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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… 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

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What is... psychology series

What is… Psychopathy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is psychopathy. We've all heard the term psychopath, but in popular culture, it's not always used accurately.  So what does it actually mean?  Psychopathy isn't actually a diagnosis in the DSM-5.  The diagnosis that comes closest is antisocial… Continue reading What is… Psychopathy

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Mental health, Stigma

Should You Blame Mental Illness for Bad Behaviour?

OpenClipart-Vectors on Pixabay When people see behaviours that seem to make no sense or are morally abhorrent, all too often they'll want to blame mental illness.  Take mass shootings, for example.  For someone to do something like that, they must have something wrong in their heads, they must be disconnected from reality, they must have… Continue reading Should You Blame Mental Illness for Bad Behaviour?