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What is... psychology series

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… 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. This was originally intended to be a 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… Continue reading What Is… The Anal Triad

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What is... psychology series

What Is… Reactance (Psychological Resistance)

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

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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... psychology series

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

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Identity and relationships

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… a Personality Trait vs. Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is personality trait vs. disorder. Personality traits Wikipedia defines personality traits as "habitual patterns of behaviour, thought, and emotion" that are mostly stable across time and context.  Some traits fall on a continuum, such as introversion/extraversion.  It's unclear… Continue reading What Is… a Personality Trait vs. Disorder

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Mental health

What’s the Difference Between Introversion, Shyness, and Social Anxiety?

Introversion, shyness, and social anxiety can sometimes get mixed up, but they're quite different. In this post, we'll look at some of the similarities and differences. Introversion is a personality trait, and it appears in the Myers-Briggs personality typology.  The opposite is extroversion, and individuals may fall at different points along the continuum between the… Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Introversion, Shyness, and Social Anxiety?

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What is... psychology series

What Is… Perfectionism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is perfectionism. Features of perfectionism Perfectionism is "a set of self-defeating thoughts and behaviors aimed at reaching excessively high unrealistic goal" according to a Brown University site.  It tends to be learned through messages early in life that… Continue reading What Is… Perfectionism