St. Therese is generally regarded as a cute saint.
In her autobiography, she wrote the types of things that might make adults quip, “Kids say the darndest things! Isn’t she adorable?”
Therese wrote that she desired to spend her time in heaven sending roses to people on earth. Cute.
She did happen to be a very cute little French girl, that's true. But she also wrote with the boldness of someone who didn’t seem to care what anyone else thought. And if you take a few...
It's easy to fall into thinking in “once/then” terms when it comes to holiness.
This kind of thinking can sound like "Once I figure out my vocation, then I can really pursue sanctity!" or "Once I get married, then I’ll get serious about my faith." or "Once the kids get older, then I’ll start praying more regularly."
Thinking in this way reveals an underlying belief in an insidious lie though. The lie tells us that until our life circumstances...
*updated on 9/5/2023
It’s pretty obvious to anyone with a pulse over the age of 12 that there is a major difference between infatuation and love.
Still, the words “I love you” seem to get thrown around a lot. For instance, certain popular rom-com movies show relationships developing in less than two hours! In that context, “I love you” doesn’t exactly carry the same weight as a couple who says it to each other after 50 years of marriage.
*Blog post updated on 8/28/2023
If I just love him enough, he’ll change.
If I just treat her well enough, things will get better.
If I just let it go this time, they’ll figure it out and won’t do it again.
If you’ve ever known someone in an abusive relationship, these phrases will sound all-too-familiar.
While physical abuse is more overt and easy to recognize, emotional or psychological abuse proves more complicated and difficult to pinpoint. A...
Consider the last argument or disagreement you had with a loved one.
During that emotionally charged conversation, did you find yourself creating a case in your head for why the person you were arguing with was wrong?
Were you more focused on making a mental note of all the ways you could prove to that person how and why you were right?
Or maybe you were on the opposite end of that scenario and, while sharing your thoughts or opinion, could tell the person you were talking...
You might be surprised to learn that the final post in the series about feminine brain strengths is actually about worry! As a psychologist, I rarely talk about worry as a strength.
I should qualify here that I am talking about a little worry, not to be confused with the excessive worry that constitutes anxiety. (In fact, I don’t like using the word worry, but there is great value in being able to see certain tendencies as part of a spectrum and not necessarily entirely different...
Before diving in to the next "superpower" of the female brain, let's go through a few statistical facts about women:
One day while riding on the train on the way to my office, there was a female conductor. I’ve travelled with a female conductor once before, and both times ended the same way.
On the intercom as we reached our destination, the conductor concluded her comments with, “Have a great day everyone, and thank you crew for your work.” The only two times the conductor thanked the crew in the past two months were the two times the conductor was female – and they...
In the first article in this series on differences in the female brain that give it an edge over the male brain in certain functions, I talked about intuition and the neural networking of white matter that allows for a greater reach across different areas of the brain and more sources of information.
In this post, I'd like to turn our attention to the next "superpower" of the female brain: empathy!
Empathy is the ability to recognize and share in other peoples’ experiences -...
With this post, I'm opening up a short series focusing on the female brain and a few of the ways that it differs from the male brain.
Fortunately there is a ton of research out there to rely on instead of just offering musings from my own experience. (I don’t know how much experience is required for a man to feel competent on his own to comment on the female brain, but I assure you I have not reached it!)
Instead I will be relying on the work of Dr. Daniel Amen, among others, who has...