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Happiness, life satisfaction, and meaning - a blog by Dr. Steve Wright with tips to help you in your life, work, and play.
Harvard psychology professor Tal Ben-Shahar calls happiness the "ultimate currency." Why not spend some time actively building your "psychological wealth"? Answers you can trust based on scientific research in positive psychology.

Theory of Psychological Sense of Community by McMillan & Chavis (a summary).
This theory is the starting point for most of the recent research on "sense of community" by psychologists, and is by far the most influential in this area. (ON SITE)

This is Your Lifeline! [game piece] [game piece]
A simulation (in game show format) to teach about CUMULATIVE RISK in ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT. Includes a PowerPoint presentation on Teen Risk Factors you can view right on the web. (ON SITE)

The Social Animal by Elliot Aronson, a classic Social Psychology text.
"Self-justification," a Social Psychology book excerpt. (ON SITE)
"Cognitive Dissonance," a Social Psychology book excerpt. (ON SITE)

The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life by Robert Trivers
"Hierarchy & safety," an Evolutionary Psychology book excerpt. (ON SITE)

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Recommended Popular Books


PsychWeb, by Dr. Russell A. Dewey.
Great for students of psychology.

Educational Psychology Interactive.
Topics include: General Psychology, Professional Associations, Careers and Graduate School, On-line Courses and Course Materials, Educational and School Psychology, The Study of Mind, Cognitive Psychology, Behavioral Psychology, Humanistic Psychology, Electronic Psychology Journals and Text Files.

Positive Psychology. [I recommend visiting the "executive summary" first (link below).]
Section of an academic site created by Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association (APA) and author of bestseller Authentic Happiness.

The Positive Psychology Network Executive Summary.
"THE MISSION: To understand and build the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.
THE RATIONALE: During its first century, psychology justifiably focused most of its attention on human suffering. Marked progress as been made in understanding and treating numerous psychological disorders - depression, anxiety, and phobias, to name a few. While alleviating suffering, however, psychology has neglected what makes life most worth living."
Continue reading the executive summary.

Dr. Michael Nielsen's Psychology of Religion Page.
An excellent introduction to the psychological study of religion.

The Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James: (online: on one page), (online), (paperback), (hardcover).
The classic text that was more influential than any other in the psychology of religion.

The Interpretation of Dreams, by Sigmund Freud: (online), (paperback), (hardcover).

The C.G. Jung Institute of Boston.

Mind Media's Guide to Self-Improvement.
Topics include: Dreams, Creativity Enhancement, Self-Improvement, Love and Relationships, Psychology, Success, Altered States of Consciousness, Mental Tests Mental Fitness, Spirituality and New Age, "Fun and Useful."

So many of the links I once posted here have gone bad over the years that my list has now become rather short. Nevertheless, the links above lead to a wealth of information.

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