I think that marijuana may be giving me headaches, but I'm really not sure. [more inside]
PsychologyFilter: Help me. My mother's fantasy is escalating and becoming more dangerous. [more inside]
How can I talk rationally to someone amazingly paranoid without further agitating them? [more inside]
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]
How do I improve my ability to form mental images? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
So, despite no one having told me this through high school, now that I'm in college I've been informed that everyone, everywhere, thinks I'm gay (and high school friends have confirmed this, now that I've asked). Men, women, doesn't matter. I am aware that I have a (very) slight lisp, which I hate because I can't control it (from birth). I am aware that I'm upbeat and tend to talk fast when excited. My body language is probably somewhat submissive, but I don't think it's THAT bad. I'm shy around a lot of women, don't make eye contact a lot, and a lot of guys don't like me because I'm not that into the "guy topics of conversation". Aside from, you know, how EFFING HOT random girl #43 is. (Cause she was!) The point is, I'm disturbingly straight and finding out what everyone really thinks has thrown me for a huge loop--not only am I being perceived as something I'm not, but it's also been (continually) detrimental to my success with women and social acceptance by guys... and I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. [more inside]
I'm trying to help out a friend /wout health insurance who needs some psych counceling in NYC. I remember hearing about something attached to a college, where it was $25 or $50 an hour. Any info?
Help me not to fall in love with this man (yet). There's a little bit... [more inside]
Any advice -- from experience please -- for breaking a friend's cycle of depression, hospitalization, and attempted suicide? [more inside]
Say you just come out of the theater and someone asked you to rate the movie. You say 9/10. But if someone asked you how a movie was 2 months later, you may say 6/10. I'm told there is literature that supports this - people are initially more excited right after an experience than when they think back to it 3 weeks later. Is there a psychology term or articles on this? [more inside]
How to overcome defenses and lose the emotional baggage? [more inside]
How do I stop being an over-achiever? [more inside]
We all know about IQ - but has anybody ever tried to make a standardised test for wisdom? [more inside]
Depressed about career choices. [more inside]
Quick question for the poker players--What do you enjoy doing to confuse/befuddle your opponents? What interesting devices have you seen other players do? I am talking about making comments, sending off false tells etc...psychological manipulation, in other words. [more inside]
PsychExperimentFilter: Suggest some funny and sad death scenes from recent (last 15-20 years) films. Bonus points for equally funny and sad non-death scenes to use as control. [more inside]
Two (or more) people are talking and a new person enters the group. One of the current group makes an obvious joke about the third. How is the person who enters the group "supposed" to react. [more inside]
Unconscious Process Filter: What's happening when I'm in the running "zone"? [more inside]
Is there any way to manipulate the unconscious on a micro scale? [more inside]
Trying to find ways to chill out. I need something that can occupy my mind and entertain me during the evening without putting me in a trance or putting me to sleep. I can't relate to characters on TV or novels, so all I read is non-fiction. With music, it either puts me in a trance or I get bored. I've tried meditation but it just makes me go to sleep. Basically, if I'm not actively engaged with learning something new, being creative, or solving a task, my mind shuts down and I get bored or zone out. Other people tell me, oh that's good that you don't watch TV or anything, but you know, I'm just sick of being so intense. I'm 20, male. Any suggestions, fokes?
Two nights ago I woke up whlie I was in a vivid dream. Last night, just before I fell asleep, the previous night's dream came back to me out of nowhere. Not a repeat, but more of a " previously on" moment like TV shows do. Has anyone else experienced this or know what causes it ? Sure, there's some [more inside]
HumanBehaviorFilter: Why are some customers so nasty to the people serving them? [more inside]
Is there a word to describe a person who repeatedly becomes convinced that someone else is sick with various obscure ailments, based on flimsy or imagined evidence? [more inside]
Name That Thing! You know that feeling you get sometimes when you wonder what would happen if you did something outrageous- punched a cop, stepped off a building, peed on the dinner table? No? Well, I'm sure I'm not the only one, because both Daniel Clowes (in Eightball) and P.G. Wodehouse (in Carry On, Jeeves) mention it. The problem is, what do you call it? Does any culture have a word for this? I certainly can't think of an (American) English word or phrase shorter than "You know that feeling when...", etc.
