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What Is… Critical Thinking

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is critical thinking. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy says that, while there are various different definitions, the basic underlying idea is "careful thinking directed to a goal." Wikipedia describes critical thinking as "the analysis of facts to form… Continue reading What Is… Critical Thinking

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What Is… Pop Psychology

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is pop psychology. Wikipedia describes popular (pop) psychology as "the concepts and theories about human mental life and behavior that are purportedly based on psychology and that find credence among and pass muster with the populace." Pop psychology is to… Continue reading What Is… Pop Psychology

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What Is… the Psychology of Tyranny

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the psychology of tyranny. This post comes from a suggestion by Meg as a follow-up to a post I did recently on lack of awareness about the Holocaust and Holocaust deniers. History is filled with tyrants causing… Continue reading What Is… the Psychology of Tyranny

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What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the euphemism treadmill. The term euphemism treadmill was coined by psychologist and linguist Stephen Pinker in a 1994 article in the New York Times. It refers to a process by which words that are used as a… Continue reading What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

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What Is… Neuroplasticity

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week we're taking a bit of a detour to look at neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to make changes to itself in response to conditions and experiences, including forming new neuronal connections. This ability is maintained in adulthood, although… Continue reading What Is… Neuroplasticity

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What Is… The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

News Literacy Project In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week we're looking at the psychology behind conspiracy theories. This topic came up in a recent post by Andy of Eden in Babylon. In particular, the Q-Anon conspiracy theory has become quite popular, despite its utter absurdity.… Continue reading What Is… The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

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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