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What Is… Double Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is double depression, which comes at the suggestion of Meg of Where Good Advice Happens. This post uses a lot of abbreviations, which are summarized down at the bottom of this post. The term double depression is sometimes… Continue reading What Is… Double Depression

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What Is… Self-Verification Theory

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is self-verification theory. Self-verification theory comes from social psychology, and it says that we want other people to see us the way we see ourselves. That might seem self-obvious, but what's interesting is that this applies even when… Continue reading What Is… Self-Verification Theory

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What Is… the Psychology of Cuteness

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week we're going to look at the psychology of cuteness. Whether your preference is human babies or babies of the animal variety, they're cute. Even if the associated adults are rather unattractive, the babies just tug at the heartstrings. And… Continue reading What Is… the Psychology of Cuteness

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What Is… the Dunning-Kruger Effect

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the Dunning-Kruger effect. The Dunning-Kruger effect, first described by psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger, is a type of cognitive bias that causes people to feel confident that they have greater knowledge or competence in an area… Continue reading What Is… the Dunning-Kruger Effect

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What Is… A Philosophical Razor

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week, we take a bit of a detour to look at philosophical razors. I first heard of a philosophical razor quite recently, in a poem by Suzette Benjamin that mentioned Occam's razor. I've since talked about the topic with Andy… Continue reading What Is… A Philosophical Razor

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What Is… Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is nonsuicidal self-injury. Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a fancy way of saying self-harm behaviour that differentiates it from suicidality. Cutting and burning are the most common methods, but there are a variety of other methods people use, including… Continue reading What Is… Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

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What Is… an Addictive Personality

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is addictive personality. The concept of an addictive personality, although often referred to in pop psychology, is actually less of a thing than you might think. For there to be an addictive personality, that would suggest that there… Continue reading What Is… an Addictive Personality

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What Is… a Behavioural Experiment

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is behavioural experiments. Behavioural experiments are a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) technique used to test out beliefs in real-world conditions, kind of like a social scientist might. Behavioural experiments are commonly used in the treatment of anxiety disorders… Continue reading What Is… a Behavioural Experiment

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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