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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Andy Tix Ph.D.
Are you bored or feeling "stir crazy" because of this pandemic winter? Reframing this as an opportunity to settle may be one of the best choices you ever make.
At typical holiday gatherings, young people are overwhelmed with a barrage of questions about their future. This year has been anything but typical, so let’s focus on hospitality.
Are godparents still relevant in today’s world? Yes, and here’s why.
Is a politician’s use of religious language as successful at courting Christian voters as Republicans have made it seem? Democratic candidates seem to think so.
The year 2020 will go down in history as a year of societal crisis. Much less acknowledged is the profound emotional and spiritual malaise people are experiencing.
There are many ways to be irreligious. Meet the religious "dones."
It’s easy to feel hopeless and helpless about the COVID-19. We do have some control, however, beginning with our beliefs.
Those of us who teach psychology courses have a unique opportunity and responsibility during the fall of 2020: We can help educate a significant slice of American youth.
The story of race in America is often told inaccurately or incompletely. A new story is possible.
Is mental health a valid reason to not socially distance? Major mental health organization and leading behavioral experts all agree.
What helps a student succeed in school? Decades of research point to three major factors: mindset, self-discipline, and motivation.
What enables a student to be a successful learner in school, while others struggle? Psychological theory and research provides some encouragement.
Few of us have ever dealt with a situation that feels as unpredictable as the coronavirus pandemic. Classic research suggests some ways we may seek order and control.
What are we going to do in this new season of pandemic? Until we can answer that question, our response will be wanting.
New research reveals an unappreciated experience in which individuals feel emotionally “moved" or "touched." This emotion may unlock one of the key aspects to a meaningful life.
Research on problem-focused and emotion-focused coping suggests what we can do to respond well during times of stress.
Same-sex relations remain a controversial topic. As the United Methodist Church votes on "a way forward," one psychologist seeks to help with respectful dialogue.
“Soulfelt” appears in none of the major dictionaries. By this criterion, it is not a word. But, it should be.
New data suggests religion is perceived to be the greatest source of conflict in the world today. Why does religion sometimes promote conflict, and how could it foster peace?
Ever found New Year's resolutions to be unmotivating or unhelpful? Here are six options for New Year's goals that might help you clarify your best life.
What explains why some individuals are more religious than others? Scientists interested in the psychology of religion seek answers.
Recent research is uncovering new connections between awe and spiritual experience.
Adversity can lead people to atheism or agnosticism. But what if questioning and anger were actually considered a critical component of a close, resilient relationship with God?
What do you really want in life? Applying theory and research on the German concept of Sehnsucht may help you to better understand your quest and live well.
Two psychology professors reflect on what students can do to succeed this new school year.
We may be bearing witness to the dawning of a new human experience, one in which we both enjoy unseasonable warmth and also feel something may be wrong with the climate.
We may want to make our "mark" on the world, but the greatest sources of meaning and significance may be found in little moments throughout daily life.
Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."
It is possible to experience the spark of awe in everyday life. Here are seven research-supported recommendations for how to do so.
Nature and nurture almost never influence behavior in isolation. Rather, nature and nurture almost always interact to influence behavior in complex ways.
Andy Tix, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Normandale Community College.