Showing posts from August 2, 2020

Is Psychological Research Racially Biased?

Race is rarely discussed in psychology research, which is dominated by white scholars, a new study finds.

Race plays a critical role in shaping how people experience the world around them, so one would expect a rich body of literature published in mainstream psychological journals to examine its effects on people’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

By Melissa De Witte

However, race is almost absent from top psychological publications, according to a new study led by Steven O. Roberts, an assistant professor of psychology in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. His research, published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, found that prominent psychological publications that highlight race are rare, and when race is discussed, it is authored mostly and edited almost entirely by white scholars.

“Psychologists are supposed to know about racial bias and how to prevent it from stratifying the world,” Roberts said. “But if we, the so-called experts, have a problem, t…

Breaking Reins

'Breaking Reins' is a 13-minute gem of a film-- cut with precision, and sparkling with the truth of human experience. Epic themes fold into it compactly: Love and loss, grief's stranglehold, Nature's alchemy, and the resurrection of unbridled hope. Directed by a 14-year-old, shot over less than 2 days, and starring a first-time actor who in his day job has worked 1:1 with over 2,000 horses, 'Breaking Reins' is a triumph in unscripted filmmaking, and a testament to the power of community. You won't want to miss this quiet masterpiece from Smooth Feather Youth.

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Seven Ways to Find Your Purpose in Life

Having a meaningful, long-term goal is good for your well-being. Here’s how to find one.

Many of the people I know seem to have a deep sense of purpose. Whether working for racial justice, teaching children to read, making inspiring art, or collecting donations of masks and face shields for hospitals during the pandemic, they’ve found ways to blend their passion, talents, and care for the world in a way that infuses their lives with meaning.

By Jill Suttie

Luckily for them, having a purpose in life is associated with all kinds of benefits. Research suggests that purpose is tied to having better health, longevity, and even economic success. It feels good to have a sense of purpose, knowing that you are using your skills to help others in a way that matters to you.

But how do you go about finding your purpose if it’s not obvious to you? Is it something you develop naturally over the course of a lifetime? Or are there steps you can take to encourage more purpose in your life?

Likely both, sa…

You’ve Heard of This Game Before… But Never Like This!

You’ve probably heard of this game on TV and in popular culture, but what you probably don’t know is why people like it so much! By tapping into some of the most fundamental elements of our humanity, this game can remind us to pause, come together (even virtually), and have a little fun.

Could a board game strengthen your relationships? By tapping into our most ancient skills, this popular game has the power to bring you and your friends and loved ones on epic adventures—even from afar—that will bring you closer than ever. Once you discover the secrets of this game of chance, you’ll surely be scrambling for your own 20-sided die!

By Owen Biniecki

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The Power of Real Love

"If love is what we need more of-- and we do --then Sharon Salzberg and bell hooks are two of the most important voices of our time. As a leading teacher of loving-kindness meditation, Sharon Salzberg answers the all-important question: how, precisely, do we bring more love into our lives? As one of America's leading political and cultural critics, bell hooks advocates for the power of love to transform not only our lives, but our society, overturning the culture of domination." More from both of them in this engaging dialog.

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Six Online Activities to Help Students Cope with COVID-19

These well-being practices can help students feel connected and resilient during the pandemic.

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO estimates that 91.3% of the world’s students were learning remotely, with 194 governments ordering country-wide closures of their schools and more than 1.3 billion students learning in online classrooms.

By Lea Waters

Now that the building blocks of remote education have been put into place and classroom learning is underway, more and more teachers are turning their attention to the mental health of their students. Youth anxiety about the coronavirus is rising, and our young people are feeling isolated, disconnected, and confused. While social-emotional education has typically taken place in the bricks and mortar of schools, we must now adapt these curriculums for an online setting.

I have created six well-being activities for teachers to deliver online using the research-based SEARCH framework, which stands for Strengths, Emotional management, Attent…

The Opposite of Meditation is Not Action It's Reaction

It seems like our society is at a low point in terms of how we talk about challenging, controversial topics within our political discourse and even our spiritual reflections. I believe the only way through this polarization is a re-appreciation for silence.

by Richard Rohr

Silence has a life of its own. It is not just that which is around words and underneath images and events. It is a being in itself to which we can relate and become intimately familiar. Philosophically, we would say being is that foundational quality which precedes all other attributes. Silence is at the very foundation of all reality—naked being, if you will. Pure being is that out of which all else comes and to which all things return.  Or as I like to say, Reality is the closest ally of God.

When we connect with silence as a living, primordial presence, we can then see all other things—and experience them deeply—inside that container. Silence is not just an absence, but a primal presence. Silence surrounds every “I …

How the “Kraken” Was Caught On Film! (Twice!)

How is it that one of the world’s largest animals still remains a mystery? In an original interview with our head writer Samantha Burns, marine biologist Dr. Nathan J. Robinson chronicles the day he captured real-life footage of a legendary creature that has been the scuttlebutt of sailors for centuries—and how we could do it next!

Below the surface of the sea swims a creature with eyes as big as dinner plates and a body nearly 60 feet long. Though they’re some of the largest animals on the planet and legends of their tentacles have circulated for millennia, no one had ever really seen the giant squid in action. That is, until these scientists deployed their ingenious technology into the deep!

By Sam Burns

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Kindness Is Everywhere

"Let me tell you about Don. He's a retired DC firefighter, about to turn 89, living alone in his Maryland apartment. Father of six, grandfather to a tribe, he's an Irishman, and darn proud of it. Around the start of the pandemic, he dropped me a line out of the blue, a reader offering his take on my novel 'Beneath the Same Stars'. Since then, we've struck up a fairly regular email correspondence. We share stories about family escapades, our bad knees, the loved ones we've lost and are losing, the dear ones who take care of us and bring us joy. We banter about politics and public health and books and the best way to cook broccoli." So begins this brief yet potent exploration by Phyllis Cole-Dai on the power of kindness.

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How to Be More Authentic at Work

Despite the pressure to conform, showing your true self is the path to more satisfying work.

When I worked in banking, I saw a lot of pressure to conform. To get ahead and gain favor, many employees made their best efforts to reflect the values that were dominant within their organization. Whether a workplace was fiercely competitive or extremely team-orientated, people’s success depended on conforming in terms of physical attire and “talking shop” to show they could fit in socially. This generated a great deal of stress for employees whose backgrounds, values, and perspectives did not readily fit the prototype for success in their work environments.

By Patricia Faison Hewlin

So, about 20 years ago, I started to conduct some research on what drives conformity and delve into the experience of suppressing authenticity at work.

According to that research, about a third of employees in North America feel pressure to suppress their personal values and pretend to go along with the values of th…