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Effective Ways to Cope with Stress

Stress is a constant in everyone’s life. Nobody is immune from stress-inducing events and situations. Here are few tips for dealing with stress in your life: [more…]

Professionals in the Mental Health Field

When you need psychological help, you have a few choices — and remembering who they all are and what they do can be confusing. The following table summarizes the differences in training and focus for psychologists [more…]

Psychology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The main question that fuels psychology is “Why do people do what they do?” Psychology basically attempts to uncover what people do along with why and how they do it. Studying everyday behavior and mental [more…]

Psychology Topics to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Psychology is another minor category that can appear on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Don’t worry — you’re not expected to open up your own therapy practice in order to pass the MAT, but you should [more…]

Applying Psychology for a Better World

Psychologists are nosy. They go to great lengths to poke their research, treatments, and interventions into all kinds of fields and subject matter that you may not even consider when thinking about what [more…]

Mock Test of Intelligence

Note: This is not a real intelligence or cognitive test. It's designed to be a "fun" introduction to testing and what it might be like to take one. Please enjoy — and take with a pound of salt. [more…]

Mock Millennial Generation Personality Test

Note: This is not a real personality test. It's designed to be a "fun" introduction to personality testing and what it might be like to take one. Please enjoy — and take with a pound of salt. [more…]

Human Differences: Culture, Gender, and Sexuality

"Everybody is unique!" is the mantra of the modern era. Many people pride themselves on being different and one of a kind — particularly in Western popular culture and media — and anybody spending any [more…]

10 Ways the Internet and Psychology Are Intersecting

Computers, the Internet, mobile phones, and massive computing power have fundamentally changed how people live, view themselves, interact with others, and spend their time. The context of human life has [more…]

Stress Relievers That Can Help Introverts Relax Before Big Social Occasions

If you're an introvert, just thinking about attending a big social event — especially one packed with people you don't know — can make you feel anxious or tense. [more…]

A Quick Trick for Introverts to Reduce Negative Self-Talk

Most introverts are very kind souls . . . except when it comes to being kind to themselves. While all people kick themselves mentally now and then, introverts are particularly prone to negative self-talk [more…]

Polite Ways for Introverts to Leave a Party Early

If you're an introvert, you probably hate spending hours and hours making small talk at a party. So don't do it! When you attend a social event, it's perfectly fine to stay for an hour or two and then [more…]

Success as an Introvert For Dummies Cheat Sheet

It's tough being an introvert in an extrovert's world. But remember that introversion is normal and healthy, just like extroversion. While extroverts thrive on social interaction, introverts prefer quieter [more…]

Psychology: How to Alter Your Consciousness

People have been deliberately trying to alter their consciousness since the beginning of human history. Human beings have used meditation, medication, religious rituals, sleep deprivation, and numerous [more…]

10 Tips for Maintaining Psychological Health

There’s no magic formula for being a psychologically healthy person. If psychological health is simply the absence of mental disease or mental illness, a lot of people are perfectly healthy from a psychological [more…]

Psychology’s Definition of Conformity

In psychology, conformity is a change in behavior that results from real or perceived group pressure. Most people are surprised to realize how much individuals conform. [more…]

4 Tips for Putting a Child in Time Out

Time out has become one of the most widely used disciplinary techniques by parents. The psychological idea behind time out is that the undesirable target behavior of a child [more…]

3 Psychological Tests to Measure Abnormal Behavior, Achievement, and Personality

Psychological tests are part of the entire psychological assessment process. Assessment is a set of scientific procedures used to measure and evaluate an individual’s behavior and mental processes. Psychologist [more…]

2 Psychological Tests to Measure Intelligence and Neuropsychological and Cognitive Ability

Any number of different disciplines are involved in mental illness treatment and working with people with mental disorders. Psychological testing, however, is considered the sole domain of psychologists [more…]

Psychology: Why Communication Is Easier Said Than Done

Psychologists Owen Hargie, Christine Saunders, and David Dickson developed a model of interpersonal communication that identified components of the communication process. All episodes of communication [more…]

Psychology: Basics of Persuasion

The greatest example of the psychological concept of persuasion comes from the movie franchise, Star Wars. Jedi warriors have the ability to influence the thoughts of others by using “The Force” for what’s [more…]

Psychology: Basics of Schizophrenia

The most common form of psychosis is schizophrenia.Psychiatrist Eugene Bleuler used the term schizophrenia in 1911 to describe people who exhibited signs of disorganized thought processes, a lack of coherence [more…]

Freud’s 7 Psychological Defense Psychological Mechanisms

Psychologist Freud proposed several important defense mechanisms. Keep in mind however that defense mechanisms are not used consciously. A person does not decide to engage in one; rather these happen on [more…]

Psychology: Basics of ADHD

The psychological disorder ADHD used to be called ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder, but it’s been officially recognized as ADHD for at least 20 years. The actual diagnostic symptoms of ADHD are divided [more…]

Psychology: Basics of Autism

Temple Grandin is a relatively famous adult woman who has autism, one of psychology’s neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits or abnormal language development, abnormal social skills and [more…]

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