Cognitive Behavioral Theory (Explained)

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“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.” – Epictetus The above quote captures the essence of Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT). Cognition refers to thinking. Cognitive Behavioural Theory talks about how cognition shapes behavior and vice versa. There’s a third component to the theory- feelings. CBT explains how …

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5 Reasons for fundamental attribution error

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Do you know what’s the single biggest factor causing problems in relationships? It’s a phenomenon called fundamental attribution error based on a Social Psychology theory called Attribution Theory. Before we talk about the reasons for fundamental attribution error, let’s properly understand what it means. Consider the following scenario: Sam: What’s the matter with you?Rita: It …

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Gaslighting in psychology (Meaning, process & signs)

what is gaslighting

Gaslighting someone means manipulating their perception of reality so that they begin to question their own sanity. The manipulation is so effective that a person being gaslighted comes to doubt their ability to perceive reality and recall events from memory accurately. Simply put, person A perceives something about person B who denies it and accuses …

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5 Different types of dissociation

This article will explore what dissociation means in psychology and then briefly go over the different types of dissociation. Lastly, we’ll touch on the connection between dissociation and trauma. Imagine how people react when tragedy strikes, be it a death in the family, a natural disaster, a terror attack, anything. Let’s take the example of …

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Theory of neurotic needs

Neurosis generally refers to a mental disorder that is characterized by feelings of anxiety, depression, and fear that are disproportionate to the circumstances of a person’s life but not completely incapacitating. In this article, however, we’ll look at neurosis from the psychoanalytic perspective. It states that neurosis is the result of mental conflict. This article is based …

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Subconscious priming in psychology

Priming in psychology is a phenomenon that occurs when exposure to a stimulus influences our thoughts and behavior in response to another succeeding stimulus. When this happens on a subconscious level, it’s called subconscious priming. In simpler words, when you’re exposed to a piece of information, it has a potential of influencing your response to a …

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How to reduce cognitive dissonance

Simply put, cognitive dissonance is the inability of the human mind to hold two conflicting ideas or beliefs. The confusion and uncertainty caused by the presence of two conflicting ideas make the mind unstable. Since our mind constantly seeks stability, it does what it can to reduce cognitive dissonance. A cognitively dissonant state of mind …

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How we understand the world (Duality of mind)

Duality is an essential feature of the human mind. Our mind makes use of duality to understand the world, to make sense of it. Had our mind not been dual, I don’t think we could ever possibly describe the world around us. There would be no language, no words, no measurements, nothing. The mind is …

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What is meant by psychological stability?

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This article will explore the concept of psychological stability and explain how some of our behaviours can be understood in the light of psychological stability. Almost every system in the world interacts with some other system so that stability is attained. Every phenomenon that occurs in nature is a result of energy exchanges between two …

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Belief systems as subconscious programs

beliefs as subconscious programs

Your belief systems that have a major impact on your thoughts and actions are like subconscious programs. If your level of awareness isn’t high, you probably don’t even know they exist, let alone how they’re influencing you. Even if you know nothing about psychology and human behavior, understanding the concept of a belief system will …

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