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How a group of California nuns challenged the Catholic Church

California in the 1960s was the epicenter for religious experimentation.

Maslow: Why self-actualization is harder than it sounds

Self-actualization is a noble aim. It is one which sells millions of self-help books each year and inspired the creation of humanistic psychology. In our individualistic society, the very concept that among our principal drives is to ...

New Study Shows that Swearing is Associated with Honesty

A new study reports people who use profanities tend to be more honest and are less likely to be associated with deception or lying.

It’s long been associated with anger and coarseness but profanity can have another, more positiv...

Spending Time Alone is the Best Way to Get Real Rest — Even for Extroverts

Picture this. It’s a Saturday morning, and autumn sunshine is falling through the blinds. You have a cup of coffee, a book, and an easy chair. Best of all: you’re alone. Your family, housemates, spouse, or children are elsewhere, and ...

Changing Your Life Is Easier Than You Think — Psychologist's Advice

When Sheryl Sandberg’s husband died unexpectedly two years ago, she was devastated. In her new book , coauthored with organizational psychologist Adam Grant, Sandberg recounts her process of discovering resilience in the face of loss ...

Faith, Spirituality, Religion, Belief — What is the Difference?

Conventionally, we tend to use words like, “faith”, “spirituality”, “belief” and “religion” interchangeably and, generally speaking, there isn’t anything wrong with that.

But it may interest you to know that for those who study...

Science Proves that The Wisdom of Crowds Exists

You just need to find the people that know they are right and expect others to be wrong.

To paraphrase Men In Black's Agent K, a person is smart, but people are dumb, panicky and dangerous animals. Researchers at MIT and Princet...

People are Making Themselves Miserable by Trying Too Hard to be Happy

A growing body of research suggests that striving for happiness as an end in itself can be self-defeating. In fact, the more we pursue it, the less likely it is that we’ll actually experience psychological health and well-being—and th...

How Being Bored Makes You More Creative

I'm dying of boredom,” complains the young wife, Yelena, in Chekhov’s 1897 play Uncle Vanya. “I don’t know what to do.” Of course, if Yelena were around today, we know how she’d alleviate her boredom: She’d pull out her smartphone and...

Almost Everyone Who is Single is Single for the Same Reason

“Write about the search,” he said. “That’s what’s fucking killing everyone.”

“The search?” Did he mean finding a new rent-controlled apartment that wasn’t possessed by fruit flies? Or perhaps a new startup job that boasted an ex...

How to Act Less Stupid, According to Psychologists

Over the course of any given day, the average person sees plenty of odd behavior. A bizarre outfit or a strange conversation, an unfamiliar gesture or anything, really, that doesn't fit into the realm of acceptable behavior.

One...

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained ...

Stop Thinking AboutYour ‘Purpose’ — It Doesn't Exist

Recently I was asked to write a short piece for a series on ‘Masculinity Hacks’ for a men’s coaching blog.

Personally I think the conflation of societal ideals of masculinity, the male gender, and spiritual philosophy is a bankr...

Historic Review of Humanistic Psychology

We are educators, doctors, nurses, human service workers, community activists, organizational development professionals, students, writers, musicians, artists, health and social workers, counselors, scientists, architects, business pe...

No, You Can’t Feel Sorry for Everyone

The idea of empathy for all ignores the limits of human psychology.

The world seems to be getting more empathetic. Americans donate to charity at record rates. People feel the pain of suffering in geographically distant countrie...

We are Programmed to Seek Partners with a Similar IQ Level — Study

A study co-led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) has found that people with genes for high educational achievement tend to marry, and have children with, people with similar DNA.

Humans generally do not choose their partner...

The Psychology of Hate: How We Deny Human Beings their Humanity

From slavery to genocide, society has shown a terrifying ability to disregard the personhood of others. Here's why.

One of the most amazing court cases you probably have never heard of had come down to this. Standing Bear, the r...

"Saviors" Believe That They Are Better Than the People They Are "Saving"

In the real world, people don't need heroes or rescue: They need systemic solutions to racism, patriarchy, colonialism and capitalism. But the seductive myth of the savior complex all too often leads us astray, as Jordan Flaherty show...

How Successful People Handle Toxic People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create un...

Why Is There Evil in the World and How Did It Evolve?

Evil, it can seem, is all around us. Hitler. The Rwandan genocide. Ted Bundy. Every time you read the news or watch television, bad behaviour that causes harm is on display.

These days, the word ‘evil’ has religious connotation...

Why Smarter People are Happier with Fewer Friends

If you believe the class genius is a loner because he’s an arrogant know-it-all, or because he’s socially awkward, that’s not (necessarily) the case. Instead, it might be because he or she is honestly happier without the incessant ina...

The Mind in Matter

The first volume of Stout’s Gifford Lecture series, Mind and Matter, is a metaphysical treatise intended to clear the way for the second series, entitled God and Nature. In the book one he explores the metaphysical difficulties surrou...

How an Ancient Singing Tradition Helps People Cope With Trauma in the Modern World

Riitta Excell wore a pair of homemade wool socks: white with red floral patterns and rounded blue toes. Around her were women sipping tea and enjoying plum pastries and chicken feta pie. They wore homemade wool socks, as well.

I...

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