Toxic productivity: Graphic of a man trying to do multiple tasks at once
Our Social World

Why Is Toxic Productivity a Thing?

I'm generally pretty out of the loop when it comes to pop psychology phenomena, so I just stumbled across the term toxic productivity fairly recently. While I hadn't heard the term before, I'm at least with it enough to know that productivity talk is all over the internet. What is toxic productivity? Toxic productivity is… Continue reading Why Is Toxic Productivity a Thing?

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

What Is… Panic Buying

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is panic buying. Panic buying has been in the news in the UK recently, and I'm sure everyone remembers the great toilet paper crisis of 2020. This phenomenon has occurred a number of times over the past century.… Continue reading What Is… Panic Buying

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

What Is… Conformity

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is conformity. Whether we're talking about peer pressure, keeping up with the Joneses, or other influences, there's often a lot of appeal to conformity. That may be conscious appeal, or an influence we're not really aware of, but… Continue reading What Is… Conformity

Mental Health @ Home book review: Hello Cruel World
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Hello, Cruel World

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternative to Suicide for Teens, Freaks & Other Outlaws by Kate Bornstein was recommended to me by Skinny Hobbit. It's written for nonconforming "freaks and outlaws," whether that be in relation to gender, sexual orientation, or anything else that society likes to judge. It has fun illustrations, like a "get out… Continue reading Book Review: Hello, Cruel World

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

What Is… Resting Bitch Face

That's King Louis XIV of France showing off his RBF. In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is resting bitch face. Okay, so the term resting bitch face certainly doesn't sound scientific, and it isn't. However, it does seem to be related to an actual… Continue reading What Is… Resting Bitch Face

Blogging and social proof - image of a brain
Blogging and Writing

Blogging, Likes, and Social Proof

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke alluded to this recently, and I wanted to talk a little more about the psychological phenomenon called social proof, and how it applies to blogging. First off, what is social proof? When we're in a situation where the action we should take is ambiguous, we tend to follow what… Continue reading Blogging, Likes, and Social Proof

Separating sex and gender: What's biology, and what's socially constructed?
Social Justice

Separating Out Sex/Gender, Biology and Social Construct

I got thinking about this after watching an interview with Steven Pinker, one of my academic crushes, and then another interview with Jordan Peterson. Both referred to biological differences between men and women, although in different ways, and I wanted to do a post exploring my own take on sex and gender differences, and the… Continue reading Separating Out Sex/Gender, Biology and Social Construct

Diagram of socially acceptable identities and deviant identities
Stop the Stigma

Racism, Prejudice, and Implicit/Explicit Beliefs

Last week I reviewed White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. There were some important concepts that she alluded to but didn’t clearly explain, so I decided to do a post, from a social constructionist viewpoint, about how stereotypes and prejudice develop, and why the difference between implicit and explicit beliefs is important. Our societies create categories… Continue reading Racism, Prejudice, and Implicit/Explicit Beliefs

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… the Psychology of War Atrocities

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the psychology of war atrocities. This post won't go into any details of the atrocities themselves; rather, the focus is on what contributes to people becoming perpetrators. This post is based on a comprehensive paper on the… Continue reading What Is… the Psychology of War Atrocities