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What is… Personal Boundaries

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is personal boundaries. Kind of like our skin acts as a boundary to separate the insides of our bodies from the world, personal boundaries allow us to maintain separation in our interactions with other people. There are different… Continue reading What is… Personal Boundaries

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What is… Cognitive Remediation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is cognitive remediation. Cognitive remediation (CR) aims to improve psychosocial functioning by addressing several areas of neurocognitive functioning, such as attention, working memory, and executive functioning. CR is used mostly in schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury.  It's also… Continue reading What is… Cognitive Remediation

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What Is… Trolling

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is online trolling. Of course we all know what trolling is, and most of us have experienced it.  But what underlies it from a psychological perspective? A paper by Coles and West described trolling as "a specific type… Continue reading What Is… Trolling

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What is… Alexithymia

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is alexithymia. Alexithymia involves an inability to identify and describe emotions.  It's considered a personality trait that can be present to varying degrees and is relatively stable over time.  It's been associated with a number of DSM diagnoses… Continue reading What is… Alexithymia

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What Is… Victim Blaming

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is victim blaming. I got thinking about this while reading a recent post on domestic violence on Mental Health 360º.  Victim blaming commonly occurs in connection with domestic assault, but also in a variety of other contexts, including… Continue reading What Is… Victim Blaming

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What Is… Emetophobia

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is emetophobia. Emetophobia, or fear of vomiting, falls under the diagnosis of specific phobia in the DSM-5.  However, it hasn't been as well researched as other types of phobias.  As a phobia, it goes far beyond a dislike… Continue reading What Is… Emetophobia

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What is… a Wounded Healer

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is wounded healer. The concept of wounded healers was first described in the modern field of psychology by Carl Jung, who used it to describe psychoanalysts who went into clinical practice because of their own psychological wounds. However,… Continue reading What is… a Wounded Healer

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What is… Competitiveness

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is competitiveness. From an evolutionary perspective, competition is hardwired into us; living beings need to compete for limited resources in order to survive.  For most of us, though, that isn't too much of an issue, and the competitive… Continue reading What is… Competitiveness

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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