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A Healthy Romantic Relationship Can Stabilize Neurotic People

(H/T PsychCentral News)   A loving, romantic relationship can have a positive, stabilizing effect on a neurotic personality, according to a new study, published in the online edition of the Journal of Personality.“Neurotic people are rather anxious, insecure, and easily annoyed. They have a tendency towards depression, often show low self-esteem and tend to be generally dissatisfied with their lives,” [Read More...]

The Difference Between Reasons and Accountability

A friend of mine posted this reflection to her Facebook page.  I thought it offered some valuable insights and I wanted to share it with you.  She writes… I think I finally understand the relationship between reasons and accountability. There may be a very good and legitimate reason for something, but that doesn’t erase my [Read More...]

Frequent Arguing Doubles Risk of Death by Mid-Life

Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbors may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.  (See Science Daily for full article) Researchers quizzed almost 10,000 men and women aged 36 to 52 about their everyday social relationships. The researchers focused particularly [Read More...]

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the Crisis of Fatherhood

“Something in the basic structure of human existence has been damaged!” A Guest Blog by Dave McClow, M.Div., LCSW, LMFT, a clinical pastoral counseling associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. I am a collector of quotes (well…books, too), and I am thinking through a theology of masculinity.  I think a theology of what it means [Read More...]

Good News for Families: Parents are Happier than Non-Parents After All.

FROM THE ATLANIC.  Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a “parental happiness gap.” Basically, the running theory has been that p But Chris Herbst of Arizona State University and John Ifcher of Santa Clara University noticed some weaknesses in earlier studies on the phenomenon. Why did the studies always treat the happiness gap as a constant? [Read More...]

The Devil Went Down to Harvard (w/Apologies to Charlie Daniels)

By now, you’ve probably heard about the organization hosting a Black Mass at Harvard.   My first reaction, of course,  was horror.  I’m still horrified, but as I became more familiar with the story, the absurdity of the situation began to take center stage.  Here you have Lucien Greaves, a “Satanist” who doesn’t actually believe [Read More...]

What Stage is Your Faith?

We have a tendency to think that faith is faith.  But we all recognize that faith grows and changes with time.  What if faith evolved over specifically definable stages? What stage of faith would you be in?  What stage of faith are you called to be moving toward? Universal Stages of Faith In his classic [Read More...]

Faith, Spirituality, Belief, Religion…What’s 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 the psychology of religion, these words do have different meanings.  More than just an academic distinction, these differences can actually be [Read More...]

Want Helpful Kids? Study Says, “Invite virtue!”

Every parent wants children who will be helpful around the house.  It turns out, the words parents choose to encourage helping behavior in children may make all the difference in determining how easy it is to raise helpful, self-donative kids. How do you get a preschooler to help with chores and other household tasks? Adults’ [Read More...]

Who Says, “I love you” First? Men or Women?

Chances are, if asked, most people would say that women are more likely to say, “I love you” first in a relationship.  New research challenges this stereotype.  According to Dr. Gary Lewandowski at the Science of Relationships Blog... In a survey of 171 people, researchers confirmed that most (over 70%) believe women fall in love [Read More...]
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