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Solomon Asch’s Experiment on Conformity

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Featured, Solomon Asch's Conformity Experiment | 1 comment

Solomon Asch’s Experiment on Conformity

Solomon Asch, an American psychologist, conducted what is now considered a classic experiment in social psychology about conformity.   Asch told the participants that the purpose of the experiment was to test one’s visual abilities. The real purpose was to test levels of conformity in group situations. There was a group of eight participants in each trial; however, seven of these were confederates, meaning that they knew the real purpose of the experiment but they pretended to be participants. The group was then given two images. One was an image of three lines of varying length and...

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Anorexia Nervosa: The Deadly Addiction

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Anorexia, Featured | 0 comments

Anorexia Nervosa: The Deadly Addiction

Anorexia Nervosa is one of the deadliest psychological disorders. Without treatment, one in five sufferers will die. Ninety percent of anorexics are female, mostly in their teens. In countries with high economic status, approximately one out of every 100 adolescent girls has anorexia.   What is the personality type of an anorexic? Anorexics tend to be perfectionists and high achieving. Although they may excel in their studies or activities, they rarely acknowledge their merits and are constantly plagued by fear and doubt. Self-confidence and self-esteem tend to be quite low and fragile...

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Is your love life affected by pornography addiction?

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Featured, Pornography | 0 comments

Is your love life affected by pornography addiction?

Pornography addiction. Is it a serious concern? When healthy men in their 20’s describe their inability to perform as ‘normal,’ I think it’s safe to say that porn is a problem.   Both men and women are victims of the hyper-sexualized culture porn presents. Pornography is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable for everyone.  It’s just a click away. This is affecting how men and women engage in real life relationships and sexual encounters. Porn not only objectifies women but it gives the impression that sexual intercourse is OK with ‘no strings attached.’ Women...

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Liberation vs. Equality?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Featured, Feminism | 0 comments

Liberation vs. Equality?

What do women want? Has women’s liberation even begun? Is feminism helping or hindering women? All of these important questions deserve answers. That’s where Danielle Crittenden, an author and journalist, Germaine Greer, an academic, and Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, come in.   There are a set of beliefs, according to Crittenden, that are designed to dictate how women ought to live. The tenets of which are that we should put everything into our careers while postponing marriage and having children. We should not trust marriage and what it stands for. We should also pursue the...

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Is the internet destroying our attention span?

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Featured, Internet & Attention Span | 6 comments

Is the internet destroying our attention span?

Simply put, yes. The average attention span is five minutes. Ten years ago, it used to be 12 minutes. How can our attention span be less than half of what it used to be? What’s changed? The answer is… the internet. The internet is ever present in our society. Nowadays, you can be connected anywhere at any time to speedy internet services.   The internet has undoubtedly changed our lives. It has made information accessible to everyone. The benefits of the internet are huge. Do they outweigh the negative aspects though? We are a generation that is constantly checking our phones,...

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The Dark Triad

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Featured, The Dark Triad | 0 comments

The Dark Triad

Psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism. Three personality types which in isolation are bad enough, but in combination are utterly toxic. The dark triad is the term used to describe the combination of these three dark traits.   The psychopath is aggressive, callous and lacks remorse and empathy. They get their way through their superficial charming manner.  The narcissist has a grandiose self-view, sense of entitlement and complete self-absorption.  Their egotism knows no bounds. They use ingratiating tactics and phoney compliments to get what they want. The Machiavellian overtly...

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