The Invisible Child (or Lost Child)
Ever wonder why some children choose to be invisible or avoid other people? Being a part of the roles in a dysfunctional family, a lost child is a child who chooses to 'escape' every possible encounter that has the potential to hurt them as an act of defense mechanism. Check it out!
Breaking Down Myers Briggs: What Is Sensing Vs. Intuition?
Sensing and intuition can be one of the harder spectrums in MBTI to understand. For some, their sensing or intuitive traits are noticeably strong. For others, sensing and intuition are secondary to feeling and thinking. To learn more about MBTI, read this article.
Is Extrasensory Perception Real or All in the Mind?
People have claimed to possess extra-sensory perception throughout human history. A 2005 Gallup poll found that over 40% of Americans believed in ESP, but is there any scientific evidence to back this?
A Beginner's Guide to Reading Body Language
Learning how to read body language offers a useful life skill. What someone says or doesn't say can be betrayed by their actions. What's their posture? Facial expression? How can you tell when a partner has a secret? Is the perfect job candidate really ideal? Nonverbal communication offers clues.
Shaping in Psychology: Behavior Modification Through the Method of Successive Approximations
Which term best describes rewarding successive approximations of a target behavior? This article looks at shaping and how it works to modify behavior, including examples of shaping and how it's done.
Psychopaths Can Detect Vulnerability From Body Language
Psychopaths are known for being manipulative and exploitative. According to research, they have the ability to detect vulnerability in others based on the way they walk. This fuels their exploitative skills and helps psychopathic criminals pick their victims.
Do Our Senses Lie? Donald Hoffman’s Case Against Reality
A prominent cognitive scientist invites you to take a proverbial "red pill" and explore his theory of "conscious realism." But be warned—you may never see the world in the same way again.
The Benefits of Psychopathy for Business and Capitalism
This article discusses how psychopathic traits could be beneficial in a corporate setting for business and capitalism.
5 Interesting Research Studies on the Science of Meditation
Meditation has not always been readily available in the West, yet in recent decades it has become popular and accessible both in lay and religious circles. The scientific community has caught up and research on meditation has been growing steadily since the end of the 20th century.
What Is the Probably Approximately Correct Learning Theory?
What does machine learning and evolution have in common? More than you may realize...
4 Psychological Tricks to Make People Like You
Our ability to judge people's characters is not as objective as we think; the human brain possesses primitive, limbic circuits, and our opinions are based entirely on the way that people speak to us and make us feel. Use this to your advantage, and anyone you meet will love you and want to help you.
The Danger of Behavior Control
The decisions we make and the actions we take are a vital part of what makes us human. Life is about making complicated choices, and yet, there are people out there that want to prevent you from being independent. They want to control your every action and zap away any shot of freedom.
Common Misunderstandings About Borderline Personality Disorder
The movie Fatal Attraction led to widespread discussion about borderline personality disorder. This resulted in increased awareness but also increased misunderstanding of the disorder.
Self Adaptors, Alter Adaptors and Object Adaptors in Nonverbal Communication
Adaptors in nonverbal communication have an effect on how we view others and how they view us. A look at self, alter, and object adaptors, including when they're usually seen and what triggers them.
What Does It Mean When Someone Rubs Their Hands Together?
Rubbing hands together can mean two different things depending on the speed of the movement. Learn about this bit of body language: when it's usually seen and what it suggests.
The Concepts Involved in the Perception of "Mansplaining"
"Mansplain" is a new buzzword in regards to the sometimes awkward communication challenges between men and women. Mansplaining psychology, which uses cognitive science, can help to explain this social phenomenon.
Top 5 Most Counterintuitive Psychology Findings Ever Published
Psychology research often presents surprising findings regarding how the mind works, how we think about ourselves and others and how we interact with the world. This article discusses several of these results.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Plastic Surgery Addiction
Body Dysmorphic Disorder involves severe distress over an imagined or barely noticeable physical defect, often resulting in extreme plastic surgery procedures.
Romantic Relationships: Duck's Model of Relationship Breakdown
Duck's model of relationship breakdown explains the stages we all go through when experiencing a breakup. An advantage of this model is that it can be used to prevent breakups from happening entirely, but some argue that the model does not apply to everyone.
The Social Exchange Theory and Romantic Relationships
The social exchange theory claims that romantic relationships will last if the rational calculation of cost and benefit seems worthwhile. However, can we really use such economic terms when discussing romance?
The Fundamental Attribution Error: Are All Drivers Idiots?
The article explains why we assume other people's negative behavior is due to personal factors or internal to them, while we explain our own negative behavior based on our situation or external to us.
Romantic Relationships: The Filter Theory
The filter theory offers an explanation as to how we narrow potential romantic partners to choose someone who is right for us. It is considered a useful tool to help us avoid making the wrong decisions, but just how well can it be applied in real life?
What Does It Mean When Someone Puts Their Hands Behind Their Head?
This article looks at the hands-behind-the-head pose. What do its elements suggest about what it means and why someone might be doing it?
Subliminal messages are perceived by the unconscious brain. There is not as much subliminal messaging happening in the US now as previously reported, but there could be subtle messages that are received unconsciously. Messaging has probably been used by or political operatives, yet it may not work.
Indigo Children, ADHD and Autism: A World in Crisis
Musings on the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and the concept of "indigo children" in a hyper-medicated and diagnosed population.