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6 Cognitive Effects That Distort the Way You Think

Cognitive effects can distort the way you think, increase anxiousness, and lead to numerous other difficulties. However, they are usually thought patterns viewing reality in an inaccurate and, typically, negative way. An example might be thinking “I am the unluckiest person on the planet”. As a result of this sort…

What Is Projective Identification & How It Works in Everyday Life

Projective identification is a complex psychological phenomenon that can be used as a defense mechanism and as a tool of interpersonal communication. In this post, we will explore how this theory is defined and consider some examples of how it works in everyday life. What is projection? To understand projective…

4 Time Travel Theories and the Physics Behind Them

Time travel has been the subject of many science-fiction books and films for the last few decades. But is it possible? Are there any time travel theories that could actually work? Understanding Time Travel We are all time travellers. That is to say, we all travel through time. We travel…

Mirror-Touch Synesthesia: the Extreme Version of Empathy

When a person says ‘I feel your pain,’ you take it to mean emotionally, not physically. But people that suffer from mirror-touch synesthesia feel exactly that; other people’s physical pain. What Is Mirror-Touch Synesthesia? The Condition of Synesthesia Before we discuss this strange condition, let’s get some background on the…

19th-Century Photos of Snowflakes Under a Microscope Show the Captivating Beauty of Nature’s Creations

Every snowflake is different, and yet, curiously the same. Why is this? Well, the fluffy edges and lengths are various, but each snowflake always has the same number of points. As a child, I folded paper and used scissors to cut shapes off the corners of the folded paper. Then…

Spiral of Silence Theory Explains Why You’d Rather Stay Quiet

During the 1970s, Elizabeth Noelle-Neumann, a German political scientist, developed the spiral of silence theory. Working in the context of post-World War Two Germany, Noelle-Neumann coined the theory. She sought to explain why individuals choose to remain silent when they believe their view isn’t held by the majority. In this…

Dunbar’s Number or Why Most of Your Social Connections Are Not Your Friends

Have you heard of Dunbar’s number? My sister certainly has. Years ago, when her new neighbour asked her if she wanted to pop round for a coffee, she said: “No thanks, I’ve got enough friends.” Now, before you start judging my sis for being unnecessarily blunt, she does have a…