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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… 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... Psychology Series

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. I originally intended to do this 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 Freud's… Continue reading What Is… The Anal Triad

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What Is… Psychological Reactance

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is psychological reactance. Reactance theory was first proposed by American psychologist Jack Brehm in 1966. Reactance arises in response to having one's freedoms threatened, such as being told what to do (or not do). It comes into play… Continue reading What Is… Psychological Reactance

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Depression

“You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

Irritability can definitely be an issue sometimes because of my depression.  I seem to lose access to all of my more mature self, and revert to what may have worked best when I was five years old.  This can have a major impact on my behaviour, and sometimes I have let fly with yelling, screaming,… Continue reading “You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

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What is… the Dark Triad/Tetrad

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the dark triad/tetrad, and comes at the request of Meg from Where Good Advice Happens. The dark triad was first described in a 2002 paper by psychologists Paulhus and Williams, who happen to be researchers at my… Continue reading What is… the Dark Triad/Tetrad

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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

Book cover: Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung
Book Reviews, Psychosocial

Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung is wholeheartedly pro-introvert, which I thought was fantastic, because so am I. The book defines introverts as "people who gain energy in solitude and lose energy in stimulating environments."  The author's stance is that introversion is not a limitation.  The tone has a motivational, coaching style as… Continue reading Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

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Psychosocial

How Common Is Introversion?

Introversion and extroversion are personality traits lying at opposite ends of a spectrum.  Some people fit with one extreme or another, but many people fall somewhere in the middle. Introversion & extroversion – what's the difference? Much of the difference between the two comes down to energy – where someone tends to focus it, and… Continue reading How Common Is Introversion?

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's terms are antisocial and asocial. For some reason, I have a very clear memory of a moment shortly after my nursing career began.  I was at work and was saying something about being antisocial.  One of the psychiatrists looked… Continue reading What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial