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Distorted / incorrect memories (and conviction to be right)

My mother remembers events incorrectly, but is convinced this was how it happened. Is there a term for this? What can it be a symptom of? Is it common? Is it psychological, neurological, sth-else-ical? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Sep 17, 2007 - 46 answers

Psychology Blog Topics

I'm starting a psychology-related blog that will focus on reviewing interesting and socially relevant literature. If you were a visitor to this blog, what type of topics would you be most interested in reading? [more inside]
posted by charmston on Sep 16, 2007 - 9 answers

How do I become a business tycoon?

How do I become a business tycoon? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Sep 16, 2007 - 22 answers

Seeking advice on choosing (or not choose) between a therapist and a psychiatrist.

I need help deciding whether to continue seeing my psychologist (who i really like) and see a psychiatrist (who I also really like) for med management, or see the psychiatrist for both therapy and med management? Also, does anyone have experience with Harvard Pilgrim HMO's mental health benefits? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee on Sep 15, 2007 - 9 answers

throwing people into an Iowa asylum

Iowa & mental health: What can someone do if they're threatened with being admitted for psychiatric reasons against their will? What happens? Does it really only take two other people signing a document? Is threatening someone with this a crime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2007 - 18 answers

I'm afraid of a book!

How can I read this scary book without going crazy? This may sound silly, but I swear it's serious.... [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Sep 7, 2007 - 24 answers

Why is there ubiquitious loud music?

Why do bars, restaurants, clothing stores and shoe stores play such loud music? Why when I'm buying a pair of business blacks do I have to listen to the latest dance hits at high volume? More inside. [more inside]
posted by sien on Sep 6, 2007 - 32 answers

Identify this research experiment.

What was this psychological experiment involving coloured shapes and static? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2007 - 2 answers

What is obsessive-impulsive disorder?

I would like information on obsessive-impulsive disorder. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint on Aug 8, 2007 - 9 answers

First Hand Accounts of Schizophrenia

Help me create an interesting and realistic character with schizophrenia for my novel. Ideally, there would be a "Vaults of Erowid" type site out there where people have documented their 1st hand experiences with mental illnesses, but no such site seems to exist. [more inside]
posted by ekstasis23 on Aug 2, 2007 - 26 answers

How do you take a compliment?

Compliments and self-worth: Help me help my friend understand not everyone thinks she's stupid. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jul 20, 2007 - 34 answers

Is compulsive lying linked with any recognised mental disorders?

Is compulsive lying linked with any recognised mental disorders? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Jul 8, 2007 - 25 answers

Books/wares to help kids think like mathematicians?

Books/wares to help kids think like mathematicians? [more inside]
posted by O Blitiri on Jun 27, 2007 - 22 answers

Scientific name for ability to see random stream of images?

I and some others I've spoken to have the ability to see a plethora of random images or movies (and sometimes sounds or other sense-imagery) in our imaginations at will. These manifest when we relax our minds a little and will the images to come -- they might be connected or not, bizarre or not -- a lot like dreams, really. What is the scientific name for this phenomenon and how common is it?
posted by Malad on Jun 21, 2007 - 21 answers

Statistical Question

(1) When doing an inter-rater reliability study, does Rater A always have to be paired with Rater B, and Rater C with Rater D, etc? Or can Rater A be paired with Rater B sometimes and Rater C other times? (2) When trying to determine the appropriate sample size for this kind of study, is the N based on the total number of subjects rated, or on the number of subjects each pair of raters rates? [more inside]
posted by kenberkun on Jun 16, 2007 - 2 answers


help me shake my writer's block! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on May 20, 2007 - 17 answers

Have we caveman brains?

What are the best sources for a layman to learn more about evolutionary psychology? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on May 18, 2007 - 33 answers

Type of anxiety attack people never heard of?

Has anyone had the experience of being sick, weak, panicky, malnourished, anemic, perhaps about to faint, and the world turns into a kind of claustrophobic twilight horror zone where you feel like a ragged ghost or like you've stepped into another ghastly dimension, even though everything looks and sounds EXACTLY the same and you know you're physically in the same place and you can even talk rationally, but now your world has just turned into a kind of hell? [more inside]
posted by serena15221 on May 15, 2007 - 21 answers

Do people with delusions ever/often recognize that?

Do people suffering from delusions ever/sometimes/frequently recognize this without it being pointed out to them? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on May 15, 2007 - 26 answers

Advice for a job interview

I need advice for my community college job interviews this week. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2007 - 9 answers

'An overwhelming sense of familiarity'

In your opinion, what causes déjà vu? I mean the most common type - déjà vécu (already lived)?
posted by chuckdarwin on May 13, 2007 - 33 answers

Why do any therapists trust The Interpretation of Dreams?

I'm reading Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, and the jumps he makes in interpreting dreams -- from a dream image to someone's long-ago memory to some quote to another quote to a childhood wet-nurse -- strike me as absolutely ludicrous. How and why do any therapists put any faith in this method of interpretation (I know many don't)?
posted by Malad on May 9, 2007 - 20 answers

Programming Language with Variable Rules?

Is there an existing programming language with variable syntax rules that can be set at compile time/interpreter-time? [more inside]
posted by mikeyk on May 8, 2007 - 14 answers

how does a seriously FAT DUDE behave normally?

[fat dude question] how do people with normal bodies keep them that way? [more inside]
posted by taff on May 6, 2007 - 67 answers

What do i do with my psychology degree now???

