Atheists

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 More Than Mortal
Atheists seem to really drive people nuts. Polls identify atheists as untrustworthy, unelectable for public office, and unworthy of marrying into one’s family.

Love and Fear With Liam Wilson of The Dillinger Escape Plan

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Brick by Brick
Liam Wilson shares how he came to understand the power of questioning.

Is Dance Religious?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 What a Body Knows
Is dance religious? The question has always troubled me. It presumes a definition of religion (as separate from dance) that has already proven instrumental in the attempted destruction of dance traditions around the globe. I prefer a different question: Is religion dance? Take the case of Ron Brown's dance "Journey of Great Mystery."

How Nature Restores our Sense of Balance

Getting back in touch with the natural world can restore our balance.

Not Just One Way to Get Sober!

There are many views and opinions about what is needed for alcoholics to maintain long-term sobriety/recovery. There are therapeutic coping skills, medical model, evidence-based research, 12-Step model, SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, alternative treatments, spiritual/religious perspectives and more…

The Devil? Seriously?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 The Secular Life
A majority of Americans believe in the devil. Why?

Philadelphia “Gives It Up!” for Pope Francis

The Pope spoke at a meeting devoted to the importance of the family grace Philadelphia and remind millions of world citizens of the need for solid family values as the center of their being.

How to Live Well: A Book Review

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on September 27, 2015 Shyness Is Nice
How to Live Well is "one dose stark reality, one dose practical skills, and one dose humor.”

Circadian Rhythm, Light and PTSD

By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D. on September 26, 2015 Rhythms of Recovery
PTSD, chronic pain (fibromyalgia), and sleep problems are all characterized by circadian rhythm imbalance. In order to understand more fully the disruption of rhythm and time perception caused by trauma, it is useful to explore the role of circadian rhythm, light, and the pineal gland.

The Absolutely Vital Importance of Listening

Do you want to love (and be loved) more deeply? Become a better listener!

Transpersonal Psychology

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on September 25, 2015 Out of the Darkness
While transpersonal psychology has been on the periphery for a long time, its significance may be increasing. It is becoming increasing important for us to explore the "farther reaches of human nature."

Negative Spiritual Beliefs Can Sabotage Your Well-Being

By Christopher Bergland on September 24, 2015 The Athlete's Way
New research shows that people who believe that a higher power or "God" is punishing them with an illness tend to have significantly poorer health outcomes.

Looking for a God App

Feeling spiritually disconnected? Put down the iPhone and walk outside.

The Most Remarkable Thing About the Pope’s Visit

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 Our Changing Culture
Pope Francis' stunning message to nonbelievers

Can Life Have Meaning Without God?

Compared to traditional religions, naturalistic philosophies aren't very good at providing a transcendent meaning of life. Does this ruin their ability to complete with religion?

Mad Genius: Schizophrenia and Creativity

By Neel Burton M.D. on September 23, 2015 Hide and Seek
What, if anything, is the link between psychosis and creativity?

Why Study Coincidences? Part 2

Meaningful coincidences can jolt us into examining our own minds and our relationship with the world in which our minds are immersed.

Why Study Coincidences? Part 1

Coincidences are useful in ways most people never consider. Once you become aware of them, you realize what a recurrent part of life they are. They are intertwined with so many of the things we hold to be important.

Nurturing Awe in Kids

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 The Pursuit of Peace
Awe is an emotion that has the potential to unlock many other positive qualities in individuals. Parents and other adults have the potential to nurture awe in kids in several ways, as discussed in this article.

Yintimidation: Bullying The "Nice" Way

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Ambigamy
We associate bullying with yang or macho behavior, but that's not the only way to bully

Gratitude as Emotion: 4 Challenges to Forgiveness

By Rita Watson MPH on September 21, 2015 With Love and Gratitude
Does gratitude dissipate when we are angry or sad? And if so, perhaps forgiveness is the bridge between the gratitude of science and the gratitude of emotion.

How Can We Not Sweat The Big Stuff?

By Allison Carmen on September 17, 2015 The Gift of Maybe
We can feel overwhelmed and stressed during uncertain and challenging times. Our fear of how things will work out and what it will mean for our lives can make it hard to gain perspective. Is there a mindset that can ease our minds and offer us hope and possibility in any situation? MAYBE there is.

A Sense of Awe and Life Purpose Increases Your Mental Health

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on September 15, 2015 The New Resilience
Recent studies find that experiencing a sense being connected with something larger than yourself and having a sense of life purpose increases your overall wellbeing and mental health; and it promotes more positive, supportive behavior towards others. The studies add to the value of learning to step "outside" yourself, beyond your self-absorption with your own concerns.

When Someone We Love Believes Something We Hate

How to love someone with whom we fundamentally disagree?

Sayonara: Farewell Grandma, on Your 114th Birthday

“She waited for you,” the priest told me. I believe she did.

The Sense of Awe Takes Center Stage

By Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. on September 13, 2015 Awakening to Awe
The sense of awe, or humility and wonder—sense of adventure—toward living is beginning to make notable waves in both the media and research on well being.

The World Without Us

Do we care more about the future existence of other people than about our own future existence? In a strange kind of way, maybe we do.

Understanding Empathy

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 Out of the Darkness
Empathy is more than just "putting yourself in someone's shoes." It can stem from the ability to actually sense what another person is experiencing; the ability to "feel with" another person in a way that transcends separateness.

Living Closer to the Bone (Part 7)

By Michael Jawer on September 10, 2015 Feeling Too Much
Sentient creatures share a profound connectedness, with one another and with nature. The concept of soul can be understood in context of this innately felt connection with creation.