Memory distortions: What causes them?

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Home » Psychological phenomenaIt’s tempting to think our memory works like the memory of a video recorder, in that it replays information exactly as recorded. This isn’t always the case. Our memory is prone to errors called memory distortions. A distorted memory is a memory whose recall differs from what was encoded (recorded). In other …

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Stockholm syndrome psychology (explained)

Home » Psychological phenomenaStockholm Syndrome is an intriguing psychological phenomenon in which hostages develop positive feelings for their captors during captivity. It sounds confusing. After all, common sense says that we should hate those who forcibly capture us and threaten us with violence, right? Stockholm Syndrome does not only makes victims like their captors. Some …

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Why do certain behaviours make us cringe?

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Home » Psychological phenomenaYou show your friend a music video from your favourite band, hoping they’ll like it as much as you do. After about a minute into the video, your friend blurts out, “Ugh… the singer makes me cringe!” You feel devastated, wronged, and slightly embarrassed. “Is this supposed to be cringe-worthy? I didn’t …

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Impostor syndrome: When top achievers feel like frauds

Home » Psychological phenomenaJoe was a brilliant actor who had been nominated for the best actor award in an award ceremony. He had worked hard and his movie had done very well. When the announcer announced that he was the winner, Joe felt a cocktail of emotions- he was joyous, inexplicably sad, relieved and excited …

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Why do people repeat themselves over and over

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Home » Psychological phenomenaHave you ever wondered why people keep repeating the same thing in conversations over and over? If you’re anything like me, you can’t ignore the content of conversations because you know that language can be a window to the mind. People repeat what they say for a number of reasons in a …

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Stereotype psychology: Why do people stereotype?

Home » Psychological phenomenaThis article will focus on stereotype psychology, explaining why people stereotype others and how we can begin to break these stereotypes. Stereotyping means attributing a personality trait or a set of personality traits to a group of people. These traits may either be positive or negative and stereotyping of groups is usually …

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What does dehumanization mean?

Home » Psychological phenomenaDehumanization means stripping humans off of their human qualities. Dehumanized humans are viewed as less than human by the dehumanizers, no longer having the same worth and dignity that humans normally ascribe to each other. Researchers have identified two types of dehumanizations- animalistic and mechanistic dehumanization.1 In animalistic dehumanization, you deny human …

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What causes homophobia?

Home » Psychological phenomenaWhat causes homophobia?Why are some people homophobic?What are the psychological and biological drivers of homophobia? This article will attempt to answer these questions. Homophobia is a pervasive phenomenon that has been known to occur since the dawn of human history. It ranges from having antagonistic attitudes toward homosexuals to engaging in violent …

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