The COVID world is built for introverts - cartoon of a germ with a stay at home mask
Society & Social Justice

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 are on a spectrum, with most… Continue reading The COVID World Is Built for Introverts

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… a Psychological Construct

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is psychological construct. In psychology, constructs are ways to describe patterns of behaviour or experiences so that they can be explored, investigated, and discussed. It's a way of putting a name to things that don't exist in a… Continue reading What Is… a Psychological Construct

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What is… Deindividuation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is deindividuation. Every human is a unique individual with self-awareness. Deindividuation is a process by which people start to lose that self-awareness when part of a group. Oxford Reference defines deindividuation as: A psychological state characterized by loss… Continue reading What is… Deindividuation

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's terms are sex vs. gender. As we near the end of Pride Month, I've spruced up this older post about terminology related to sex vs. gender. When I initially published it early last year, it got a few really… Continue reading What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Herd Behaviour (and the Great Toilet Paper Shortage)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is herd behaviour. Are we people or sheeple? Turns out we're actually a lot more sheeplish than we might like to think that we are, and herd behaviour is exhibited across a range of different contexts. Kameda and… Continue reading What Is… Herd Behaviour (and the Great Toilet Paper Shortage)

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… The Stanford Prison Experiment

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week we'll look at the Stanford prison experiment. The Stanford prison experiment was a social psychology study carried out at Stanford University in 1971.  Male student volunteers were randomly assigned to be either "prisoners" or "guards" in a mock prison… Continue reading What Is… The Stanford Prison Experiment

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Pluralistic Ignorance

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is pluralistic ignorance. Pluralistic ignorance is a type of social group bias in which members of a social group privately disagree with a certain belief or behaviour, but they publicly go along with what they perceive to be… Continue reading What Is… Pluralistic Ignorance

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Just World Fallacy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the just world fallacy. The just world fallacy, also known as the just world hypothesis, is a common type of cognitive bias – a shortcut that the mind unconsciously takes when considering the world around us. Do… Continue reading What Is… the Just World Fallacy

How common is introversion? Stats from an American study
Insights into Psychology

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?

The social factors in mental illness that interact with our biology to shape our experiences
MH@H Mental Health

The Social Factors in Mental Illness

While there is debate over the roles of biological susceptibility and psychosocial factors in triggering the onset of mental illness, it's also worth giving some thought to how the illness experience is shaped by social factors vs. biologically-based symptoms. Once we are ill, we experience symptoms that are influenced by neurophysiological processes, regardless of whether… Continue reading The Social Factors in Mental Illness