Looks, Romance, and True Love

Looks and Personal Character in Romantic Love       It’s not true that one’s character is shown on one’s face. If it’s angelic and beautiful, then he or she is probably Mr. or Ms. Right or one’s long-lost soul mate or destined partner in life!       Social science research has shown that there is …

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3 Creepy Notes: Extreme Loneliness Before Suicide

In the ’50s and ’60s, a Catholic who committed suicide is not allowed to be blessed inside the Church before burial. It was believed during this period that suicide is a great sin and a violation of God’s  greatest commandment to love one’s self before loving others: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” But …

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Who are Prone to Depression: Asians or Westerners?

  Cultural differences between Western and Asian cultures in individualism-collectivism (I-C), a dimension of cultural variability, show a strong possibility that Asians are predisposed to more negative emotions than are Westerners. Individualistic cultures, most of which are Western, promote individual needs, wishes, desires, and values over the group and collective ones (Matsumoto, 1990). Consequently, hierarchical …

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“Remember When…”: What Makes Us Happy in Life?

Whenever we hear the opening lyrics of the famous Broadway song “Memory” of “Cats” we would probably feel nostalgic because of the fleeting nature of life. Time flies. Only memories remain in our busy minds: Memory All alone in the moonlight I can smile at the old days I was beautiful then I remember A …

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Top Myths about Women and Courtship

  Introduction Hello to all my friends, followers, and subscribers! In this post, we are going to clarify the role of women in courtship, whether they are active or passive in the process of wooing a partner, as well as their attitude to romance, whether they are more romantic than men and suffer more than …

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6 Weirdest Love Stories and Marriages Ever Told

The Bible and the Church teach that marriage is sacred and a union between a man and a woman. Ephesians 5:25 says: “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.” Genesis 2:24: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and …

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Easter as Wisdom: Seeing the Ups and Downs of Life

Understanding the meaning of Easter Season for Christians is wisdom. Wisdom is different from knowledge, although wisdom needs knowledge. But this type of knowledge called wisdom is neither technical nor scientific about the world or life. A wise person may not be highly educated. He or she can even be illiterate. Wisdom has something to …

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How to Overcome Material Traps

Once we are born in the material world and become members of society, we are thrown into a sea of social norms. These norms can be laws, rules, regulations, customs, traditions, and other forms of behavioral regimes. Social norms when effectively enforced can be coercive to people. Each norm has coercion and sanction. This sanction …

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My forthcoming book on clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

Photo Credit: ipsnews.net Responding to the "signs of the times" of providing a sociological explanation concerning the structural roots of the persistent clerical sexual abuse by priests and bishops in the Catholic Church, I wrote a sociological book entitled "Sociological Perspectives on the Clerical Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Hierarchy: An Exploratory Structural Analysis of …

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Chasing the Ultimate Meaning of Life & Happiness

       Do we really know where we are going to in life? The following lines of the song of Diana Ross entitled “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” are loaded with philosophical and sociological meanings which can challenge us to find the ultimate meaning and happiness of our life:      “Do you know where you’re …

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