Psychology's Diverse Disciplines
Psychology extends beyond therapy. It encompasses numerous disciplines including neuropsychology, forensic psychology, and health psychology, each focusing on distinct aspects of human behavior and mind.
Cognitive Biases Unveiled
Humans often fall prey to cognitive biases, such as confirmation bias, where they favor information confirming existing beliefs. These biases highlight the flaws in our decision-making processes.
Dream Analysis: Freud's Insight
Sigmund Freud's dream analysis suggested that dreams are a window into our unconscious mind, revealing desires and emotions we're unaware of during waking life.
Bystander Effect Phenomenon
The bystander effect is a social psychological phenomenon where individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when other people are present, often due to diffusion of responsibility.
Memory's Reconstructive Nature
Memory isn't a perfect recording; it's reconstructive. Each recall can alter a memory, and misinformation can integrate into these memories, affecting their accuracy over time.
Attachment Theory's Revelations
John Bowlby's attachment theory revolutionized understanding of early child development, showing long-term effects of the bonding process between infants and their primary caregivers on future relationships.
Mirror Neurons: Empathy's Roots
Mirror neurons fire when we perform actions or when we witness others doing the same, facilitating empathy and learning by imitation. This discovery has profound implications for understanding social behavior.