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Film 'Fences' Shows Rationalization for Sin

In the movie Fences (originally a play written by August Wilson), Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson, a fifty-three year-old man who works for the sanitation ...


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Fitbits May Not Be the Right Fit for Everyone

You've seen them—the colorful, wristwatch-like fitness trackers that seem to have taken the world by storm. (Maybe you're even wearing one ...


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Johnny Depp Says Alcohol Helps Him Cope

Johnny Depp says that he doesn't have a "physical need" for alcohol, but in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine he also admitted,

[Alcohol is] more ...

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Researcher Claims We Decide Based on Cravings, Not Logic

In his book Predictably Irrational, researcher Dan Ariely claims that most of us are masters at deceiving ourselves and justifying our actions. In particular, ...


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Compulsive "Sinner" Cures His Guilt but Not His Sin

There's a story about a man who walks into a restaurant and orders a Coke. As soon as he receives it, he throws it in the waiter's face. The waiter is ...


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Penn State Scandal Shows How We All Hide the Truth

When former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was first arrested and accused of child abuse in November of 2011, the board of trustees of Penn ...


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A Six-Year-Old Gives Up Consequences for Lent

At the beginning of Lent, my wife and I sat at the dinner table with our three daughters, ages 6, 8, and 11, and attempted to explain the meaning of the ...


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The Stages of Pornography Addiction

In his book Wired for Intimacy, Christian psychologist William M. Struthers lists the following stages of how men get hooked on pornography:

  • Denial—"Sure," they may say, "I've looked at it in the past, but I don't anymore." Most men will confess their struggle with pornography only under the conditions of anonymity and confidentiality.

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Book Explores Our Pattern of Self-Justification

The authors of the book Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) argue that our tendency to justify our actions is more powerful and deceptive than an explicit ...


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Pete Rose Rationalizes Gambling

Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hit leader, finally ended a 14-year streak of denying he bet on the game of baseball, admitting he wagered while managing ...


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