I have studied psychology for a long time and I constantly hear ridiculous “claims” and “facts” about the subject which are so absurd, it makes me wonder how people believe them. Because of this, I thought I’d take it upon myself to debunk some of the myths that have made their way around social media.
I’ve recently purchased a book called “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” by Oliver Sacks. The book is about patient case studies documented by neurologist, Oliver Sacks. These patients have some of the weirdest and most interesting neurological and psychological pathologies imaginable (I’m 9 case studies in and would highly recommend it!). However reading this book reminded me of some other things I’d read on Oliver Sacks and his patients, including the weird and wonderful Charles Bonnet Syndrome which I would like to share with you.
You’re in a new part of town, having a gentle stroll in the sun. You turn around the corner and suddenly this “new” part of town becomes very familiar. You’ve been here before, you’re sure of it. But you couldn’t have? You’ve never seen this place? Why does it seem so familiar? It’s this feeling that people know as déjà vu. This sensation is where an individual feels like a moment they are currently experiencing has already been experienced before, despite this being the first time. Weird right? So what exactly is going on in that head of yours?
My name is Courtney Michael Goodridge. I am 20 years old and I am currently studying psychology at university. I am by no means an expert in psychology. Not yet anyway.
This blog will aim to explain interesting or misunderstood psychological phenomena which I have learnt about through my course or what is spoken about through social media and popular culture. It is a way for me to channel my creativity in a field I feel passionate about. All information I post will be from reliable sources, which I will site for further reading.
Constructive feedback is not only welcomed, but encouraged. I hope you enjoy my content.