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Hypnotizing Yourself

When you think of hypnosis, two images probably come to mind. The first is from a B-grade movie where you see some Svengali-like doctor — usually deranged — dangling a pocket watch in the face of some [more…]

Understanding the Id, Ego, and Superego in Psychology

Sigmund Freud would have been a great Hollywood screenwriter. His "story" of personality is one of desire, power, control, and freedom. The plot is complex and the characters compete. Our personalities [more…]

Analyzing Theories of Psychology

Psychology — the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes — attempts to uncover why and how we do what we do. Different theories of psychology govern how different psychologists approach [more…]

Practicing Psychology: Pinning Down Criminal Psychopaths

When you think of the perfect example of a criminal, a few images may come quickly to mind — the criminal mastermind plotting the ultimate crime, the callous armed robber putting a pistol in a bank teller's [more…]

Thinking Smart: Understanding Intelligence

Psychologists have been trying to figure out what intelligence is for a long time. Plenty of examples of a lack of intelligence exist. Just take a look at those goofy home-video shows, with scenes with [more…]

Understanding the Psychology of Self-Consciousness

Have you ever seen a dog stand in front of a mirror? Sometimes they bark at themselves or stand there with a puzzled look. Believe it or not, the ability to recognize oneself in the mirror is pretty advanced [more…]

Harnessing the Power of Symbols

You may not even realize it, but your life is shaped by symbols that are passed to you or inherited from your culture, your race, your peer and social groups, and your family. Newspapers, magazines, TV [more…]

Dream Interpreting: The Emotions in Your Dreams

If you're interested in recording your dreams in a dream diary — or in interpreting your dreams — some emotion you've experienced is probably the driving force. Every time you express or deny an intense [more…]

Know Your Dream Cycles

To fully understand and record your dreams, it's best to start with some knowledge about your sleep and dream cycles, and how your dream cycles affect your waking life. Science tells us that everyone dreams [more…]

Dream Interpreting: Recognizing and Working with a Physical Dream

Dreams come in many shapes and sizes, some vague, some detailed, some frightening, some inspiring. They all contain encoded messages aimed at improving your life. As you become ready to start a dream diary [more…]

Defining the Different Types of Violent Crime

In criminology, how a violent crime is approached depends very much on how the crime is defined. So many different legal terms exist for various forms of violent crimes that it’s often hard for people [more…]

Important Theories in Criminology: Why People Commit Crime

In criminology, examining why people commit crime is very important in the ongoing debate of how crime should be handled and prevented. Many theories have emerged over the years, and they continue to be [more…]

Criminology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Immersing yourself in the behavioral science of criminology involves analyzing the tools and approaches for helping you, and society as a whole, understand and even control criminal behavior. From interpreting [more…]

Knowing a Psychometric Test When You See One

If you’ve never taken a psychometric test before, you may be wondering what they are, what they’re for and what they can do. A psychometric test [more…]

Receiving Feedback after Taking a Psychometric Test

Receiving feedback is a very useful but undervalued part of the psychometric testing process. Here are a few things to bear in mind when you receive yours: [more…]

Preparing for Your Psychometric Test

Preparation is often key to putting in your best performance on test day. Here are a few key things to remember before you take your psychometric test: [more…]

Understanding What Psychometric Tests Measure

Psychometric tests come in a variety of different forms, and they have a variety of purposes. Different psychometric tests are designed to measure the following: [more…]

Psychometric Tests For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Psychometric tests are a series of standardised tasks, designed in such a way that everyone who takes them receives the same task to do and the same instructions for doing them. This Cheat Sheet gives [more…]

Using Positive Psychology to AIM for a Positive Life

According to Positive Psychology, you need to take three main steps in order to achieve health and wellbeing. They are covered by the acronym AIM: [more…]

How Positive Psychology Can Help at Work

Positive psychology can be used in many different ways within the workplace. Organisations often use the positive workplace practices in this list to increase productivity: [more…]

Learning Resilience through Positive Psychology

There are seven main skills which can help you bounce back from any adverse experiences you may go through. Keep them handy to stay resilient. [more…]

Using Positive Psychology to Respond Healthily

Remember that harmful repetitive habits are the bane of the well-lived life. Taking the steps in this table can help you to tackle bad habits head-on. [more…]

Identifying Your Signature Strengths with Positive Psychology

Psychologists have identified 24 key strengths under six main headings. You have at least some of these – you really do. Identify them by using this list. [more…]

Positive Psychology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In Positive Psychology, science tries to answer questions about what makes people happy, what a good life is, and how to increase life satisfaction. This Cheat Sheet gives you some ways in which you can [more…]

Sentential Logic Operators, Input–Output Tables, and Implication Rules

Working with sentential logic means working with a language designed to express logical arguments with precision and clarity. To make use of this language of logic, you need to know what operators to use [more…]

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