Why is it embarrassing not to have romantic interest reciprocated? [more inside]
Why do songs get 'stuck in your head'? [more inside]
I'm looking for a sport psychologist in New York City. Does anyone have any experience with this? [more inside]
An am-I-alone-here-question: What does the calendar that you picture in your head look like? For as long as I can remember (or at least as long as I knew my months of the year), my mental calendar has always been monthly, and seemed to start with the month of August--maybe because I was born then, or maybe because the school year started around then. [more inside]
Why are there fast people and slow people? Why do different people have different paces? [more inside]
Starting my grad school program next week (clinical psychology, PhD) and am joining a cohort of 7 others. Any suggestions on things to do (or not do) when meeting and getting to know people I'll have to work with for the next six years? I'd like to be friends with them, especially since we have all our classes together. But the chances of such a small group together so much so stressed without conflict seem doubtful to me. Other psych grad school advice is welcome too. Thanks!
I'm going to pursue a Masters/PhD in Cognitive Visual Neuroscience. I now know how to ask for letters of recommendation - thanks - but how do I write a killer letter of intent/application essay? Alternately, what are the major mistakes/pitfalls new students make when writing such a letter? Answers need not be Psych specific.
Has anybody written or done psychological profile of famous leaders , past or present, dead or alive , indepth or superficial? ?
Has anybody written or done psychological profile of famous leaders , past or present, dead or alive , indepth or superficial ? [more inside]
So I'm an undergrad working on my honors thesis, and the deadline is disconcertingly soon. (less than a month!) and I still can't get my sample size large enough! How can I recruit children ages 8-18 with ADHD with school out? I've already asked all the kids at the practice I'm associated with. Any suggestions, especially ones that would work quickly are much appreciated. I'd like to begin data analysis within a week to be able to start writing. Target number of kids: 10-15 more [more inside]
What is this dream-like state that sometimes overtakes me? [more inside]
How to start a program on five computers simultaneously. Usb splitter (not hub)? Network tool? Send ASCII code over ethernet? [more inside]
I want to learn about psychoanalysis/psychotherapy/etc. -- what are the best books? [more inside]
How do you "be yourself?" [more inside]
Do opposites really attract? And if so, why? What is it about opposites, specifically personality types, that makes some relationships click? [more inside]
Has there been any respected comprehensive research about whether extraverts are more successful in life than introverts or vice versa? Financially? What about in terms of life satisfaction, suicide rates, number of marriages etc? [more inside]
Thinking too much: I believe I have too many thoughts going on in my head almost constantly. How do I quieten my mind when it says - No! you have to finish this stream of thought or you will lose not coming to conclusion. [more inside]
Is there a sonic equivalent to goatse? [more inside]
Wow. My sexuality is really messed up. [more inside]
I'm looking for a gift to get somebody who's really interested in death. [more inside] [more inside]
When I was a music student, we had a visit from a music psychologist who worked in a conservatory in London... I think it was The Royal Academy. During her lecture, she described an experiment where performers were asked to play either with no physical movement, or with obviously physically expressive movements. The performers who had no physical movement were divided into 2 groups; one group was asked to play in an emotionally expressive way, and the other group was asked to play mechanically. The result of this experiment was that non-musicians could not tell apart the 2 groups of motionless performers, they could only tell a performer was being expressive if they could see them moving. In short, non-musicians cannot tell if a musician is playing expressively by listening alone. Musicians could of course tell the difference between all of them. I'm now a music photographer, so these findings are of huge interest to me, especially when it comes to persuading musicians just how important it is to communicate on a visual level as well as a musical one. Does anyone have any idea where I can reference this study, or anything remotely similar? Thanks!
Is it possible to move up and down the continuum of human sexuality? That is, can gays turn straighter or straights turn gayer? And how would you go about doing it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a book on how to manipulate and control a group of humans, non-physically. Governments use manipulation to convince it's citizens to agree with them. Companies invest billions of dollars into researching how to convince a consumer to buy a product. [more inside]
What is the emotion that drives lashing out behavior which leads to guilt & regret? Anecdotes & personal insights our encouraged. [more inside]