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What is... psychology series

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

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What Is… Herd Behaviour

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is herd behaviour. Are we people or sheeple? Turns out we're actually a lot more sheeplish than we might like to think that we are, and herd behaviour is exhibited across a range of different contexts. Kameda and… Continue reading What Is… Herd Behaviour

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What Is… the Inner Child

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the inner child. The concept of an inner child, or childlike aspect within each of us, has some roots in psychology, but it's also a pop culture phenomenon.  A search of Google Scholar for inner child psychology… Continue reading What Is… the Inner Child

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What is… Anxiety vs. Worry

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's terms are anxiety vs. worry. Anxiety and worry are both normal human experiences, but when severe they can be elements of mental illness.  Notably, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) features both of them.  People with high levels of neuroticism as… Continue reading What is… Anxiety vs. Worry

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What is… Rumination

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is rumination. According to the response styles theory, rumination involves the passive, repetitive focus on the nature of one's own distress and its causes and potential consequences.  It's self-referential, meaning it's focused on one's own thoughts and feeling,… Continue reading What is… Rumination