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Does Multiple Personality Disorder Exist?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Disorders, Featured | 0 comments

Does Multiple Personality Disorder Exist?

Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) has been a highly controversial disorder throughout the years shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. It has been sensationalised by the media creating misconceptions and confusion. MPD is now known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and is a real disorder affecting approximately 1-5% of the general population, although the prevalence is somewhat disputed.   DID is a disorder that has fascinated, shocked, horrified and intrigued the world. There are five criteria according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fifth...

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How Reliable is Your Memory?

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Featured, Ground-Breaking Experiments | 0 comments

How Reliable is Your Memory?

Loftus and Palmer conducted an experiment in 1974 entitled, “Reconstruction of Automobile Destruction: An Example of the Interaction between Language and Memory.” They wanted to investigate how memories of an event were affected by information gained after the event took place. Loftus and Palmer conducted two experiments both of which will be outlined below.   Experiment #1:   Forty five American students consisted of the sample for the first experiment. There were five conditions. Each participant was placed in one condition. They all watched seven films of traffic accidents...

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Everything you need to know about Narcissism

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Disorders, Featured | 0 comments

Everything you need to know about Narcissism

Narcissus stared at his beautiful reflection glittering in the pool of water below him. It sparkled with radiance in the sunlight. Mesmerised by his own beauty he remained at the pond side until eventually he wasted away and his body was no more. All that was left was a narcissus flower which bends its elegant stem so that it can bathe in the beauty of its reflection on the shimmering water’s surface.   According to the Merriam Webster dictionary definition, narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is “a personality disorder characterized especially by an exaggerated sense of...

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Find your Flow

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Featured, Positive Psychology | 0 comments

Find your Flow

Although the concept of flow is a relatively simple one, actually achieving this state may be more challenging than it seems. This article explains what flow is, what the differences between active engagement and passive pleasure are and what you can do to enhance your experience of flow in your daily life.   What is flow? According to Wikipedia flow is, “the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.” If this definition is broken down, we can see...

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Cognitive Dissonance and Decision Making

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Featured, Theories | 0 comments

Cognitive Dissonance and Decision Making

How do we make decisions? Are we always in control of the decisions we make or are there other factors beyond our conscious awareness coming into play?   Cognitive dissonance occurs when two conflicting thoughts are held simultaneously. This usually creates anxiety and feelings of discomfort. The aim of the brain is to reduce this sense of unease. The brain does this by rationalising away irrational behaviours and thoughts. For example, let’s say there is an employee of a company who dislikes his job but knows that it is a safe job. Disliking the job yet staying in the job creates...

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The Nuts and Bolts behind Procrastination

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Featured, Lifestyle | 0 comments

The Nuts and Bolts behind Procrastination

Everyone procrastinates. There’s no disputing it. When deadlines are fast approaching who hasn’t switched on the TV or opened Facebook and scrolled for hours to put off completing the task at hand? There is a difference, however, between procrastinating occasionally and procrastinating chronically.   There has been a great deal of research into the psychology behind procrastination. Results of empirical studies have shown that personality traits, mood and cognition are behind procrastinating. For instance, psychologist Piers Steel claims that people who do not procrastinate tend to...

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