Mental Health @ Home Insights into Psychology: IQ - What is it that makes someone intelligent?

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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Mental Health @ Home Insights into Psychology - False pregnancy

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 adenosine … Continue reading What is… Sleep

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Mental Health @ Home Insights Into Psychology: repression and suppression

What is… Repression and Suppression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's terms: repression and suppression This is a follow-up to a recent post on defense mechanisms, which are based on the work of Sigmund Freud.  Suppression and repression are both examples of defense mechanisms, and they serve the purpose of removing … Continue reading What is… Repression and Suppression

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MH@H Insights into Psychology: Defense mechanisms - time to get a little Freudian

What is… a defense mechanism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: defense mechanisms The concept of defense mechanisms was originally proposed by Sigmund Freud.  They're strategies that are used unconsciously in order to protect the ego when faced with uncomfortable feelings. A number of defense mechanisms have been identified … Continue reading What is… a defense mechanism

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Mental Health @ Home Insights into psychology: Psychological stress

What is… Psychological Stress

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: Psychological stress It seems that there's a day/week/month for just about anything these days, and the International Stress Management Association has declared this week to be International Stress Awareness Week.  I've written before about how stress affects the … Continue reading What is… Psychological Stress

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Mental Health @ Home Insights into psychology: Oppositional defiant disorder

What is… Oppositional Defiant Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is oppositional defiant disorder, which was suggested by Josh of Recovering Porn Addict. Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is typically diagnosed by the early elementary school years.  In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), diagnosis requires … Continue reading What is… Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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