Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviours.

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What if the Accompanying Voice is internal and non-mystical, yet mistakenly is the basis for Religion?

Some small proportion of people (you know who you are) have an Accompanying Voice: an equal who converses with your "normal thought voice" whenever you have questions or problems that you cannot solve,...
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Why do philosophical questions arise?

I've been reading questions and answers in this site for a while, and I've come to the idea that philosophical questions arise mainly in a response to a psychological need, like having a cognitive ...
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Movies on philosophy similar to “Waking Life”? [closed]

The movie "Waking Life" is a philosophical masterpiece: a quasi non-narrative psychedelic dreamscape exploring the very nature of both existence and non-existence in unpredecented depth. In a ...
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Kant's attitude to introspection

In "A History of Modern Psychology", Schultz & Schultz, 10th edition we read A century before Titchener’s work, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant had written that any attempt at ...
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Is laziness and sloth a behavioural problem only?

I'd perhaps be better off asking on cogsci stackexchange. But, can laziness and sloth be a behavioural problem only? Or does it always implicate a cognitive / affective deficiency? Given that the ...
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In what sense can it matter if e.g. Nietzsche was “queer”?

This mainstream review discusses a book on the surprisingly fashionable claim that Nietzsche was "queer" (which I put it quotes to be sure not to offend). Nevertheless, Joachim Köhler has achieved ...
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How to judge ethically? [closed]

In my opinion the correct way on approaching a person which is doing something wrong is to judge their behavior, rather than them as a person. Compare for instance: Option A: John you are an absolute ...
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Does Hume face circularity in his understanding of impressions?

Hume held that all experience and under his empiricism all ideas and meaningful thoughts were reducible to impressions. Thus, for Hume an 'idea' is merely a faint impression. But why should ideas and ...
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Is self-expression not unique to creatives?

Often it's thought that "self-expression" is only possible in creative work and e.g. for this reason the pol. ideology communism as well as Maslow's hierarchy of needs thinks of the creative pursuits ...
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How are subconscious mental states possible?

One of the most important defining mental features of mental states is that they are directly knowable. Indeed this is at the heart of the mind body problem: the mind is so special because mental ...
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If there is granted the fact of a 'state of awareness', must it be considered a condition of a 'subject'?

There are certain facts that are the beginning place for psychological study. Impressions are typically the most frequently considered facts. But there is also the fact that there is an awareness of ...
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Is there an actually existent distinction between the presence of object to mind and the awareness of the presence of object to mind?

Often times the word 'awareness' is said to mean simply the having of an impression, or the state of knowing which terminates in the object known itself. So for example, the presence of the impression ...
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Hume held that the self could not be proved due to its not being an impression or idea, but is not the self necessary for associative capacities?

Associations are principles whereby impressions come to exist in different capacities than by what was received initially. So for example, in having the impression of brown, furry, smelly, and so on ...
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Is the capacity to form associations of impressions a passive reality or is it indicative rather of an active principle?

Hume famously held that all that was meaningful in the mind consisted of clear and distinct impressions and ideas. Now, notions such as causation, unity and identity are held to be a result of ...
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Granted Hume's psychological perspective regarding impressions and ideas, doesn't this make his epistemology obscure?

Hume held that all that was meaningfully present to the mind consisted in matters of fact (impressions) and relations of ideas. But even ideas were faint impressions themselves, formed over time by ...
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Can the tendency toward social construction of mental illness be decoupled from responsibility?

Hacking, in The social constructionism of what?, cites Boyle's claim that patients "need" the diagnosis of schizophrenia. He then approves of the idea that schizophrenia is an "interactive kind": ...
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What are the philosophical roots of the current American parenting style?

A light hearted question: As a parent of two young children, I struggle with the current mainstream American parenting and educational style which is typically parodied (rightfully so) as the "...
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Do human beings always act rationally (i.e. in an internally consistent manner)? [closed]

When a human being acts, is it always in an internally logically consistent (i.e. rational) manner? To answer this question, the assumption is that emotions are a part of our internal logic. We have ...
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What does Nietzsche mean by the intellectual costs that “For” and “Against” incur?

In the preface of Human, All Too Human Nietzsche talks about control over one's For and Against. He mentions this after stating that the free spirit is able to become a master over virtues and uses ...
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Is it a fallacy to say that a sane person cannot apply rational thought to the motivations of the insane?

A common argument in today's news is that: Someone commits a heinous crime by shooting a bunch of people. Anyone who commits a heinous crime must be insane. Sane people cannot apply rational thought ...
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“Genealogy of Morals” in retrospect. [closed]

How accurate has the Genealogy of Morals turned out to be with respect to the finding of anthropology? More specifically, is there any evidence or link suggesting that when nomads settled into ...
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How do i stop assuming bad things about the Future? [closed]

I live in constant fear as i always assume that bad things will happen in the coming time . For example i was told by a recruiter that i might be called for a job interview in coming days, anytime. I ...
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Have someone already thought about emotions as an autopilot that takes over control as if we coudn't do things ourselves better?

