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Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors . [ 1 ] [ 2 ] Psychology has the immediate goal of understanding individuals and groups by both establishing general principles and researching specific cases, [ 3 ] [ 4 ] and by many accounts it ultimately aims to benefit society. [ 5 ] [ 6 ] In this field, a professional practitioner or researcher is called a psychologist and can be classified as a social , behavioral , or cognitive scientist . Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior , while also exploring the physiological and neurobiological processes that underlie certain cognitive functions and behaviors. Psychologists explore concepts such as perception , cognition , attention , emotion , phenomenology , motivation , brain functioning , personality , behavior , and interpersonal relationships .
Psychology encompasses a vast domain, and includes many different approaches to the study of mental processes and behavior. Below are the major areas of inquiry that comprise psychology. A comprehensive list of the sub-fields and areas within psychology can be found at the list of psychology topics and list of psychology disciplines .
Stress "forces all of us to say, 'Who's on my team? Are you my ally or are you an enemy?" says Thomas Bradbury, a clinical psychologist at the University of California-Los Angeles who has studied newlyweds since 1990. "Stress is a test, and you will learn very clearly from this test whether your relationship is strong or not." Even though about two-thirds of couples who marry live together first, Bradbury and other researchers say marriage changes a couple because society looks at them differently than cohabiters.
Dump the stereotype of the manly commitment-phobe. A new study finds that not only do men often say "I love you" first in relationships, they're often happier than women when they hear the three little words said to them. The bigger happiness boost comes when a woman confesses her love prior to the couple having sex, researchers reported in June in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
The Misconception: All buttons placed around you do your bidding. The Truth: Many public buttons are only there to comfort you. You press the doorbell button, you hear the doorbell ring. You press the elevator button, it lights up. You press the button on the vending machine, a soft drink comes rattling down the chute. Your whole life, you’ve pressed buttons and been rewarded.
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Educational Presentations : The Barnum Effect Educational Presentations : The Barnum Effect Educational Presentations : The Barnum Effect Yes, the Barnum effect has much to do with Phineas Taylor Barnum , the showman and founder of what became eventually the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus But before telling you what the Barnum effect is all about, let's do a quick test (less than 5 minutes) that will allow you to get a better insight in who you really are and how you function. For this test, I need some information about you.
By Anna Edwards UPDATED: 07:29 GMT, 11 August 2011 They may be charming, confident and climb the job ladder with ease, but when they reach the top, narcissists are actually not very good at their roles. Such people are often too self-obsessed to do their jobs properly, according to a study. Those who love themselves and have vast self-confidence often impress others with their self-belief, dominance and authority, leading them to climb the career ladder effortlessly.
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The end of 2010 fast approaches, and I'm thrilled to have been asked by the editors of Psychology Today to write about the Top 10 psychology studies of the year. I've focused on studies that I personally feel stand out, not only as examples of great science, but even more importantly, as examples of how the science of psychology can improve our lives. Each study has a clear "take home" message, offering the reader an insight or a simple strategy they can use to reach their goals , strengthen their relationships, make better decisions, or become happier. If you extract the wisdom from these ten studies and apply them in your own life, 2011 just might be a very good year. 1) How to Break Bad Habits
Step into any bar or party and it won't take you long to spot her. She's the woman with the ringing laugh, the daring clothes, the magnetic appeal that has drawn a circle of admirers around her. If the room were a solar system, she would be the sun—and at the outer reaches, you notice, are several other women seated quietly in her shadow. Why does this woman command all the attention?