“I MEAN THE MOST”

On an average, 4 out of 5 of us have always come across individuals who can go to any extent to get someone’s attention in particular, may it be yours or of someone you know. Many times you know that the person is lying, manipulating, and exaggerating (situation or conversation) through irrational tantrums and many…

Morphic Resonance

Several years ago, I came across a fascinating theory by molecular biologist Rupert Sheldrake called ‘Morphic Resonance’. In essence, this theory states that memory is collective. Every self-organising being inherits memories from their previous life forms. It states that memory need not be stored in material places in the brain. According to the theory, memory…

NOMOPHOBIA, A NEW SYNDROME

Have you ever felt great fear of being without your mobile phone? Recent studies confirm an increasing syndrome named nomophobia which means “no-mobile-phone-phobia”. Fear, anxiety, distress and panic attacks are symptoms that some people experience when not having their phone. Symptoms that may lead to other side effects, such as tremors, sweating, dizziness, trouble in…

The Love Story of Banking and Terrorism

It is a common belief that terrorism arises from the religious or ethnic ideology in certain emerging countries. But this gradual rise wouldn’t have been possible without required finances and required tax organization. Terrorism does not just involve manpower but also weapons, vehicles, communication tools (mobile phones etc.) broadband connection, training among other requirements. Therefore,…

Music: The Healer

Music is something that is purely magic. It’s salve for all of life’s emotional wounds. What’s crazy about music is that there is so much out there that there’s literally something for every mood imaginable. There’s music to calm you down, there’s music to put you in an ethereal state, there’s music to pump you…

Fantasy Epiphany

I am 30 and I feel a thousand years old. I mean I feel ancient but not old and this is in a good way. I feel the vastness of my thoughts and feel that they can’t possibly be contained in this small body. The reason is my obsession with fantasy fiction books. Fantasy is…

WOMEN + PROFANITIES = UNGRACEFUL BEHAVIOUR

Profanity is another aspect of normal daily life where double standards can be seen: when men curse, it I funny or rough. When women to it, it’s unladylike or stupid. Swearing, using words decided offensive, is ugly and trashy if you’re a female. Women are routinely told to hold themselves back and pay concern to…

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Anxiety

It has been proven that psychological therapies are most effective in treating anxiety. In extreme cases, medication may be considered helpful as well, where anti-depressants could be helpful in treating anxiety, even if a person doesn’t experience symptoms of depression. Psychological treatments like that of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the first preference for treating…

IT’S NOT MEANT TO BE!

If a guy doesn’t text, call or email (when it truly is his turn), he is just not that into you. You are not his top priority. You are probably not even on his top 10 list of priorities in his life. If he gets annoyed when you text, call or email (let’s assume you…

Fighting 21st Century Terrorism

The fight against terrorism, it’s been a tough journey since the moment this term was created. However, terrorism actually began when the same homo sapiens, which we all know of, originated. Terrorism is not the creation of physical terror but the psychological impact that this terror has on you. It is an ideology transferred from…

Emotions Aren’t Universal. Their Interpretation Is.

The breadth of emotions that our eyes are able to express is truly far-reaching. From joy to longing, from anger to fear, from sadness to disgust – eyes can become powerful windows to our internal states. We use our eyes to take in the world around us, and to reflect the world within us. To…

UNDERSTANDING A TRAVELLER’S PSYCHE

 “ONE FINE DAY, IT WILL BE YOUR TURN. YOU WILL LEAVE HOMES, CITIES AND COUNTRIES TO PURSUE GRANDER AMBITIONS. YOU WILL LEAVE FRIENDS, LOVERS AND POSSIBILITIES FOR THE CHANCE TO ROAM THE WORLD AND MAKE DEEPER CONNECTIONS. YOU WILL DEFY YOUR FEAR OF CHANGE, HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH, AND DO WHAT YOU ONCE THOUGHT WAS…

The Simple Psychology of Habits

We all have some kind of habit or another, so to say if you’re a human being alive on planet Earth, chances are that you’ve got some habit or another. Some of those habits we like, while some of our habits nag us because they don’t serve a healthy purpose yet they don’t easily fall…

How brainwash works

Brainwashing is the attempt to change the thoughts and beliefs of another person against their will. Psychology states that the study of brainwashing, which is commonly referred to as thought reform, falls into the sphere of “social influence.” Social influence happens every minute of every day. It is the collection of ways in which people can…

How Terrorism involves a bigger Psychological than simply Physical damage?

Terrorism erodes the sense of security and safety people usually feel. This erosion of security is at both the individual level and the community level. Terrorism challenges the natural need of human beings to see the world as predictable, orderly, and controllable. Research has shown that deliberate violence creates longer lasting mental health effects than…

How Hollywood inspires jihad?

