Caring for the Wrong Reasons is Hazardous to Your Health

Caring for people for the wrong reasons can cause burnout or worse.  A new study found that nurses who gravitate to the profession out of a desire to help people  tend to burn out and experience other mental health problems at a higher rate than those who become nurses because they enjoy the work or the lifestyle afforded by the profession.  The study doesn’t just apply to nurses, but anyone in a relationship. Caring for the Right Reasons We’re all… Read more

Feeling Loved Increases Sexual Pleasure

I get a lot of questions from men wondering how they can please their wives in the bedroom.  A new study confirms my usual advice, “Make her feel loved outside of the bedroom.”  That said, it turns out that feelings of love don’t just improve the psychological experience of sex.  It also improves the physiological experience of sex. Love and commitment can make sex physically more satisfying for many women, according to a Penn State Abington sociologist.  In a series… Read more

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Emotional Intelligence is a term coined by psychologist, Daniel Goleman, that refers to a person’s ability to identify, manage, understand and process emotions so that you can effectively manage stress, have healthy, rewarding relationships, handle conflict respectfully, and maintain good emotional health. As the article I linked above explains, Emotional Intelligence has been shown to be even more important than IQ in determining career success and both relationship and life satisfaction. Considering all the benefits to be gained by developing… Read more

Does God Answer Prayer? Depends on Which God You Pray To, Study Says

New research from Baylor University shows that the nature of our attachment to God and the way we imagine God directly relates to the psychological & health benefits a person tends to get from prayer. Those who prayed to a loving and supportive God whom they thought would be there to comfort and protect them in times of need were less likely to show symptoms of anxiety-related disorders — symptoms such as irrational worry, fear, self-consciousness, dread in social situations,… Read more

Suicide and the Christian

In light of Robin Williams’ tragic death there are a lot of people saying a lot of different things about Christianity and suicide. I thought it would be useful to take a moment to consider the wisdom the Catechism has to offer. “Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide. We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By… Read more

Effective Coping for Emotional Distress

Earlier today I offered some reflections on what people-of-faith need to know about depression.  I promised that I’d offer some additional thoughts on effective coping for emotional distress. Effective coping strategies enable a person to gather their psychological, emotional, spiritual, and relational resources so that they can respond to the problems they are facing.  By contrast, ineffective coping strategies simply allow a person to escape, withdraw, or numb themselves for a time, but when the “break” is over the person… Read more

Dealing With Depression: Getting the Right Kind of Help Matters

The news of Robin Williams’ suicide has brought the insidious nature of depression front and center.   I know too many Christians who believe that they should be immune from depression because they are Christian.   While research shows that some believers can be more resistant to depression and have a somewhat easier time bouncing back when they do get depression, it is also true that some approaches to religion can be associated with higher rates of depression and emotional… Read more

Innocence Restored–Hope for Those Who Have Suffered Indignity and Abuse

One of the most heartbreaking aspect of my work with victims of abuse–whether verbal, physical, sexual or some combination of all of these–is to hear them talk about how they feel “dirty”, “tainted,” “guilty” and a host of other adjectives that undermine their dignity and worth as persons.  Intellectually, most of them know that they bear no blame for the things that were done to them, but the emotional and spiritual wounds run deep.  When we’re treated like trash, we… Read more

You’re So Vain (You Probably Think This Quiz Is About You).

How narcissistic are you?   A new study shows that one question can accurately reveal the degree of narcissism you exhibit. Ready…? To what extent do you agree with the following statement, “I am a narcissist”? Not at All True–1   2  3  4  5  6  7 –Very True   (A score of 3 is about average.  A score of 4 means you’re more narcissistic than about 80% of people taking the quiz) Read the article. Take the actual quiz. Read more

“You Are the Average of the 5 People You Spend the Most Time With.”

Yesterday on More2Life Radio, Lisa an I discussed an assertion of a new book, The Power of No Specifically, that “you are an average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” I haven’t read the whole book, but I was struck by this assertion.  It’s really a terrific way of communicating, in simple terms, the Theology of the Body’s claim that the human person is communal and relational by nature.  We have a profound impact on the lives of… Read more

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