What Is Social Facilitation? An Overview

What Is Social Facilitation

In the study of experimental social psychology and social dynamics, a concept that frequently surfaces is that of social facilitation. This phenomenon has been studied and analyzed for over a century, yet it remains as relevant today as it was when first introduced.  At its core, social facilitation refers to the tendency of individuals to …

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Exploring the Self-Serving Bias: A Guide

Self-Serving Bias

The most common type of cognitive bias is self-serving bias, where people attribute positive events to their character but negative events to external factors. When things go wrong, it is always easiest to blame everything happening around you before you blame yourself for the outcome, even if your actions directly contributed to the result. We …

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Generativity Vs. Stagnation: Navigating Midlife

generativity vs stagnation

In the intricate tapestry of human development and the various life stages of psychosocial development, midlife emerges as a pivotal epoch, marked by a profound dualism between generativity and stagnation.  This period of middle adulthood, often spanning the ages of 40 to 65, beckons individuals to a crossroads that holds the power to shape not …

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The Truth Behind “Fake It Till You Make It”

Fake It Till You Make It

In the realms of entrepreneurship, self-development, and career progression, the adage “fake it till you make it” has been both a beacon of hope and a subject of controversy.  At its core, this philosophy endorses the idea of emulating confidence, competence, and an optimistic mindset until these attributes become ingrained realities. But how practical is …

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Understanding Bereavement Leave

Bereavement Leave

Bereavement leave, an essential provision in many employment policies, is a compassionate acknowledgment by employers of the need for time to grieve.  In the challenging moments following the loss of an immediate family member or loved one, navigating through one’s professional obligations while mourning can seem overwhelming.  This guide explores bereavement leave, its importance, and …

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The Difference Between Empathy vs. Sympathy

Empathy vs. Sympathy

In an increasingly interconnected yet isolated world, empathy and sympathy emerge as critical emotional skills that foster an understanding of a person’s feelings, compassion, and human connection. Though these two terms are often used interchangeably, empathy and sympathy have different meanings and implications in psychological, social, and communication contexts. It is essential to understand how …

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Selective Perception: A Comprehensive Analysis

Selective Perception

The selective perception theory is that we will ignore stimuli that do not align with our existing beliefs or attitudes to focus on the ones that do. Selective perception is not inherently a bad practice, but over-reliance on it can lead to cognitive dissonance and a warped understanding of reality. When we are in situations …

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Ineffective Communication Examples

Ineffective Communication

One of the best ways to learn about a topic is through examples; ineffective communication is no different. Unfortunately, many people struggle to identify ineffective communication because the examples they have been given are either too obvious, unhelpful, or so specific to a situation that they are not replicable in the real world. Because of …

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The Benefit of the Doubt: A Gateway to Trust

The Benefit of the Doubt

In a world that often seems divided by differing opinions and beliefs, the concept of giving someone the “benefit of the doubt” can be a powerful tool for fostering understanding, trust, and compassion. This principle, though simple in theory, holds profound implications for our relationships, workplaces, and communities. By exploring its meaning, advantages, and applications, …

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