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Depression

Depression



Depression is a persisting state of sadness with pessimistic thoughts and a loss of interest or enjoyment.

If you want to further your knowledge of depression, it is highly recommended that you read: Introduction to Coping with Depression (Overcoming: Booklet series) and Depression: The Evolution of Powerlessness.

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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia



There are two main misconceptions about schizophrenia.

Firstly that people with schizophrenia are violent. This is not true, although some people with schizophrenia can be violent, that is not to say that schizophrenia causes violent behaviour. Many people are violent without schizophrenia. Continue reading Schizophrenia

The Optimism Bias

The Optimism Bias



Humans are fallible creatures. We get things wrong. We get things wrong even when we know statistics about our current condition. Around 80% of us tend to over-estimate our success. Continue reading The Optimism Bias

Flashbulb Memories

Flashbulb Memories

Flashbulb Memories are especially vivid memories created by highly-charged emotional events. Flashbulb Memories tend to encapsulate the surrounding context of the situation and not just the event itself. Flashbulb memories are so termed because they are were hypothesised to be like a photograph taken with a flash: burn immediately into the film or mind. In fact flashbulb memories are the closest that humans get to photographic or eidetic memory.

Brown and Kulik (1977) discovered flashbulb memories, they gave participants a questionnaire about the deaths of Kennedy, Malcolm ‘X’, Martin Luther King, and the day of Princess Diana’s death. Continue reading Flashbulb Memories