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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

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What is… Psychological Effects on Reading

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term isn't so much a term as a category. We're going to look at psychological effects that impact the process of reading. Missing Letter Effect If someone is asked to identify each occurrence of a particular letter in a… Continue reading What is… Psychological Effects on Reading

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What is… the Dark Triad/Tetrad

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the dark triad/tetrad, and comes at the request of Meg from Where Good Advice Happens. The dark triad was first described in a 2002 paper by psychologists Paulhus and Williams, who happen to be researchers at my… Continue reading What is… the Dark Triad/Tetrad

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What Is… Intergenerational Trauma

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is intergenerational trauma. Trauma that occurs at an individual level is devastating enough, but when it occurs on a collective level, the effects of that trauma may not stop with the people who directly experienced the traumatic events.… Continue reading What Is… Intergenerational Trauma

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What is… Consumer Culture

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is consumer culture. Mel of Caramel (Learner at Love) did a post recently called Buy Now Pay Later that mentioned images she'd seen pictures of luxury vehicles accessing food banks. It got me thinking about the pressures to… Continue reading What is… Consumer Culture