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British Object Relationists

Why is it that certain people make us feel inexplicably angry, fearful or just plain uncomfortable and that individual hasn’t said a word to us? Some psychologists believe that the self develops a set of unconscious emotional values that, if left unresolved, can go on to direct how we act throughout our social and personal Read More

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How the Social Identity Approach has has contributed to our understanding of the psychology of brutality

It is well documented within psychology that seemingly ordinary people can behave in brutal and inhumane ways by the presence and influence of others. A host of psychological research has highlighted this propensity reliably and history has demonstrated it’s horrible reality as being pervasive over time. The atrocities of the Nazi Holocaust, The Stanford Prison Read More

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Psycho Analysis Vs Cognitive

There are several key theories to understanding psychology thus understanding everyday life, why and how we act and respond the way we do. To compare strands isn’t straightforward because your comparing ideas and theories, using criticisms that are second hand. Psychoanalysis is the theory driven by key thinkers like Freud, and Erikson. The main input Read More

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The Psychoanalytic Model of Behaviour explains everything and predicts nothing

Psychoanalysis was introduced in the 1890’s by the Austrian, Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalysis is concerned with the unconscious basis for behaviours, phobias, desires and anxieties. This essay will investigate whether Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis help predict how a child may develop, whether the psychoanalytical model can successfully foretell the pathologies Freud researched. In the other psychological Read More

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Critically discuss the usefulness of the three individual ‘visions’ of social psychology

Social psychology is characterised by a variety of perspectives, with different theoretical underpinnings. These multiple perspectives have been born from the influence of social psychologists from different traditions and subsequently, have diverse views surrounding the scope and aims of the discipline. This paper will concisely define three influential schools of thought; experimental social psychology, critical Read More

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The effectiveness of the biological perspective in explaining one psychological or social problem

The biological perspective tries to explain aggression as an evolutionary function, which is necessary for survival. Most of these theories are based on non-human animal experiments, extending the findings to humans. Lorenz, an ethologist, who was very influenced by Darwin’s theories, studied animal behaviour in natural settings. With these studies he came to believe that Read More

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Psychological egoism

Psychological egoism claims that human nature is such that we cannot help but pursue our self-interest, we are biologically and psychologically disposed to behave in this way. It is a fact that we automatically act to promote our own interest and we cannot do otherwise. This theory highlights a strength of egoism as a whole, Read More

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Is direct realism naive

Direct realism, also know as naive realism, is the view that what we see, feel, & touch is real. That we can acknowledge that an object (e.g. a Candle) that is in a room is real, and that we can confirm this through our senses. For a direct realist there is no difference between appearance Read More