Insights into psychology series: What is apophenia
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… Apophenia (Finding Patterns Where None Exist)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is apophenia. Apophenia is a type of cognitive bias involving the tendency to find patterns where they don't actually exist, i.e. in things that are unrelated or random. It was first described by neurologist Klaus Conrad in 1958… Continue reading What Is… Apophenia (Finding Patterns Where None Exist)

Psychosis, psychopathy, & other psych terms; they may sound similar, but have very different meanings
Mental Health & Illness

Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

There's a lot of overlap in terms used in psychiatry/psychology-speak, and sometimes that can lead to the mistaken association of words that contain some of the same parts but actually mean very different things (like psychosis and psychopathy). This post will break down some of those words and word roots to hopefully add some clarity.… Continue reading Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

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

What Is… Neuroticism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is neuroticism. Neuroticism is a personality trait that's part of the Big Five model of personality. It involves: ... the tendency to experience frequent, intense negative emotions associated with a sense of uncontrollability (the perception of inadequate coping)… Continue reading What Is… Neuroticism

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

What Is… Internal Family Systems Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is Internal Family Systems therapy. Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a type of psychotherapeutic approach that's based on the idea that the mind is naturally multiple, and we all have a system of parts. It's often used… Continue reading What Is… Internal Family Systems Therapy

The COVID world is built for introverts - cartoon of a germ with a stay at home mask
Our Social World

The COVID World Is Built for Introverts

I recently saw a post by The Opinionated Woman titled The World Is Built for Extroverts. My comment was that the COVID world is build for introverts, and I thought I'd elaborate on that a bit. To start off, let's consider what introverts and extroverts are. Introversion and extroversion lie on a spectrum, with most… Continue reading The COVID World Is Built for Introverts

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

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

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

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

What Is… The Anal Triad of Personality

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 of Personality

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into 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/dark tetrad. The dark triad was first described in a 2002 paper by psychologists Paulhus and Williams, who happen to be researchers at my alma mater. They studied the three most common "offensive yet non-pathological… Continue reading What is… the Dark Triad/Tetrad

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

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… Continue reading What Is… The Psychology of Internet Trolling