Researchers call Internet Trolls “Everyday sadists”

Most of the time, we try to avoid inflicting pain on others -- when we do hurt someone, we typically experience guilt, remorse, or other feelings of distress. But for some, cruelty can be pleasurable, even exciting. New research suggests that this kind of everyday sadism is real and more common than we might think.The researchers hope that these new findings will help to broaden people's view of sadism as an aspect of personality that manifests in everyday life, helping to dispel the notion that … [Read more...]

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Kids from Large Families Better Socialized, Less Likely to Divorce as Adults, Studies Say.

So here's one for all the moms and dads of many who are a little worn out from all the negative comments on the playground and at the water cooler.  It turns out the Church is right, the best gift you can give to your children is a sibling. In fact, maybe several.A recent study conducted by sociologists at The Ohio State University shows that an individual child's risk of divorcing as an adult decreases by about 2% per sibling.  The researchers found a steady increase in marital stability f … [Read more...]

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Is the Hook-Up Culture Over-Hyped? Absolultely Not, Study Shows.

As I mentioned,  I've been talking a lot lately about the hook-up culture among young adults. Last month, the New York Times stirred the cultural pot with their article titled, She Can Play That Game Too.  In it, the Times reported the experience of college age women who have become the sexual aggressors in the hook-up culture, often even intentionally getting themselves drunk so that they can bring themselves to play the role of sexual aggressor.A new study from the University of Portland of … [Read more...]

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“What’s that? Post-Abortion Syndrome May Exist…? Nevermind.”

This month, many secular psychologists are having an Emily Litella moment.Prevailing professional "wisdom" on the link between abortion and subsequent psychological problems is that there is none.   The official position of the American Psychological Association is, "Nothing to see here, folks, let's all just move along shall we?"Well, things are not quite as clear cut as the APA might like you to believe.  First, in 2008, a 30 year longitudinal study of 500 women found that post … [Read more...]

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Help for Those who are Seriously Depressed.

 We all heard the sad news this past weekend that Pastor Rick Warren's (of Purpose-Driven Life fame) youngest son, Matthew (27) committed suicide after a lifelong struggle with mental illness.Times like this can be very difficult for people with serious depression and those who love them.  The depressed patient can begin to worry, "What if my mind runs away with me?  What if I lose control?"   Likewise the loved ones of a depressed patient can worry, "What if I'm missing some signs t … [Read more...]

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Mandated Infertility “Treatment” for Homosexual Couples

I have to admit that even I didn't see this coming.  As you read this, try to remember that homosexual couples aren't infertile.  It is simply physically impossible for them to procreate.  But if gay marriage is, in fact, equal to marriage, then this is the kind of thing that no one will be able to stop.Should health insurers be legally required to offer infertility treatment for gay couples? Yes, according to a bill (AB 460) filed in the California legislature by assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D … [Read more...]

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Study Shows: People who Don’t Go to Church are Haters.

Ok, now that I've got your attention, the study doesn't say that... exactly.  But it does show that non-religious persons are much less willing or able to forgive themselves or others than religious people....those who leave a religious tradition entirely (i.e., those who were religiously affiliated and no longer were at the time of the survey) are less likely to forgive themselves and others compared to those who stay in a religious tradition. What seems to matter in promoting forgiveness, … [Read more...]

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Trust in the Lord and you Shall Renew Your Strength (Isaiah 40:31)–A quiz to test anxiety.

Trust.  Mystical Theology tells us that that path to unioin with God evolves through three phases;  the purgative way (in which we overcome our sin and neurotic comfort-seeking), the illuminative way (in which we grow in virtue, zeal for service, and knowledge of God), and the unitive way (in which we experience spousal union with God).  Along that path, we are told, we should see the lessening of anxiety and the increase in trust and peace.How anxious are you?   Take this quiz to find out.  … [Read more...]

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