Category Archives: Psychology

Cognitive Dissonance: Why We Lie to Ourselves

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We “lie” to ourselves as we like our thoughts to be consonant.

The cognitive dissonance theory was coined by Leon Festinger (1957). Festinger suggests that our thoughts can show three relationships Continue reading

3 Principles to be More Self-Compassionate

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Feel more compassion for yourself and others.

Self-compassion involves acknowledging that suffering and failure are a part of the human condition, and that all people are worthy of compassion. The concept of self-compassion has its roots in Eastern Buddhist philosophy. Continue reading

4 Ways Mindfulness Meditation Improves Well-Being

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Mindfulness training develops our ability to stay focused in the here and now.

This post describes four main components through which mindfulness meditation works. If you ever wondered why mindfulness is so effective in improving personal well-being, you might want to continue your reading. Continue reading

Even A Fish Can Learn (Aquarium Experiment of Classical Conditioning)

This short video shows how my aquarium fish learned to associate food with the sound of a feeder through classical conditioning. Continue reading

Most People Care About Animals So How Can They Eat Them?

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Most people care about animals, but they also eat them. How can we eat something that we care about? How do people avoid this paradox? Continue reading

20 Key Theories in Psychology

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Here is a handpicked selection of key theories in psychology that you need to know about. If there is one theory you haven’t heard about, check it out and broaden your general psychology knowledge.  Continue reading

Does Confidence in Your Memory Mean That You Are Correct?

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The accuracy of an eyewitness’ memory is open to question. 

Confidence in one’s memory is generally believed to be a sign of memory accuracy, but this is not always the case. Some studies have shown a high correlation between confidence and accuracy, while others have shown little to no correlation. Continue reading

Connect With Nature, See Its Beauty, and Improve Your Well-Being, Research Shows

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. – William Shakespeare

Connectedness with nature has been associated with greater well-being, but how exactly does connectedness with nature improve well-being?  Continue reading