Your motivation for constant connection is a combination of pleasure and anxiety ... An obsession [unlike an addition] is not built around the brain chemistry that produces the equivalent physical feeling of pleasure. It is built around performing an act that reduces your feeling of anxiety. [Read Article]
"As followers of Christ, we must have a distinct voice, one that does not cry out only in anger, but also with hope and forgiveness... At the same time that the Gospel calls unethical exploiters to justice, it also offers forgiveness and redemption to these same people who have committed such atrocities against humanity. Judging the world with self-righteousness is an empty endeavor; we must confront such evils with the full power of the Gospel." [Read Article]
What do the experience of beauty and positive mental health have in common? Everything! Whether found in nature, art or people, the ability to experience beauty provides significant therapeutic qualities. In this seminar based on doctoral-level research, Dr. Margaret Laracy discusses how attentiveness to beauty can benefit both the client and the therapist in a variety of ways.
When nerve damage left his hand shaking badly, artist Phil Hansen learned to embrace this limitation, leading to more creativity than he could have imagined. His message of embracing limitations offers hope for those facing mental illness.
"'With business meditation, we have a practice that is extrapolated from Buddhism and secularized so that all of the theological underpinnings are swept away... So we have Buddhism stood on its head. Mindfulness meditation has been brought into the service of a totally different perspective and world view.' By now, that’s part of a venerable American tradition." [Read Article]
At a time when concern about campus rapes, domestic violence, and sexual assaults against women is at an all-time high, the appeal of “Fifty Shades of Grey”—a story that celebrates a man sexually abusing a woman—is hard to explain.