Who knew that Zoolander would eclipse The Siege as the most prescient Hollywood movie about jihadist terrorism? The Siege, scripted by Lawrence Wright—who went on to author a groundbreaking study of al-Qaeda called The Looming Tower—is a pre-9/11 drama about a wave of jihadist atrocities in New York and the human-rights catastrophe thereby entrained, including…

Can entrepreneurship defeat terrorism?

Terrorism is the frontline of our century. A wide diffusion across the entire planet thanks to media in the age of information and communication is the goal of every terrorist organization: their strength is not in numbers, new weapons, and battles to win, but fear.  The more is the fear that they can generate in…

Riding the Different Seasons of Our Lives

Our lives are filled with seasons— seasons that are beyond fall, winter, spring and summer. The seasons that are personal to us. The seasons that make up our lives. For instance, Shawn Fink writes about the different seasons of motherhood. She says that on one season she experiences is the “idea season”: This is the season…

HE WHO ANGERS YOU CONQUERS YOU

Anger is a natural and mostly automatic response to pain of one form or another (physical or emotional). Anger can occur when people don’t feel well, feel rejected, feel threatened, or experience some loss. The type of pain does not matter; the important thing is that the pain experienced is unpleasant. Because anger never occurs…

Is it possible to effect Counter-Terrorism without Violence?

We are often surrounded by extremism, radicalism, violence, terrorism. All these terms sound extremely intense when we turn on our TV or laptop to check social media, especially on Facebook, these words take a turn towards something considered as even ‘normal’ nowadays. It’s difficult not to see some update everyday coming from the major communication…

Rigidity of Gender Roles and its Effect on Modern Intimacy

Growing up, our minds have been conditioned to believe that gender is a dichotomy. There are boys and then there are girls, and everyone has a part to play, women in nurturing and men in providing. As we get older, it becomes clearer to us that nothing this explicit exists. People in recent times have…

THE HUMAN TENDENCY TO CONFORM

Conformity is a type of social influence involving a change in belief or behaviour in order to fit in with a group. Conformity can also be simply defined as “yielding to group pressures”. Group pressure may take different forms, for example bullying, persuasion, teasing, criticism, etc. Conformity is also known as majority influence. Given that a “need…

COMMON SENSE IS VERY UNCOMMON

What exactly is common sense? Mark Twain hit a bull’s-eye with his definition: “Common sense is the simple knack of seeing something the way it really is and doing something the way it should be done.” That just about covers it. According to Einstein, common sense is a collection of prejudices acquired by age 18….

“I NEED TO STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS!”

Thought suppression is a commonly used strategy. People often try to block out or put the lid on unwanted thoughts and feelings in order to limit the influence those thoughts have on their behaviour. But thought suppression is very difficult, only briefly works, and can have unintended consequences. Suppressing your thoughts can backfire, increasing the frequency of thoughts you were…

Racial stereotypes. Not just about Race.

“According to a recent series of studies, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stereotypes normally associated with Blacks and Whites are more about ecology than about race.  Given no other information, survey respondents tend to assume that a young Black person is more likely than a White person to embody a…

Save Your Relationships from Paranoia

“Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.” This simple statement once written by Elizabeth Bowen, Irish writer, sets a perfect scene in our minds of what jealousy feels like; others are happy, overtly joyful or secretly mocking, while we are left alone looking like a fool. Jealousy is a complex emotion that encompasses many…

BRAIN’S HEALTHY FOODS

The diet is very important for body health, but what happens with the brain? Some studies summarized in ten to twelve the important food for the proper functioning of the brain such as chia seeds , blueberries , fish , avocado , olive oil , broccoli , nuts , water , pumpkin , tomatoes, spinach…

Applying Music to Emotional and Psychological Health

 Musicology is a term that understands and explains the impact that music has on one’s behaviour and experience, also dealing with the way one creates, perceives, incorporates and responds to various genres of music that one listens to in their daily lives that highly contributes in affecting one’s psychological state, be it positively or negatively. It is…

The Vast Psychological Damage Created During Violent Interrogations

“The report shows that, to obtain information, CIA officers intimidated detainees with threats to harm their families, which included, “threats to harm a detainee’s children, threats to sexually abuse the mother of a detainee, and threats to cut a detainee’s mother’s throat.” These individuals were also led to believe they would never be allowed to leave CIA…

What After The Friends With Benefits?

The entire concept of friends-with-benefits relationships is widely popular among college students, especially in the United States; according to a survey about 60% of the youth have reported to have at least one friend with benefit at some point in their life. The utmost popularity of this concept is not surprising. On the spectrum of…