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What Is… Concept Creep

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is concept creep. The term concept creep was first described by psychologist Nick Haslam in a 2016 paper. He wrote that there’s been semantic expansion (i.e. expanded definitions) of words representing various phenomena, so those words now encompass …

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What Is… The Psychology of Internet 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 …

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The Terrible Effects of Bullying on Mental Health

Today is Pink Shirt Day in Canada, a day to stand up against bullying. It began when students in a Canadian high school wore pink in support of a male student who was bullied for wearing pink. Pink Shirt Day makes for a good time to talk about how bullying affects mental health. While bullying …

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What Is… Occupational Burnout

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is burnout. Definition Burnout was first described in the 1970s by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger. It’s now included in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon that can influence health, although it’s not …

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