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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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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5 Secrets Wives Won’t Tell their Husbands

It is always a taboo or prohibited for a wife to tell her husband how she felt with her former boyfriends or past partners. Even if the husband would personally ask her, the wife would not usually reveal all about her past relationships, especially if she feels that her secrets can affect the marital relationship. …

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Male Traits Attractive to Women

Photo credit: Pixabay.com   On Physical Traits Romantic love often begins with physicality. People are embodied beings and communicate with the world through their bodies. In cultures where marriages are arranged, physicality is not a major problem in the selection of partners. But in urban and advanced societies with a strong emphasis on romantic love and …

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What is the Relationship between the Material and the Spiritual?

INTRODUCTION Whether we believe it or not, life has two dimensions: the material and the spiritual, the real and the ideal. Life is more than what we eat. That is why religions are born to give meaning to the great tragedies of life such as sickness, accidents, and death, as well as to the realization …

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How to Mend a Broken Heart!

1. INTRODUCTION To experience a broken heart in romantic love is indeed painful but passing. There's no pain that won't subside and heal. It depends on how the broken-hearted person deals with the pain and positions himself/herself in an environment that can gradually erase the painful memory.  Let's first read Rona's letter before we'll tackle …

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8 Areas of Conflict in Relationship Due to Cultural Differences

There is a popular belief that romantic or marital relationship fails because of personal incompatibility. People who fall in love eventually separate due to irreconcilable personal differences. Many say that the incompatible personalities between partners is often the cause of  break-ups. But one can rarely hear from these people blaming the cultural incompatibility between partners …

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How to Become a Responsible Tourist

Introduction Responsible tourism is all about conformity of the tourist to the local culture, especially to the customs and laws of the host country or place of destination. There are different types of tourism and tourist. But all tourism is a cross-cultural encounter, an interaction between two cultures: the cultural orientation of the tourist and …

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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 group and collective ones (Matsumoto, 1990). Consequently, hierarchical differences in …

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