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comment Why do people suicide?
+1 for your first sentence. If you have never experienced the deep and fundamental hopelessness that suiciders experience, you cannot understand why they want to die. Because to you, all misery has an eventual end and your survival is rewarded by times of happiness. People who kill themselves are in an endless misery without any hope of ever experiencing anything else. And they want out. Death appears as the only option to end their misery, to them. But if you have been happy once, you cannot understand endless unhappiness.
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comment Origin of group-level statistics in psychology and cognitive neuroscience
[contd.] Only later, when alternatives arose, did academic psychology denounce those alternatives as unscientific, to protect its paradigm. But that is my perception, based on limited knowledge, and it may be wrong. /// Anyway, that's the last from me. Gotta go study ;-) Have fun!
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comment Origin of group-level statistics in psychology and cognitive neuroscience
[contd.] And then methodology from general psycholgy (and other natural sciences) was applied to differential psychology because that was the way psychology and science were done, and because that was how scholars looked at the world since ancient times (think of the Indian example). I don't think there was a plausible alternative (philosophy was no longer a valid way to consider the psyche, sociology and its methods did not yet exist, Psychoanalysis was only just beginning, etc.), and therefore no need to motivate those methods theoretically. [contd.]
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comment Origin of group-level statistics in psychology and cognitive neuroscience
Yes, Fechner did not do group-level statistics, because the idea of differential psychology did not yet exist. Do not forget that Lavater published on physiognomy in the late 1700s, and all through the 18th century this, not psychology, was the method to "measure" human character. But Fechner drew a sample (the trials he did) from a population (all the trials he might have done). Differential psychological research started around 1900 with intelligence etc. Groups did not come into focus of psychology until then. [contd.]
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comment What's the major difference between mind and brain?
"obfuscated" - I love that word. Sounds like cartoon-speak for throwing a smoke bomb and then rushing past your stunned parents to the playground with your toy gun. Perfect word to describe the effect of the word "mind" on the mind.
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See my edit, which I hope gives my answer more clearly.
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answered What is the difference between social anxiety disorder and shyness?
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comment Can one become less neurotic?
Do 30 minutes of endurance sports three times a week. Relaxes the sympathetic nervous system and reduces anxiety, tension, etc. Has been shown to be equally effective as psychotherapy for mild and medium depression: scholar.google.com/scholar?q=sport+depression
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comment Is the mathematician's activity psychologically healthy?
@SébastienPalcoux In clinical psychology there is one criterion that almost all behaviors have to fulfill to be considered pathological: they have to prevent normal everyday functioning. Many writers close themselves up for a few weeks to finish their novels. They don't sleep, wash or eat. But then they come out, take a shower, play with their kids, socialize etc. It would only be considered pathological, if you don't have any friends at all, no family, never wash or cut your hair, etc. Being extremely focussed on what you do is called "flow" and it causes a state of bliss. It is very healthy.
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