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Psychology

A History of Placebos and Their Regulations

February 25, 2019

For over 50 years, doctors have used placebos to cause real effects through fake cures. Placebos include pills, acupuncture and surgeries just to name a few. How have things changed with review boards and lawyers being involved? […]

Psychology

What Makes Us Human—Identifying a Universal Set of Emotions

September 28, 2018

When it comes to asking how we measure emotions, the first question we should probably address is whether or not there’s a basic, universal set of emotions across cultures. If so, which ones are they? Paul Eckman, addressed exactly this question of whether or not there are universal emotions, and if so, which ones. He decided to focus on facial expressions, given that across all cultures all individuals have the same facial musculature. […]

Psychology

Conscientiousness: The Big Five Personality Types Explained

April 13, 2018

The fourth member of the big five is the trait of conscientiousness, which reflects the degree to which people are responsible and dependable. Conscientiousness comes down to whether people usually do what they should, and whether they try to do it well. Of course, responsibly doing what one should depends on a number of separate characteristics, and most of these underlying attributes are part of conscientiousness. […]

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Psychology

Neuroticism: The Big Five Personality Types Explained

April 11, 2018

The second most important personality trait is usually called neuroticism, but because the word neuroticism has such negative connotations, many researchers now call it emotional stability. Whatever we call it, the central feature of neuroticism or emotional stability is the degree to which people experience negative emotions. […]

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Psychology

The Science Behind the Five Major Personality Types

April 8, 2018

The English language contains more than 3000 words that refer to personality characteristics of various kinds. So how have researchers isolated and defined five major personality types out of a pool of thousands? And what, exactly, is the difference between a personality type and a personality trait? […]

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Mental Health

Why Try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

March 20, 2018

We all have things we want to change about ourselves–whether we want to stop negative thinking, quit our bad habits, worry less, and enjoy more… But changing well-established patterns of behavior, reaction, and emotional response can seem impossible. However, one way to invoke lasting change in your life can be found with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). […]

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