Here’s a unique example of cognitive dissonance theory: the information you pay attention to (and ignore) as you search around on Amazon.com How? Cognitive dissonance strikes again!
How do you really raise self esteem? This week we take a look at all the talk about young people, narcissism and the self esteem movement. Then we answer the question: how do you raise self esteem?
Every since Leon Festinger gave us the term cognitive dissonance, we’ve been asking questions about contradictions in human behavior. For example, can you be pro choice and against the death penalty, or vice versa?
Blaming the victim – why do we do it? Are rape victims responsible for what happens to them? Are victims of car crashes or other accidents responsible for what happened to them?
What could possibly be wrong with thinking positively? As it turns out, there could be a lot wrong with it. Consider this: have you ever felt badly because you haven’t been thinking positively lately? There’s almost a certain amount of guilt to it. Join me in this episode of The Psych Files where we look at the good and the … Read More
Most of us believe that we should “think positively”, but there is a negative side to doing so. In this episode of The Psych Files we find out what that dark side is.
Too many people dismiss Freud because he had a few controversial ideas, but as I try to point out in this podcast, many of Freud’s ideas were very influential and can, with a little attention, be seen in everyday life.
Do Birds of a Feather Flock together or do Opposites Attract? Find out which proverb is correct in this episode.
Do you believe in spanking children to get to them to behave? There is a lot of controversy, discussion and research on this topic. The research points to one strong conclusion: spanking does NOT work. In this episode I discuss the various kinds of rewards and punishments we use to modify our children’s behavior. I address the views and research … Read More
Have you ever heard of someone who says they can predict the future? Perhaps you’ve seen magazine articles in which someone claims to have predicted some famous event. The so-called Mayan calendar predicted the ed of the world in 2012, and Nostradamus comes to mind as someone who made a lot of predictions. What makes for a good predication and … Read More