A Brief Overview of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological disorder that might occur after someone has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. Only a small number of people who have experienced a trauma actually develops PTSD. It is estimated that the majority of people have experienced at least one traumatic event by the age of 45. Continue reading

The Rationale for Adopting an Infant as Early as Possible: Considering Attachment Theory

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According to the developmental psychologist John Bowlby, the young infant develops its selective attachment when it is about 6 months old. Before this period, the child will mostly appreciate the security and comfort of an attachment figure.

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Rural-Urban Variations in Mental Illness

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An epidemiological study of 94 counties in the US showed that people living in cities had a 17% greater chance of developing either mild psychological distress or serious psychological distress compared with people living in more rural places (Dhingra et al., 2009). Continue reading

8 Psychological Mechanisms that Enable People to Hurt Others (The Psychology of Evilness)

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Have you ever wondered how people can live with themselves after having done something terrible to others? Read on.

It seems like most people are capable of doing harm to others, as shown in Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiment. However, self-reports have also revealed that obeying to hurt others may lead to feelings of anxiety, guilt and agitation. Continue reading

The Psychometric Quality of a Psychological Test

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Testing is the cornerstone of psychological research.

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