I recived my degree in psychology 4 years ago, rather than pursuing my masters or getting work experience directly related to psycholgy i chose to get a job in sales. I have done well and managed to pay back all my college debt(loans, credit cards). Now i'm at a point where i am burnt out from sales and I want to utilze my degree. The problem i;m running into is that most of the jobs require masters degrees(which i plan to get) or prior psyc related experience. [more inside]
posted by Windell79 on May 1, 2007 - 6 answers

I think I have ADHD

Ok, so I am now willing to admit I may have ADHD, but I have no health insurance. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Calling all psychology majors...

Psychologists - Help me find some references to get me started on reading about awareness in small groups. [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck on Apr 24, 2007 - 6 answers

What does my cat think I am?

What does my cat think I am? In other words, in his brain, what has he classified me as? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 19, 2007 - 44 answers

I am very angry, and I don't know why.

Please suggest a psychologist in D.C. area to help deal with a pervasive feeling of unfocused rage, and help me deal with these irrational anger issues while I try to schedule an appointment. [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt on Apr 16, 2007 - 19 answers


In the famous Milgram experiment, to examine obedience and authority, why does the actor never specifically use the word 'help'? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk on Apr 8, 2007 - 18 answers

Is "your type" hard-wired in youth?

Is the type of person you're attracted to or consider attractive hard-wired in you during childhood? [more inside]
posted by whitneykitty on Apr 4, 2007 - 42 answers

Make the demons in my head go away

How do I get terrible images and memories out of my head? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2007 - 30 answers

What is Deleuze and Guattari's "abstract machine"?

Explain Deleuze & Guattari's "abstract machine" in a way I can understand? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Mar 27, 2007 - 9 answers

Which psychology degree should I pursue?

Which psychology degree to should I pursue? (MS Counseling psych. vs. MS Clinical psych. vs. MA in Counseling psych. vs. Psy.D.). [more inside]
posted by man on the run on Mar 22, 2007 - 10 answers

How to face one's dark side?

How do I face my dark sides? [more inside]
posted by catherinem on Mar 9, 2007 - 23 answers

What more could I do to stop going crazy?

What more could I do to stop going crazy? [more inside]
posted by hypervenom on Mar 8, 2007 - 41 answers

Trustworthy information/advocacy sites for mental/behavioral illness?

I'm trying to find a comprehensive lists of organization and resource sites for a range of behavioral and mental disorders (similar to this, but for adults as well as children). [more inside]
posted by melissa may on Mar 1, 2007 - 6 answers

I don't know if I find it difficult to talk about my feelings!

Meyers - Briggs Personality Inventory scores seem to pop up a lot in explanations for askme questions as background on the poster to help people answer his or her questions, and occasionally I've heard people I know discussing their 'types' and how it affects their lives. Because of my own experience with the test, my knee-jerk reaction is that it seems only slightly more helpful than giving one's astrological sign as background. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Feb 27, 2007 - 50 answers

Scholarship on stereotyping accurately!

What are the best scholarly books and articles in any field that would bear on how you might rapidly assess a person and predict aspects of his or her behavior based on various easily (not *necessarily* instantly) ascertainable characteristics (demographic information, body language, speaking patterns, ethnicity, education, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by shivohum on Feb 26, 2007 - 12 answers

Creative ideas for visual stimuli needed.

I need help brainstorming creative ideas for visual stimuli which vary independently on two dimensions. [more inside]
posted by dmd on Feb 21, 2007 - 22 answers

Deja Who?

What do you call co-opting other people's memories, accounts, and stories for your own memories in a deja vu-like moment? [more inside]
posted by SBMike on Feb 12, 2007 - 15 answers

Concurrence between online and offline personality?

Anyone know of any well-written studies detailing how different psychological makeups of internet users affect the development of internet communities? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Feb 2, 2007 - 2 answers

Mean green

I think that marijuana may be giving me headaches, but I'm really not sure. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2007 - 28 answers

What can I do about my unbalanced mother?

PsychologyFilter: Help me. My mother's fantasy is escalating and becoming more dangerous. [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Jan 24, 2007 - 24 answers

Paranoia is not pretty.

How can I talk rationally to someone amazingly paranoid without further agitating them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2007 - 28 answers

Can I help my sister?

My sister is in her late-30s and a single mother of one little girl. She's stuck in an endless series of crummy jobs, severely dependent on our mother, and she is incredibly defensive and vitriolic about pretty much everything. I'd like to help her somehow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2006 - 15 answers

How do I improve my ability to form mental images?

How do I improve my ability to form mental images? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Dec 25, 2006 - 16 answers

How do I perceive you?

In Eddie Izzard's Dressed to Kill, he says that how people respond to you is based 70% on how you look, 20% on how you sound, and 10% on what you say. What branch of psychology studies these reactions? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family on Dec 25, 2006 - 14 answers

Can you be prepared for sexual assault?

Can people be trained to better withstand or recover faster from sexual assault? I'm thinking specifically of people being sent into situations where being sexually assaulted is a high risk (e.g. law-enforcement undercover in the sex-trade, humanitarian aid workers in combat zones, soldiers)... [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Dec 23, 2006 - 13 answers

I become dull and emotionless for stretches of 3-5 hours at a time. What's up?

I become dull and emotionless for stretches of 3-5 hours at a time. I don't feel depressed, I just feel absolutely nothing. I can play my favorite, rock-out song and it feels the same as listening to CSPAN. I can kiss my girlfriend and I might as well be kissing my hand. It happens regularly, usually in the afternoon, but not every day. Sometimes coffee or food can snap me out of it, sometimes not. The difference between being in or out this "mode" is very distinct. When I'm not in the "mode", I experience a pretty full, normal range of emotions and I'm not what you'd call depressed at all. Have other people experienced this? Any ideas of what causes it or how I can beat it? I hate missing out on experiences while stuck in this zombie-land.
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2006 - 17 answers

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