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What is... psychology series

What is… Psychological Effects on Reading

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term isn't so much a term as a category. We're going to look at psychological effects that impact the process of reading. Missing Letter Effect If someone is asked to identify each occurrence of a particular letter in a… Continue reading What is… Psychological Effects on Reading

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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... psychology series

What Is… Intergenerational Trauma

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is intergenerational trauma. Trauma that occurs at an individual level is devastating enough, but when it occurs on a collective level, the effects of that trauma may not stop with the people who directly experienced the traumatic events.… Continue reading What Is… Intergenerational Trauma

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What is... psychology series

What is… Consumer Culture

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is consumer culture. Mel of Caramel (Learner at Love) did a post recently called Buy Now Pay Later that mentioned images she'd seen pictures of luxury vehicles accessing food banks. It got me thinking about the pressures to… Continue reading What is… Consumer Culture

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What is... psychology series

What is… Personal Boundaries

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is personal boundaries. Kind of like our skin acts as a boundary to separate the insides of our bodies from the world, personal boundaries allow us to maintain separation in our interactions with other people. There are different… Continue reading What is… Personal Boundaries

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Mental health, Wounded healers

Wounded Healer Interviews: Kacha

The wounded healer interview series features people who've dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts.   Wounded Healer, Who Is Looking in the Mirror Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interviews: Kacha

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What is... psychology series

What Is… 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… Trolling

How do you feel about your own company? - woman walking alone on a beach
Mental health

How Do You Feel About Your Own Company?

I find it fascinating the range of comfort levels people have with being alone.  It's pretty much guaranteed that we will all need to spend at least some time in our own company, yet there are many, many ways in which people experience this.  And while I know that for some people alone time is… Continue reading How Do You Feel About Your Own Company?

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What is... psychology series

What is… Alexithymia

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is alexithymia. Alexithymia involves an inability to identify and describe emotions.  It's considered a personality trait that can be present to varying degrees and is relatively stable over time.  It's been associated with a number of DSM diagnoses… Continue reading What is… Alexithymia

What is... psychology series

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