Maya Angelou quote: "When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed."

What is… Social Isolation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is social isolation. Social isolation involves an objective removal from social contact and relationships, which may occur voluntarily or involuntarily.  The term perceived social isolation is used to include a subjective sense of loneliness.  While loneliness and social … Continue reading What is… Social Isolation

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What is… The Stanford Prison Experiment

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week we'll look at the Stanford prison experiment. The Stanford prison experiment was a social psychology study conducted at Stanford University in 1971.  Male student volunteers were randomly assigned to be either "prisoners" or "guards" in a mock prison set … Continue reading What is… The Stanford Prison Experiment

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What is… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) incorporates a number of different alternative healing approaches, including neuro-linguistic programming, acupuncture meridians, and energy medicine.  It is not generally accepted within mainstream psychology, and has been described as … Continue reading What is… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

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What is… IQ

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term ism intelligence quotient (IQ). We've probably all heard of the IQ test as a standard way of measuring intelligence.  What's actually involved, though?  Well, to begin, we should consider what intelligence is.  There is no single agreed-upon definition, … Continue reading What is… IQ

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What is… False Pregnancy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is false pregnancy (pseudocyesis). False pregnancy, also known as pseudocyesis, is a type of somatoform disorder.  This group of disorders, which also includes conversion disorder, involves physical symptoms that stem from psychiatric causes.  In false pregnancy, a person … Continue reading What is… False Pregnancy

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Mental Health @ Home insights into psychology: sleep

What is… Sleep

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is sleep.  It's something we all need to do, but what exactly is it? Sleep involves altered consciousness and decreased reactivity to sensory stimulation from the environment.  The brain's energy consumption drops significantly, which allows for the repletion of … Continue reading What is… Sleep

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