What is cognitive dissonance? Cognitive dissonance can be summarized as a clash between two sets of conflicting beliefs, thus causing anxiety and discomfort. It is very difficult to hold on to two separate and contrasting beliefs simultaneously and when this happens we try to automatically make changes in order to reduce or eliminate the feelings […]
What does ego syntonic vs. ego dystonic mean? Ego syntonic and ego dystonic are both terms used by psychologists: ego syntonic refers to behaviors, feelings and values that are in harmony with one’s own self image, whereas ego dystonic refers to behaviors and thoughts that are in conflict with one’s ideal self image.
Anyone who is a science fiction fan will probably understand the concept of assimilation: there are many stories and plot lines involving the ‘assimilation’ of one species by another. When taken in this context, to be assimilated means to be absorbed or incorporated into something else. So when the Borg assimilated humans, they basically ‘absorbed’ […]
Perceptual reasoning measures the subject’s ability to find relationships between non verbal stimuli and as well as testing their reasoning skills.
It is considered to be a useful indicator of general intelligence and problem solving skills.
The fear of crowds is called Agoraphobia and it is defined as an anxiety disorder related to open spaces, crowds, or uncontrolled social conditions. A distressing disorder, in severe cases of agoraphobia sufferers can eventually become housebound, unable to venture outside their home for fear of suffering an uncontrollable panic attack. Agoraphobia is one of […]
What is group polarization? Group polarization is an interesting phenomenon whereby the decisions and opinions of people become more extreme when they are in a group setting, but in order to fully understand the phenomenon, it helps to study a group polarization example. Where did the study of group polarization first originate? Group polarization as […]
What is social facilitation and what are some good social facilitation examples? Social facilitation is the tendency for people to perform much better when under the gaze of an audience. This is known as the “audience effect”. The same effect is observed when a simple task is performed in the company of others: this is […]
To find a sexual prowess definition, you would have to look through a variety of different sources as no two definitions would be the same. For example, the Urban Dictionary defines sexual prowess as “being damn good at what you do and able to do it for a long time”, but put in less crude […]