Psychological time vs clock time

psychological time in boredom

We don’t always perceive time as it flows. In other words, there can be a discrepancy between psychological time and actual time shown by a clock. Primarily, our mental states influence or distort our perception of time. Our minds have an amazing ability to keep track of time, despite the fact that we have no sensory …

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Why we want others to like what we like

You listen to a new song that you like and make your sibling, partner or best friend hear it, often against their will. You watch a brilliant movie or a TV show and go about recommending it to everyone. You read a chilling novel and swear to your friends that they’d be thrilled if they check …

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The Zeigarnik effect in psychology

The Zeigarnik effect states that we have a tendency to remember unfinished tasks. It is named after the psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik who, in the late 1920s, discovered that waiters had a tendency to remember un-served orders. She also observed that as soon as the orders were served, the waiters seemed to completely forget about them. The …

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Mistaking a stranger for someone you know

Ever had that experience where you see a friend on the street and walk up to greet them, only to realize that they’re a complete stranger? Ever mistaken a total stranger for your crush or lover? What’s funny is that sometimes you realize they’re a stranger after you’ve greeted them and they’ve greeted you back. Even funnier is when …

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Understanding the freeze response

freeze response in deer

Many believe that our first reaction to stress or impending danger is the fight-or-flight response. But before we take flight or fight, we need some time to assess the situation and decide what the best course of action would be- to fight or to run away. This results in what is known as ‘the freeze response’ …

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Self-sabotage behavior explained

self-sabotage behavior

In this article, we discuss self-sabotage behavior, reasons why people engage in this behavior, and common examples of self-sabotaging behaviors. How many times do you hear people telling you, rather sanctimoniously, “Be yourself”? And to complete the famous Oscar Wilde quote, they add, “Everyone else is taken”. Let’s say you decide to heed the advice. …

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How TV influences your mind through hypnosis

Think about it: Will I be exaggerating if I say that a part of your behaviour and personality is shaped by the things that you see on the screen? Definitely not! It is naive to think that television is a harmless pastime activity that doesn’t affect your psyche in any way. Every thinking person knows that anything you expose your mind to, affects it. Your psyche is …

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The placebo effect in psychology

This article attempts to explain the famous placebo effect in psychology, throwing light on the historical background of the effect. You go to a doctor with a severe headache and fever. After examining you for a while, he gives you some shiny pills and asks you to take them every day after meals. He says …

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Trance state of mind explained

The goal of hypnosis is to program the mind of a person with a desired belief or a suggestion or a command. This is done by inducing a highly suggestible ‘trance state’ in the person in which he becomes highly receptive to ‘suggestions’ and his conscious resistance is greatly weakened, if not entirely turned off. …

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What causes identity crisis?

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This article will throw light on the concept of psychological identity, how it’s related to ego and the causes of identity crisis. We have many identities that we acquire from our past experiences and cultural backgrounds. These identities may be broadly classified as positive (the identities we like) and negative (the identities we dislike). For …

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