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Coping and defence mechanism: What is the difference?

Defence mechanisms – i.e., mental mechanisms that alter perception are postulated to function so as to protect the person from excessive anxiety, whether the source of that anxiety be the perception of a disturbing external event or the presence of a disruptive internal psychological state (e.g. a […]

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REM, NREM and Dreams

Dreaming is caused by brain activity during sleep that is both biochemically and regionally different from that of waking states. The brain mind exhibits periodic self activation during sleep, these periods of activity, which occurs every 90 to 100 minutes, are accompanied by rapid eye movements and […]

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Managing Pain

Professor Owen Hughes, Consultant Counselling Psychologist and Head of Pain and Fatigue Management despite living with a chronic pain condition himself discuss how to manage chronic pain. He said that after being told that they are going to have to live with pain for the rest of […]

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Dream mind and brain

Rossi and Ribeiro argue the value of dreams and the dreaming process. Positive psychological experiences can facilitate gene expression, problem solving and healing. Rossi cites research that shows that when experimental animals experience novelty, environmental enrichment and physical exercise, zif-268, a learning –related gene, is expressed in […]

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Precognition

Many people report having the feeling that something was about to happen before it actually did. Parapsychology concerns the study of phenomena that seemingly cannot be explained by conventional scientific means. Schmidt designed an experiment in which the participants had the option of either constantly predicting which […]

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Neurosis as protective factor

Men and women who are creatively gifted are characterized by a susceptibility to meant illness which is grater than average, but which does not necessarily lead to actual breakdown because creative powers are to some extent protective against mental illness. Experimental psychology lends some support to this […]

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The Unconscious and creative thinking

Although Freud was certainly right in contrasting rational, directed thinking with daydreaming, he did not admit the possibility that unconscious processes and fantasy also play an important part in the type of creative thinking which is concerned with reality rather that with wish fulfilment. Freud drew too […]

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Explaining Delusions

The precursors of delusions and hallucinations are constituted by fantasies and illusions, wishful thinking and fallacies which formally are identical with those experienced by normal persons. But here again schizophrenic autism makes a distinction between fantasy and reality with the result that delusions and hallucinations become equals […]

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Beliefs

When people’s cherished beliefs are threatened by hard facts, they shift the justifications for what they belief, turning to unfalsifiable arguments. Psychologists say this can make people’s beliefs increasingly hard to challenge.

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Falling, Flying or being naked: what our dreams really mean

Although there is some debate about the function and importance of our dreams, they are largely considered to be a powerful portent of our unconscious thoughts. The interpretation of dreams goes back as far as ancient Greek and Egyptian civilisations, but in the 20th century, two predominant […]

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