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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.

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What Is the Effect of Long-Term Fandom?
teen girls laying on bed
What Is the Impact of Media on Girls' Mental Health?
kid playing a video game
What Is the Impact of Violent Media on Mental Health?
woman watching the news
How Does Propaganda Work?
Rear view of young Asian mother with a shopping cart grocery shopping for baby products in a supermarket. She is standing in front of the baby product aisle and have no idea which product to choose from
What Is the Illusion of Choice?
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Why Do We Enjoy Horror Movies?
Asian chinese women crying watching sad sentimental drama movie in cinema movie theater wiping teardrop with tissue paper.
Why Do We Like Sad Stories?
What Is Celebrity Worship?
During a counseling session, a serious female counselor gives important advice to a male patient.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): What to know
child watching tv
Can Children Understand the Difference Between Fantasy and Reality?
BIPOC woman looking at her phone
What Is Uses and Gratifications Theory in Media Psychology?
black woman reading on her bed
What Is Narrative Transportation?
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What Is Cultivation Theory in Media Psychology?
Handsome businessman using smart phone at home. Male professional is looking at mobile phone. He is working late
What Is Media Literacy?
Band performing live
What Is a Parasocial Relationship?
Human hand holding remote control changing Channels with television set.
What Is Media Psychology?
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The Four Fear Responses: Fight, Flight, Freeze, and Fawn
A young girls meets with a therapist to discuss her struggles, addictions and mental well being
What Is Adolescent Psychology?
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What Is Regression in Psychology?
Cut out hearts with different moral principles written on them.
What Are Moral Principles?
See-through photograph with man walking along a road.
What Is Associative Memory?
woman looking in the mirror
The Carol Gilligan Theory and a Woman's Sense of Self
looking into the distance and thinking
What Is the Illusion of Control?
Two happy women talking through the window
What Is the Proximity Principle in Psychology?
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What Is Pop Psychology?
Walking direction on asphalt
What Is The Difference Between Morality and Ethics?
Hands of woman discovering a treasure chest full of photographs and holding an old black and white photograph of a smiling woman standing on a balcony in Rome in 1960s.
How Context-Dependent Memory Works
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What Does It Mean to Pathologize Someone?
Hispanic couple holding hands in car
What Is Parallel Processing in Psychology?
What Is Adrenaline?
Shot of a young couple having an argument while sitting on their couch at home
Is Your Emotional Attachment Style Healthy?
Smiling parents looking at autistic son while sitting on sofa in living room
What Is Neurodiversity?
Upset woman sitting on sofa alone at home
What Is a Guilt Trip?
Unhappy Teenage Girl Being Gossiped About By Peers
What Is Triangulation in Psychology?
 Teenage girl in her bedroom on devices, showing a range of emotions including happiness and saddness
Why Do People Bully?
person using a smartphone
Why Do We Believe in Conspiracy Theories?
Talk therapy vs talking to a friend
Common Misconceptions About Therapy Cleared Up
Features that psychologists have found to be indicators of beauty
What Scientists Have to Say about Facial Beauty
Cancel Culture Concept
Cancel Culture and Its Mental Health Effects
Man sitting down reading a book.
What Is Conventional Wisdom?
male gaze
What Is the Male Gaze?
A frustrated person watching two friends having a conversation
The Mental Health Effects of Holding a Grudge
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What Is Prejudice?
holding hands in comfort.
What Does It Mean to Be an Empath?
Woman being defensive at work.
What Is Defensiveness?
Man looking sad while looking out the window.
What Is Shame?
Men prepare flowers for lovers. But his lover is with other people for others. Love concept
Are There Times It's Okay To Lie?
Depressed young man
10 Cognitive Distortions You'll Learn About in Therapy
Two friends talking.
How Does Reverse Psychology Work?
Woman standing with man behind her.
What Is Misogyny?
the chameleon effect
Everything You Should Know About the Chameleon Effect
Human anatomy scientific illustrations: Brain side view
Psychosurgery may be used to treat severe mental health disorders.
The Psychology of Cyberbullying
conspiracy theories
Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?
thinking illustration
What Happens to Your Body When You're Thinking?
traits of a psychopath
Could Someone I Know Be a Psychopath?
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How to Increase Your Endorphins
Individuals with Stockholm syndrome may feel bad for their captors.
Why Do Some Victims Develop Stockholm Syndrome?
Cults attract people with promises of rewarding them.
What Actually Constitutes a Cult?
uncanny valley
The Uncanny Valley: Why Realistic Robots Are Creepy