Category Archives: Psychology

Extreme Political Attitudes are Difficult to Change for 5 Reasons

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Why is it that some people hold extreme political or religious attitudes? First, we need to understand the nature of such attitudes. Here are two quotes, which I think, emphasize it:

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Can Evolution Explain Why Women Become Attracted by Some Men Over Others?

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What makes a man attractive?

Why is it that women prefer some men over others? I guess that many people, especially men, want to know this. In this article, I sum up the evolutionary theory of  sexual selection, and in this context, I consider the findings of recent psychological research. So, can evolution explain mate preferences? Read on.
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The Focusing-Effect: Why We End Up Making the Wrong Decisions

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Making the right decisions is difficult for many reasons. The focusing-effect is one of them.

When we make decisions, we often get very focused on certain aspects of the decision. This article describes this tendency (=the focusing-effect) in detail and the research surrounding it. Continue reading

Why Do People Shop Impulsively?

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What can explain a person’s tendency to shop impulsively? Personality, gender, age, and sensitivity to reward may explain it, research shows.

A study by Bratko and colleagues (2013) examined the relationship between personality and impulsive shopping. The study shows that personality can explain at least some of the difference in impulsive shopping behaviour. Continue reading

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A Life Course Metaphor (Quote)

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The Fine Distinction Between Personality Disorders and Clinical Syndromes (DSM-IV)

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How are personality disorders different from clinical syndromes? I have tried to sum up some general, historical assumptions on this issue.

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Gender-Typed Behaviors are Linked to Depressive Symptoms, Low Self-Esteem, and Poor Friendship Quality in Boys

Gender-typed behaviors (GT) and stereotypes are common. For example, boys play with automobiles and girls play with dulls, and these behaviors are related to boy and girl identities, respectively.

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What is the Self and How is it Formed? 3 Very Different Theories Try to Explain it

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To know oneself (or one’s self) is in fact a life long project. We spend a huge amount of time to get to know people and hereafter we analyze them in order to make sense of what they are doing, and why they are doing so. Continue reading