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Is low self esteem pushing person toward maximizing (instead of being easily satisfied)

See the answer to this question: Is there a term that describes the personality trait of always desiring more? Schwartz and colleagues (2002) have proposed that people fall into two groups: ...
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How does psychoanalytic theory explain the way in which projection works?

According to psychoanalytic theory, people sometimes defend against their own unwanted motives, conflicts, and behavioral tendencies by identifying them and decrying them in other people. This has ...
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Body acceptance: is there a gender bias?

I tried to google for female body self esteem statistic. It seem that on a statistic basis women tend to see themselves as not being enough. I wonder if there are evidence that this problem is ...
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Negative thing vs planning if something gone wrong [on hold]

Most of the time I am planing what should I do if something gone wrong. But my gf says that I am a negative thinker. She is correct?
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Why do some people react verbally to intrusive thoughts and/or embarrassing memories?

It seems to me that there are two kinds of intrusive thoughts. The first consists of those thoughts that didn't actually occur in real life, but are nonetheless intrusive and embarrassing and ...
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Why are people biased against overweight people?

Several studies have shown that alot of people are biased to underestimate\undervalue overweight people: ...
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Which theories explain that given a choice of hard and easy tasks one would pick the easy one?

Which theories deal with cost benefit analysis? For example, given a binary choice of hard and easy tasks (eg. Picking low hanging fruit, stealing what is not bolted down, cheating on a test, taking a ...
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Is there a term that describes the personality trait of always desiring more?

I see this kind of trait in some of the people who fear the commitment (in a marriage) since they don't want to have to renounce their vows when their feelings toward their spouses change. I see this ...
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Denial of evidence and reason [duplicate]

Some people form a belief and become absolutely resistant to any contrary evidence or reasoning. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence, these people stick to their beliefs. I'm pretty sure this is ...
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Correlation between anorexia and mass media stereotypes

I know anorexia is a complex phenomenon. I've been reading on Wikipedia that: Sociocultural studies have highlighted the role of cultural factors, such as the promotion of thinness as the ideal ...
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Can a person be hypnotized to act drunk?

I was wondering if a person could be hypnotized to act drunk? That is, can a person totally lose all his inhibitions while in hypnosis (similar to being drunk)?
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Why being ignored is 'painful' for human beings?

Ignoring someone is a manipulatory technique used at times. Ignoring the attacks of someone else through emotional detachment has a very strong effect on the attacker. Is there a name for this kind ...
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Is there an open-source / free official Myers-Briggs assessment I can adopt?

Background I've got an idea for a web site that uses one's Myers-Briggs type as part of the value. I've seen various web sites offer "quick quizzes" to assess one's MBTI, but I'm not sure how ...
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Technical term for the displaying of 'bad' traits to seem more likeable

What is the technical name for the public display of personal traits that are unproductive or unhealthy as an attempt to make oneself seem more likeable or relatable? (e.g procrastination)
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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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Books about trust

Could you recommend me some books that cover trust and how it is developed, what helps us build trust and why we might or might not need it. I am not interested in the relationship self-help books ...
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How to foster an environment for appreciation

I'm a teacher at a highschool and currently we've been working on projects that are supposed to make the kids appreciate those around them especially the other teachers and workers at the school. ...
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Categorization of Lewin's Work

I'm trying to categorize Kurt Lewin's work, specifically his force field model and his three-step model of change. From what I read, he was strongly influenced by the Gestaltists and he's considered ...
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Peer relationships measurement

Is there a method for measuring peer relationships in university students (e.g., a questionnaire)? I am looking for a questionnaire that can be used to asses the level of peer relationship among ...
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Identify influencers in a small group

If you are unfamiliar with the theory of influencers, the basic idea is that there are a certain number of people who have the ability to direct the opinions of their group. Is there a general way to ...
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Understanding the difference between empathy and need for social contact in this article on empathetic voles

So I saw this interesting article titled, “Consoling Voles Hint at Animal Empathy.” The basic idea stated is if voles have a relationship, and are then separated and one of the voles sees the other ...
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Do school teachers demand more from their children than other students?

Lets assume that there is a group of students and one teacher (typical school situation). Child of the teacher is in that group. Is there any evidence, that school teachers demand more from their ...
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Do bullies pick on sociopaths?

As a percentage of their endeavours, do those with a tendency to use bullying focus more or less on sociopaths as a per capita of their targets?
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Do we pick partner most similar to opposite-sex parent?

Do we pick partner most similar to opposite-sex parent? Do men pick life partner who is similar to their mother? Does it apply to women too? By similar, I mean mostly character/mental features. I dont ...
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Is there a research on corelation between honesty and success?

Did anyone do a research on corelation between honesty and success, establishing individual's honesty through a provocative experiment and comparing it with his/her salary amount, satisfaction of ...
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Why did Karl Popper criticize Freud's theories?

Why didn't Karl Popper accept Freud's psychological theories and believed that they are not scientific in essence?
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Why do people say they hate drama?

