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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Transactional Analysis

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is transactional analysis. I got the idea for this from a post by Maja of Lampelina. Transactional analysis (TA) is a theory developed by psychoanalytic psychiatrist Dr. Eric Berne. This may not be the least bit relevant, but… Continue reading What Is… Transactional Analysis

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… The Diving Reflex

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the diving reflex. While the reflex itself has nothing to do with psychology, it's actually still relevant. The diving reflex is present in all mammals to some extent. It triggers a number of physiological changes that allow… Continue reading What Is… The Diving Reflex

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… 12 Irrational Beliefs and 3 Major Musts

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week, we'll look at the 12 irrational beliefs and 3 major musts described by Albert Ellis, the founder of rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT). I was vaguely familiar with REBT as the therapeutic approach behind SMART Recovery. Recently, when I… Continue reading What Is… 12 Irrational Beliefs and 3 Major Musts

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What Is… the Stress Bucket Model

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the stress bucket model. I first heard of the term stress bucket several months ago in a post by Caz at Mental Health 360º, but it's been around for a while. It looks like it's best known… Continue reading What Is… the Stress Bucket Model

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Polyvagal Theory

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is polyvagal theory. Polyvagal theory was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges in 1994 to describe how the nervous system relates to the environment. The vagus nerve The name polyvagal theory comes from the multiple circuits that involve the… Continue reading What Is… Polyvagal Theory

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Histrionic Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is histrionic personality disorder. Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) falls within the DSM-5's cluster B of dramatic/emotional/erratic personality disorders. Like any personality disorder, it doesn't just pop up out of nowhere in adulthood; it starts early and is pretty… Continue reading What Is… Histrionic Personality Disorder

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Psychology of War Atrocities

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the psychology of war atrocities. This post won't go into any details of the atrocities themselves; rather, the focus is on what contributes to people becoming perpetrators. This post is based on a comprehensive paper on the… Continue reading What Is… the Psychology of War Atrocities

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Learned Helplessness

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is learned helplessness. Learned helplessness was first described by Martin Seligman, who is also the founder of positive psychology. It began with observations made during animal studies, and eventually became his theory of depression. While doing classical conditioning… Continue reading What Is… Learned Helplessness

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… a Heuristic

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is heuristic. Heuristics (from the Greek "to discover") are mental rules of thumb or shortcuts that allow our brains to process information and arrive at conclusions more quickly. A post not long ago covered philosophical razors, which are… Continue reading What Is… a Heuristic