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What Is… Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is obsessive compulsive personality disorder. When people say that someone is "a little OCD," chances are, what they're referring to has little, if anything, to do with obsessive compulsive disorder. What they're talking about is far more like… Continue reading What Is… Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

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What Is… Psychological Testing

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is psychological testing. The assorted personality quizzes and things like that you can find online probably come from someone thinking up a few questions, throwing them together, and boom, there you have it. Psychological tests developed by psychological… Continue reading What Is… Psychological Testing

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What Is… the Psychology of Advertising

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the psychology of advertising. A University of Southern California blog says that we see an average of 5000 ads a day and 2 million 30-second commercials a year. And all of that is carefully composed to take… Continue reading What Is… the Psychology of Advertising

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What Is… The Anal Triad

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the anal triad. This was originally intended to be a post on stubbornness. I couldn't find much interesting on that, but it led me to obstinacy, which in turn led to the anal triad. We have Sigmund… Continue reading What Is… The Anal Triad

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What Is… the Window of Tolerance

NICABM In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the window of tolerance. Winterdragonflies recently did a post on this topic that got me interested in doing more reading on the topic. The window of tolerance was first described by psychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel in… Continue reading What Is… the Window of Tolerance

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What Is… the Illusory Truth Effect

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the illusory truth effect. The illusory truth effect is a type of cognitive bias that makes us more likely to believe false information to be correct the more often we're exposed to it. It was first described… Continue reading What Is… the Illusory Truth Effect

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What Is… Reactance (Psychological Resistance)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is reactance. Reactance theory was first proposed by American psychologist Jack Brehm in 1966. Reactance is a type of resistance that arises in response to having one's freedoms threatened, such as being told what to do (or not… Continue reading What Is… Reactance (Psychological Resistance)

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What is… Containment

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is containment. Containment was first proposed by British psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion to describe a pattern of communicating mental experiences. Another researcher suggested that Bion's theory was influenced by the way he himself had managed the trauma of fighting… Continue reading What is… Containment

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What is… Deindividuation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is deindividuation. Every human is a unique individual with self-awareness. Deindividuation is a process by which people start to lose that self-awareness when part of a group. Oxford Reference defines deindividuation as: "A psychological state characterized by loss… Continue reading What is… Deindividuation

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What Is… Emotional Abuse

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is emotional abuse. Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts recently wrote about her own experience with gaslighting, as did Caz of Mental Health 360º. I've written in the past about gaslighting specifically, but I wanted to take a broader look at… Continue reading What Is… Emotional Abuse