Can it be that one of the meanings of life is to learn how to control emotions or to totally get rid of them? I find emotions are a very destructive and disturbing mechanism. They affect our ...
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Psychology: Why do people project? [closed]

I don't understand the Defense Mechanism of Projection that people do. I mean, why telling someone they lie when you are the one lying? Why accusing them of what they haven't done but it's what you ...
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What philosophy pertains to private successful cynics who are still affable and socially skilled? [closed]

Hereafter, I use 'cynicism' to mean the misanthropic definition: A cynic may have a general lack of faith or hope in the human species or people motivated by ambition, desire, greed, gratification,...
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What ways does psychology approach the study of human and animal behavior? [closed]

What are the similarities in the ways a psychologist would study the behavior of a human compared to an animal?
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Philosophy of Humor

I was reading Andre Breton's "Anthology of Black Humor" and I found in one of the introductory notes a report addressing the theme of humor by Hegel. I think it is related to the treatment of comedy ...
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Is there a philosophy that suggests a motive to achieve great things which is deeper than one's own self?

Is there a philosophy that suggests a motive to achieve great things which is deeper than one's feeling, emotions, oersonal benefit, desires, etc? I have always wanted to do huge things. Be the ...
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Artificial minds with psychological problems?

A somewhat playful question, with possibly serious implications. Imagine that some sort of artificial sentient organism was developed, whose kind could function in a human society as if they were ...
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Has anyone tried to empirically demonstrate the existence of subconscious thoughts and motivations?

1) It seems to me that proving the existence of subconscious thoughts, motivations and mental states would be a definitive argument for dualism, since it would imply a level of complexity that can ...
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Is this an at all defensible reading of the end of Zarathustra by Nietzsche

... and whenever a dove whisked over its nose, the lion shook its head and wondered and laughed... Meanwhile, however, the higher men had awakened in Zarathustra's cave, and marshalled themselves ...
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I need help with essay question: “'No act is intrinsically criminal'. Discuss” [closed]

I've been given the writing prompt "'No act is intrinsically criminal'. Discuss" How should I go about thinking about the writing prompt? What are some philosophical issues I should think about in ...
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When did psychology separate from philosophy and become a science?

I was hearing a recorded lecture on the philosophy of science, and I heard the author mention that various disciplines (math, physics, etc...) separated from philosophy and became established ...
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Sigmund Freud related work to writer self empowerment by autobiography

I am writing my thesis on Quest of Feminine Identity, and i came across the theory of Sigmund Freud that said that Feminist Writers use Autobiographies as means of self empowerment, exploration ...
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Creativity in mathematics [duplicate]

Hello can anyone especially e.g. an actual mathematician, from the horses mouth, explain what role this has in mathematics, both through the whole course of learning skills and mathematics, and ...
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What is going in our mind if we can not apply previous successes to current situations? [closed]

I'm not sure if this question would rather fall under the term psychology, but since there isn't yet a psychology SE forum, I hope it meets this site's criteria. Situation: I begin to tackle a new ...
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Do we dress for other people or ourselves? [closed]

This leads to a larger question about ego and ambition, but to keep it simple... A lot of people dress to look good in front of people, so they choose items they think will look good. Other people ...
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Is our general level of abstraction in ethics hypocritical?

We have come to discover that a high level of serotonin (the leadership chemical, and what falls during depression) improves one's ability to think abstractly. Some of our greatest gains in thinking ...
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Does the existence of ethics(as a set of rules) imply lack of empathy in humans? [closed]

Suppose we would have enough empathy to understand each other in any circumstance. Wouldn't all the discussion of any problem resolve to free will(of the participants of the problem) only? Would, in ...
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Philosophy and Psychology of Emotion

" We are all comfortable using terms to refer to things that seem non-physical objects, such as "Tuesday," "justice," and "luck." These things seem to be able to affect physical things, e.g. "Tuesday" ...
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Should I be content with short-term happiness and avoid thinking about long-term concerns?

I am very happy, if judged from a third-party perspective. I have absolutely no problems related to relationships, behaviour, health, finance, knowledge, etc. In fact, lately, I've been getting ...
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Is the age of Tristan Kurilla (10 year old charged with homicide) relevant to his trial

One of the top news stories today is that of Tristan Kurilla, a fifth-grader from Pennsylvania, who is being charged with criminal homicide after beating a woman to death. Kurilla is currently being ...
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Are we born critically synthesising concepts?

Following this question asking about whether we are born 'critically thinking'; which suggested this question asking whether we are born with Kants categories. Expanding further on the original ...
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Are we born with Kantian Categories?

Following this question; given that Kantian Categories are required to sythesise Concepts and for the conditions of experience; does this mean that we are born with them?
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What is it like to be happy?

I accept that pain is a quale, or qualia. But does anyone suggest that happiness and sadness, aren't - that someone who has never been happy doesn't learn what happiness is by being happy, that we ...
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Who is the Big Other, and is there a little Other?

Zizek often draws on Lacan term the Big Other; what is this and what does it mean? One supposes that there may also then be a little other - is this right? What would be sensible examples of either ...
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Should scientific realists reject knowledge obtained by psychology?

Psychology wields a fair amount of power in our society - criminals are sentenced or released based on the evidence of psychologists. Employers often rely on psychological tests to determine whether ...
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Is the belief “I have Impostor Syndrome” paradoxical? [closed]

Is is possible to ever say "I have an Impostor syndrome" and be right? From wikipedia: those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. ...
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What is the meaning of “meaning of life” and why do people seek it?

One of the oldest questions is "What is the meaning of life?". But what does the concept of "meaning of life" actually mean? What does it mean for something to be the "meaning of life"? And why is it ...
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Fear of failure

Most of us may have witnessed times where the fear of failure is used as an effective tool to bring out the best or to make people perform. On the other hand, performing under constant fear may result ...