General concepts in help resistance
By: Michael Smoker
Help resistance is a psychological dynamic in which a person requests help and then doesn't accept it. It is slightly related to the clinical psychology concept of resistance and unrelated to the psychoanalytic concept of resistance. The psychoanalytic notion of resistance is based on the...
Alternatives to getting psychological help
By: Christyl Rivers
Getting outside the constant clacking and mechanical commotion in your mind is essential for psychological relief. Here we will examine three alternatives to medications and traditional clinical therapies. They include connecting to something larger than you, specifically, the natural world, to breathe and meditate, and...
Why people use drugs and alcohol as a means of escaping reality
By: Sam E. Jones
People use drugs and alcohol as a means of escaping reality because sometimes reality isn’t that great; because sometimes reality is bitter or weak or doesn’t live up to their expectations or because sometimes it’s easy to fantasize about what reality should...
Taking control of your life: How to be a survivor instead of a victim
By: Christyl Rivers
Being a victim is part of life, staying a victim is an active choice. In Psychology, having a lot of misfortune, and spiraling out of control in the aftermath, is called “losing locus of control.” When we see ourselves as having power, any...
Psychological perspectives on free will vs. determinism and nature v. nurture
By: Christyl Rivers
Some of us will be quite relieved when people stop thinking in the either/or binary system of black and white. All things, are in shades of many colors, from rich saturated deep hues, to almost imperceptible tints. There is no nature separate from nurture. There...
Voyeurism and the Diathesis stress model
By: Ralph Yancy
According to The American Psychiatric Association- DSM-IV-TR (2000), the paraphilic focus of Voyeurism involves the act of observing unsuspecting individuals, usually strangers, who are naked, in the process of disrobing, or engaging in sexual activity. The act of looking is generally referred to as &ldquo...
The most signficant schools of psychological thought between the 19th and mid 20th centuries
By: Ralph Yancy
Both cognitive psychology theory and evolutionary psychology theory have their roots firmly ensconced in previously established schools of thought. Cognitive Psychology Although cognitive psychology and behaviorism have elemental similarities, cognitive psychology is significantly different on several points. Cognitive psychology is concerned with the process of...
Psychometric tests and their reliability
By: Wayne Ramsey
Psychometric testing has become one of the most utilized forms of psychological testing over the last several years. A psychometric test is essentially one that attempts to make assumptions about an individual or organization through a series of tests that measure responses in order to...
The psychology of mob behavior and crowd control
By: Enzo Sardellaro
­­­­ The Massification and Dictatorial Regimes Between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Western sensibility seemed pervaded by an increasing awareness of the presence of a crisis in "action". The term "crisis of civilization" echoed in the novelists, historians, poets...
Why some people exhibit self destructive behaviors
By: Maggie O'Cala
As trite as it may sound, some people exhibit self destructive behavior because they have self destructive personalities. Many times a person who displays this kind of behavior has deeper emotional issues than others may realize. The parents that raised them, the siblings they grew...

 

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