The Bizarre Spread of the COVID/5G conspiracy theory: cartoon of a train pulling a coronavirus particle and 5G symbol
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The Bizarre Spread of the COVID/5G Conspiracy Theory

The COVID/5G conspiracy theory has been around since the early days of the pandemic. How did such an out-there idea become so widely known? The dumpster fire that is social media has a fair bit to do with it, with a combination of misinformation (wrong information spread without manipulative/deceptive intent) and disinformation (intentionally spreading wrong… Continue reading The Bizarre Spread of the COVID/5G Conspiracy Theory

a list of cognitive biases that can feed into social anxiety
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Cognitive Biases that Can Feed into Social Anxiety

This post is a follow-up to a conversation Winter Dragonflies and I were having about different mental errors that can feed into social anxiety. We all have a natural set of cognitive biases that can result in mental errors, so I wanted to take a look at what some of those might be. Cognitive biases… Continue reading Cognitive Biases that Can Feed into Social Anxiety

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Insights into Psychology

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

modified johari window of knowledge
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The Importance of What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know

There's a lot of knowledge out there in the world. We've all accumulated some of it, whether that's by formal schooling, work, or life in general. There are several different ways in which we relate to the potential knowledge that's out there in the world. This can be seen in the modified Johari window diagram… Continue reading The Importance of What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

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. Then there's the variety… Continue reading What Is… The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

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Insights into Psychology

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

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

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

perceived vs. objective reality: what's real and what's subjective? - graphic of superimposed lenses
Insights into Psychology

Perceived vs. Objective Reality

Our minds play all kinds of tricks on us. We've got all kinds of cognitive biases that influence what we do with our thoughts, and our brains do interesting things with the what it picks up through our senses. There's a philosophical argument as to whether or not there is a truly objective reality, but… Continue reading Perceived vs. Objective Reality

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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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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Pluralistic Ignorance

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is pluralistic ignorance. Pluralistic ignorance is a type of social group bias in which members of a social group privately disagree with a certain belief or behaviour, but they publicly go along with what they perceive to be… Continue reading What Is… Pluralistic Ignorance