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What is the difference between having a crush on someone and loving someone?

What is the difference between having a crush on someone and loving someone? What is the psychological basis of this?
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Is there a correlation between people who frequently laugh at their own jokes and narcissism?

It is not uncommon for people to laugh at their own jokes. One comedian discusses how he uses this as a benchmark for whether or not a joke is going to be funny for the audience. Psychology Today ...
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What drives civilization? [closed]

Fossil record indicates humanity arose on the African Continent - in/around Gauteng. Yet the oldest civilizations on record are far afield - Ebla, Mesopotamia What drives civilization? Why is the ...
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Disappointment When Goal Fulfilment is Delayed

I am wondering if there's a term in psychology for a situation where you want something really bad, but you are not able to get it for the moment (or a goal that you are not able to achieve) and when ...
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Scientific term for people who value following the rules

What is the psychological term for people who believe that: they have strong rights that others should be nice that others should respect unwritten rules that others should not lie They believe ...
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Is there a scientific definition of “fairness”?

The concept of fairness, in my opinion, is somehow defined by the concept of empathy through some searches by Daniel Goleman in his book Social Intelligence. The book deals with scientific ...
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Are there international differences on how people react when they are guilty of something?

I talked about this with a friend: he told me that there are differences on how people react when they are accused of something. He mentioned that in some countries, people try to avoid it at any ...
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Could the basis of love be the expectation of a future benefit?

Say you meet an attractive person of the opposite gender (or of the same gender, as the case may be). You are attracted to this person because of one or more salient qualities, intelligence, ...
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How many sparring partners should I choose for the most effective motivation in the gym?

Question is simple. Will I be more motivated with one good friend or with a group of the same interested people during group exercise? Does group size affect our internal motivation? (starting by ...
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Can a strong lack of empathy be considered a disorder?

Premise from Wikipedia: More recently, popular science writer and Psychologist Daniel Goleman has drawn on social neuroscience research to propose that social intelligence is made up of social ...
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How to interpret HLM analyses looking at work group and individual worker effects?

Liden et al (2004, PDF) is an example of a study examining employees in work groups in an organisation. Thus, measures are obtained of both individual workers and of the work groups that they belong ...
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How can we define “sanity” across cultures? [migrated]

I have witness the following scene in my childhood : A group of tribe people abducted a newborn baby from a village close to the forest they lived in. The purpose of the abduction was to sacrifice ...
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What's the difference between injunctive norms and descriptive norms?

I can't seem to understand the difference. From wikipedia Injunctive norms involve perceptions of which behaviors are typically approved or disapproved They assist an individual in determining ...
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Can observing a composite photo of one's own face have an impact on own personality?

A while back I created an iPhone app that helps me create a composite like the one below. Can observing such a composite have an impact of attributing the qualities perceived in the composite to ...
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Can we explain the tendency of investors dollar cost averaging in terms of loss aversion?

For those unfamiliar with the term Dollar cost averaging (DCA) is an investment strategy for reducing the impact of volatility on large purchases of financial assets such as equities. By ...
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What causes someone to scapegoat?

What is the psychological mechanism which triggers scapegoating? What emotions cause someone to blame an individual for something which was a group effort? Like in a family when a certain child is ...
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The propensity of sexuality to be a taboo subject

Social norms vary between cultures and have throughout history. In most societies, the expression of sexuality is demonised to a certain extent. This is apparent in the shame brought to people ...
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Are armed offenders ready to use their weapons?

Are there any statistics about what proportion of armed attackers are willing to hurt or kill as opposed only using their weapons as a threat? E.g. There were cases when a self-confident victim ...
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Social proof vs herd behavior [closed]

Could you, please, explain the difference between social proof and herd behavior, if such exists. For me, they are the same.
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Are job roles wrongly downplayed based on the perception of who is performing them?

This could apply to any number of roles, but the one I had in mind was "secretary." In say, the Middle Ages, a secretary was always a man, and handled the correspondence, (and much of the other ...
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How have sex differences in reproductive payoffs affected male and female relationship styles?

Pregnancy and the ensuing years of dependency of the child upon the woman, can leave a woman vulnerable physically, emotionally and financially. I think that biologically, pregnancy has no affect on ...
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Brainwave audio recordings and beta waves: how do they affect positivity?

I know a little bit about negative and positive energies of human bodies and how it all works. Recently, on Facebook, I saw an ad promoting some sort of audio recording and that it has something to do ...
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Why do women feel odd when males stare at them?

I want to know why a woman feels something odd when a male stares at them. I have tried this on many girls. Some feel irritated , some became angry, and some even leave the room. What causes these ...
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Do we negatively perceive people who wear glasses?

Do we negatively perceive people who wear glasses? If so, why? Is it cultural stereotypes, a simple case of homophily, or is there more to it?
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Increasing the quantity of something which is initially good will always lead to an excess?

