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An Introduction to Psychology

Familiarize yourself with the basic theories and methods found in psychology and learn how they can play a big role in your daily life and your relationships with loved ones.

Woman with big smile during exercise.
How to Increase Your Endorphins
Individuals with Stockholm syndrome may feel bad for their captors.
What Is Stockholm Syndrome?
Cults attract people with promises of rewarding them.
What Is a Cult?
Artist Sadie Clayton (R) is seen with "Ai-Da", the first ultra-realistic robot artist.
What Is the Uncanny Valley?
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What Are Character Strengths?
Divorce Support Group
The 7 Best Online Divorce Support Groups of 2021
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Difference between quantitative and qualitative research
Woman having negative medication side effects
Nocebo Effect: How Negative Thinking Influence Health
Woman writing a list.
How the Primacy Effect Can Help You in Your Life
Interference of similar memories
What Is Interference in Psychology?
Woman with negative thoughts
Negative Bias: Why We're Hardwired for Negativity
Mental illness isn't always what you think.
Mental Illness Types, Symptoms, and Diagnosis
internal and external validity
Understanding Internal and External Validity
Researchers looking at video screens.
What Are the Research Domain Criteria?
hands untangling threads in man's head
What Is Psychology?
Woman thinking at kitchen table
Lethologica or Tip of the Tongue Phenomenon
Lonely child sitting on play park playground bench
Reactive Attachment Disorder: Definition, Symptoms, Traits, Causes, Treatment
Young woman listening to music while commuting
The Surprising Psychological Benefits of Music
USA, New Jersey, Woman sitting on sofa and playing acoustic guitar
Sure-Fire Tricks for Learning Something New
Therapist reviews patient's case
An Overview of Psychopathology
Girl with glasses and colorful code on her face.
How Does the ICD-11 Compare to the DSM-5?
Smaller parts of the brain
How Does Reductionism Work in Psychology?
Woman using digital tablet on window sill
What Is a Nervous Breakdown?
Sigmund Freud reading at his desk
Sublimation in Behavioral Psychology
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What Externalizing Means in Psychiatry
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Why Some Disorders Are Not Found in the DSM-5
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What Is Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder?
What is naturalistic observation?
Naturalistic Observation in Psychology
Students Studying
How a Normative Group Works in Psychology
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Brief History of Modern Psychology
row of empty chairs in waiting room
Wait List Control Groups in Psychology Experiments
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10 Ways Psychology Can Help You Live a Better Life
Fully functioning person
Key Characteristics of a Fully Functioning Person
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Psychological Crisis Types and Causes
Female college student conducting scientific experiment in science laboratory classroom
Simple Experiments in Scientific Research
A woman holding a pill
What Is the Placebo Effect?
Filling in answer bubbles
Reliability and Consistency in Psychometrics
Spontaneous recovery of a response
Spontaneous Recovery in Psychology
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The Role of Meta-Analysis in Scientific Studies
Female therapist talking to couple in couples therapy session
Role and Training of a Clinical Psychologist
Mental Health Organizations
Leading Mental Health Charities & Organizations
Woman in mental institute
Halloween Depictions of Mental Illness Add to Stigma
Woman experiencing catharsis
Catharsis and Its Role in Psychology
Eyewitness testimony can be enough to convict.
Can You Trust Eyewitness Testimony?
Children with attachment disorders resist comforting.
What Is an Attachment Disorder?
Signing informed consent
Informed Consent in Psychology
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10 Great Psychology Gift Ideas
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Types of Psychiatric Disorders
Empty classroom
Borderline Intellectual Functioning Overview
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The History and Purpose of Duty to Warn in Therapy
Rorschach Test, black ink
Rorschach Inkblot Psychological Test
doctor reading DSM-5
DSM-5: New DSM Edition Sparks Controversy in Some Areas
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Mechanism of Action in Healthcare
Why Do Young People Commit Murder??
Therapists rule out various mental health issues when they meet with teens.
Ruling out Conditions for a Mental Health Diagnosis
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Prognosis and Diagnosis in Mental Health
mental disorder symptoms
5 Axes of the DSM-IV Multi-Axial System
Body Integrity Identity Disorder
stacked televisions
How the Stigma of Mental Health Is Spread by Mass Media
Father and son having argument
How to Know When Your Teen Needs Clinical Intervention