Going back into history new ideas have always struggled to be heard. The church was the dominant power and there were often dire consequences for anyone who challenged it. On the face of it things seem a certain way. Special interest groups have a vested interest in the status quo and therefore do everything they can to maintain this position. To a certain degree this argument is true.
At around 3.40am on August 31st 1888, a carter named Charles Cross was making his way along Bucks Row Whitechapel, when he noticed a bundle lying in a gateway. Presuming it to be a tarpaulin, and thinking that it might prove useful, he went to examine it and discovered, instead, that it was the body of a woman. Within moments another carter, Robert Paul, had arrived on the scene and the two decided that the wisest course of action would be to find a policeman.
In 1997 the American Psychological Association passed a resolution reaffirming that "homosexuality is not a mental disorder" and raising ethical concerns about attempts to change sexual orientation via psychotherapy (known as reparative or conversion therapy). Unfortunately, that was not the end of this questionable practice. Results of a survey conducted in London and published this year suggest that some therapists still see anything other than heterosexuality as pathological.
It is easy to be amazed and slightly in awe when experiencing synchronistic events. It is easy to feel that the experience is "magical" or uncanny. Early psychologists shared our fascination with the experience. Carl Jung is famous for his reflections on the phenomenon, calling it an "acausal connecting principle" by which he meant that it was produced by something inexplicable rather than by the usual process of cause and effect.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a body of knowledge made up of two parts. The first is an attitude or philosophy, the second a set of tools and techniques created by that philosophy. The simplest definition of the attitude is that 'subjective human experience has a structure that can be usefully manipulated.' What does that mean? Well, 'subjective human experience' refers to each human's unique and personal experience of reality.
What if you were to discover that there was something incredibly useful for creating connections and achieving greater understanding with people- something you were not aware of before? Would you take the time to learn more about it? There is something. It's called Psycho Geography. No, not that kind of psycho! This isn't a travel article about the places where you can find tailor-made straight-jackets!
Cogito, ergo sum (Descartes, Discourse on Method, 1637) The endeavour to understand human reason is perhaps one of the oldest pursuits known to man and indeed many have described this desire as being at the core of what makes us human. Although this area was originally the playing field of philosophers - such as Aristotle, Hobbes, Descartes, Hume and Kant, to name but a few - their insights laid the foundation for the transition of the field to the more scientific endeavour of cognitive psychology.
The idea that a person can retain an awareness of an amputated limb may not be surprising but to consider the claim that a missing limb can still move and feel intense pain raises both serious questions and skeptical eyebrows. How can a person feel pain in a limb that no longer exists? A residual consciousness of a dismembered limb in the form of sensation, movement and even pain is the essence of phantom limb syndrome.
I would like to explore one element of the equation: the psychology of the financial trouble. It may be argued that the primary emotion behind the mess was greed, followed by instant gratification and fear. In other words, some people got caught up in the emotion that drives the thought of "we must buy now to flip and resell at a profit, while we can and before it is too late.
Academic Psychologists are always doing research on current topics that effect the mind, and overall society, and now they've come up with a new clinical term to describe those who are addicted to playing video games. It turns out that their brain scans and research prove that people really are "addicted" and that their bran shows that this is true.