On social sites sometimes people will state, "I hate drama!", as if to say "if you cause drama, please go away." My theory is the people who say this, in fact, actually like drama... as evidenced by ...
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Does this area51 proposal suits cogsci topic? [migrated]

I've created a proposal in area51 for concrete social conflict resolution. This is not about theory of resolutions but about resolutions of real life conflicts. But I'm in doubt, perhaps this type of ...
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How are our tastes created?

Is there a scientific explanation of one's aesthetic preferences? Why do they differ from one person to another? Are they the results of one's culture and social interactions? Any reference would be ...
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Is self-infallibility a mental disorder?

I realize all people have various and complex biases, and that we all get into arguments from time to time. However, I've known one or two people who seemed abnormally resistant to suggestions that ...
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Interpretation of results on the studies of “Moral Hypocrisy”

Hello right now I am dealing with the studies of C.Daniel Batson, who provided several studies and experiments to reveal moral hypocrisy. I think that I understand the basic idea of his theory, ...
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humans are naturally slightly fanatic - but what causes extreme fanatisism? Are there studies in that direction?

according to Daniel Kahneman's "thinking. fast, and slow." (if my memory is correct) humans generally believe new informations that support their own belief more than informations that are contrary. ...
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What are the consequences of prolonged cognitive dissonance?

We know that situations that induce cognitive dissonance cause a variety of interesting behaviors in humans. But do we know why relieving cognitive dissonance is such a powerful motivator? What ...
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What if he hates me for telling? [closed]

Why do people sometimes not understand that there are other ways of dealing with depression? I have done everything I know that I can do for this person. I've helped a few of my friends stop their ...
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Why do we say, “Oh!” when we are surprised?

I have noticed that I and many of my peers tend to say "Oh!" whenever we are surprised or think of an answer to a question. This "Oh!" is not only prevalent in English, but also in Korean and German. ...
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Are there theories which explain why human beings form and sustain a self-image?

I have always been curious about the concept of a self-image. I used to be very interested in why some people have a positive or negative self-image. Lately I have begun going a bit deeper and I have ...
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Intrapersonal drawbacks of landscaped open spaces

Preparing a dissertation, I would be interested in finding studies/articles concerning work conditions in open space offices. Regarding what is expected and advocated by the benefits, I would ...
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Social Psychological Factors in Non-monogamist/open relationships/polyamorous relationships

As the title states, I am trying to get my feet wet in the realm of social psychological factors in relation to consensual non-monogamy and polyamory. I am finding plenty sociological, and ...
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Does spanking a child teach them that it's ok for another person to touch them against their will?

The debate over whether spanking is an appropriate punishment largely revolves around proponents saying that it creates a more "disciplined" person and opponents saying that it traumatizes the child ...
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How liking and disliking mechanism is developed? [duplicate]

Every one likes different things, places, people, colors, flowers etc. I am interested to know how this mechanism is developed in individuals. If we suppose that it is started from home. Then why ...
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What Ethical and Legal Provisions Release One from “Mandatory Reporting”?

Question What provisions exist that can be applied to provide assurance to a client or patient that they can talk, "off the record", "without repercussions", and that nothing will be documented? ...
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cleanIAT function in R IAT package

Has anyone used cleanIAT (function in IAT package) to compute D-scores for their IAT data? Have you noticed any discrepancies between your D-scores and those of colleagues that used another program ...
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Why do we need Life Partner?

We all get into relationship. We at times move out of them when the needs (emotional,physical,mental,monetary,etc.) are not met. We keep searching for that one life partner. Why do we(human beings) ...
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Scientific name for the phrase: “The first image is the image that stays”

I've always heard about an effect that is entitled: The first image is the image that stays. It comes from a translation from a portuguese phrase, I don't know if it's properly translated. It seems ...
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Moral Foundations Theory and trigger word combinations

Moral foundations theory splits morality into six categories. In his book, The Righteous Mind, Haidt mentioned that looking at church sermons of southern baptist vs less conservative christian Church ...
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Physiological differences between brains of Conservatives and Liberals

I work for a non-profit research organization and I have been assigned to do research on this topic. I have been doing my best to find studies on this topic but every website and article seems to ...
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Why do people talk (or communicate)? [closed]

I think that people talk for planning immediate benefits or planning future benefits. For example if someone wants to eat a fruit on a tree but he doesn't know how to get it so he asks someone to get ...
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Link between certain aspects of basic behavioural traits [closed]

Is there a correlation in certain aspects of human traits,whether it is gene related. People from dominating countries during the early 1800s invading into other nations. For e.g:Portuguese,British ...
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A list of books on the big ideas of psychology [closed]

Can anyone give a list of all the books one should read in order to have a fairly general understanding of psychology, and with somewhat of an emphasis cognitive and evolutionary psychology. I realize ...
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Can good life experiences make for great life achievements?

I've been reading up on Kurt Cobain's life story and his achievements, and these observations/questions came to mind. There are plenty of examples of people with unhappy childhoods or life in general ...