Take this sentence from a psychological article on wikipedia about the comfort zone: However, White (2009) also observes that if the work of Robert Yerkes (1907) is considered in which he ...
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Does neuroticism cause people to hurt others?

Is neuroticism related to harming others? Is neuroticism related to increased criminal behaviour? And in this case, would it be useful to coach / help a neurotic person through psychotherapy?
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The psychology of patriotism, dying for one's own country [closed]

There was an old Latin motto, "Dulce et decorum est, pro partria morii," which roughly translates into: "It is a sweet and beautiful thing to die for one's country." I used to think that this was a ...
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How to change someone's beliefs?

I tried to change my brother's beliefs. He gets motivated by some bad ideas. Following my attempt to change his beliefs, his beliefs have become even stronger.
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Why do people blame others rather than take responsibility?

In business classes we are told to be responsible and take responsibility for our action. Get mugged? Well, lock your door next time. That sort of thing. But that's not how most humans behave. Humans ...
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How objective are scientific measures of paraphilia?

Paraphilia (from Greek para = beside and -philia = friendship, meaning love) describes the experience of intense sexual arousal to highly atypical objects, situations, or individuals. Which ...
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Are there studies on the evasion of characterization?

Sometimes I see people that perform some kind of activity, which could entitle something to them and when the entitlement is made, they refuse being called that way - they prefer to avoid ...
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Sense of time: Evaluation and correlation with psychological traits and states

Some of us are often in hurry and always late. Some make mistakes while evaluating time-needs for tasks. How is our sense of time connected with our personality? Is it more correlated with the process ...
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How and why can movies take us out of our everyday physical reality and into a fantasy world?

Have you ever experienced that feeling after watching a really great movie (somewhat like a dramatic one) that after watching the movie, you got carried away? Even though the movie ended well in a ...
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Women in red-lipstick/darker shades?

Can an observer of women in red lipstick or more darker shades interpret anything related to their psychology?
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What causes behavioural inhibition?

There are obvious consequences that prevent people from behaving anti-socially or criminally. However there are many behaviours that are within the bounds of social norms, yet there seems to be some ...
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Master Thesis Pilot Test [closed]

I'm a Master Student in Cognitive Science, and I'm currently working in a pilot test for a Master Thesis project. I would like you to complete short survey (5-7 minutes, following link). Your help ...
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How do we now that someone is staring at us? [duplicate]

Everyone has that ability that they come to know whenever someone is staring at anyone. So my question is that can anyone explain in non-medical terms that how do we know when someone is staring at ...
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What is the actual name of the condition where one has the absolute desire to be in a group?

Is the following a medical condition by itself, and if so what is could be its name? If not, how can it be described? There are 3 groups in a set of people (...
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Is there a formal name for the “love” of arguing?

Most of people drop discussion easily. Some others don't. As if they would like to argue. They feel that they have to demonstrate something. Is there a formal trait to describe people who enjoy ...
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Why do humans enjoy watching things they pine to experience and possess?

It's quite observable that humans tend to enjoy watching* things that they don't possess or haven't experienced, but wish to. They tend to derive pleasure and enjoyment by watching and talking about ...
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What makes some criminals glamorous to others?

Some murderers are glamorized by society while others labeled monsters. In both cases, they can commit the same terrible crimes and cause the same amounts of pain - yet one can be romanticized the ...
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Research on people turning around to look back when walking away

When people say goodbye and walk away from each other, either the person will just walk away without looking back or they will look back. Looking back would appear to be a normal thing for people who ...
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Can reason with situation be considered an object in activity theory?

Wikipedia gives a good explanation of how activity theory works. I have a query for finding an object in an activity. The object is the objective of the system. Can reason with situation be ...
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The effects of casual sex on men

There is a lot of research citing that men are more physically primed for sex than women. The following article discusses this difference and other differences of strength and vulnerabilities between ...
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Can laughter help a person influence another person, especially when appearing harmless?

While watching TV, I noticed an old TV show - particularly, George Lopez on Nick at nite - playing. This show consisted of a family doing certain things. Of course, this can be ingrained in the ...
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How is individual morality linked to psychological profiling?

This is the third in a series of question about morality. The first question : Which morals are universal across the species? The second question: What is the psychology of morality? How can an ...
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What is the psychology of morality?

This is the second question in a series of three questions on morality. The first question Which morals are universal across the species? The third question How is individual morality linked to ...
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Everybody thinks everyone's doing it, so they do it, and everyone ends up doing it [closed]

I'm on mobile, can't say much. But is there a term to describe such reasoning.
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Modern name for the two kind of ethics proposed by Nietzche

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master%E2%80%93slave_morality Nietzsche argued that there were two fundamental types of morality: 'Master morality' and 'slave morality'. Slave morality ...
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How would a masochist experience rape?

To quote wikipedia Masochism involves receiving of pleasure—often sexual—from acts involving the .. reception of pain or humiliation. How would a masochist experience rape? Would they find it any ...