Why Even Pessimists Can Embrace Hope
A social psychologist explains why fear and hope often work as a team.
Patty Bruininks, chair of the psychology department at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, has studied hope for years. The word is stretched
What Brilliant Psychologists Like Me Are Learning About Humility
Measuring meekness can help the church as long as we remember the only One who had something to brag about.
In contrast, positive psychology—the science of virtue—looks at what goes right with people and how to help them flourish and thrive. Many of today's
Miscarriage Changed Me
How trauma and loss deepened my understanding of God’s love.
Psychology refers to this positive shift of perspective as “cognitive reframing.” The belief that I had gone through hard things and Jesus had walked with me through it all became a
Exposing the Truth about Honor and Shame
The Four Dimensions Christians Must Understand
entirely true. The assumptions of Western psychology shape the common perception of shame as a negative, internal emotion of low self-esteem. This
Responses to our May issue via letters, tweets, and Facebook posts.
There has been a bit of a revolution in this area of social psychology, and many people who study self-control and willpower are becoming convinced that the ego depletion theory of self
Do We Need a Stronger Word for 'Faith'?
Why theologian Matthew Bates would have evangelicals profess ‘allegiance’ to Christ.
connection to Jesus' kingship. It stresses the believer's inner psychology in a way that overshadows the Bible's emphasis on obedience. And since the
Why We Argue Best with Our Mouths Shut
Science reveals the power of being quick to listen and slow to speak.
Knowing this, it's not surprising that people tend to seek out information that confirms a belief and outright reject anything that conflicts with it, says Dan Kahan, a psychology professor at
What Science Says About the Age of Accountability
The latest research on good, evil, and infants.
In fact, one discovery of contemporary research in social psychology and social neuroscience is the powerful emotional underpinning of what we once thought of as cool, untroubled
How Our Unconscious Biases Shape Our Beliefs
Why we all need to get outside the echo chamber.
political scientist John Alford and his colleagues found that spouses share political attitudes more frequently than any other trait, Stanford University psychology professor Geoffrey
Do Children Go to Heaven When They Die?
God's love for children is clear in Scripture, but the 'age of accountability' is harder to find.
suddenly ran past us and exclaimed, “Nothing!” We would not have suspected anything, except that her little conscience and poorly timed work of reverse psychology alerted us to an
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Helping Students Overcome Insecurity
The Enemy wants our children to feel shame: here’s how to defend against it.
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education. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Psychology and has served as a counselor for at-risk youth in an urban public school. Today
A Walking Disaster
How a hurricane helped me weather my battle with cancer.
Jamie D. Aten, PhD, is an endowed professor of psychology at Wheaton College and founder and executive director of the college's Humanitarian Disaster Institute in Wheaton, Illinois.
Weekend Edition: September 18, 2015
Pastors who lead change well, American heresies, and more on this week's Weekend Edition.
religion” (138). Folk religion is to religion what folk medicine is to the science of medicine and what folk psychology is to the science of psychology. 139. Save
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Compiled by Matt Reynolds.
being.”Torn Asundergathers more than a dozen essays, written by Protestants and Catholics, examining divorce through the lenses of theology, philosophy, politics, law, and psychology
Our May Issue: Social Science and Spiritual Formation
Can research about the fruit of the spirit make you a better Christian?
With that study now published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, he guides CT readers through what social science really has learned about self-control and willpower.
How to Binge Watch Like a Believer
The acclaimed cultural critic Andy Crouch says parents, not kids, are the key to a tech-wise family.
technology use? So much of the anxiety around technology is about the kids. And there are reasons for this anxiety from developmental psychology. But the