It is not okay to punch Nazis

This is a follow on from my post, why we fear “the other”. It contains no psychology or education per se; just my opinions on what is currently happening within my social media sphere.

The issue

I have seen many videos on Twitter and Facebook of black people punching and viscously attacking racist and prejudice “Nazis”. Not only this, I have seen self-proclaimed socialists and liberals celebrating the act and even encouraging it. I am here to say it is NOT okay to attack a Nazi, or any other racist, prejudice, homophobic, sexist individual.

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The psychology of creativity

Many of my friends have the ability to draw brilliant pictures, create incredible music or write beautiful literature. As a psychology student, I’ve always wondered what separates these creative people from us mere mortals. What goes on inside their brain’s that allows them to open up and create? Is it something mystical, or is it a real physical phenomenon that can be measured

Before we go into this, we need a quick brain anatomy refresher to understand which parts of the brain deal with creativity.

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Presque vu

If you are an avid reader of my blog, you might have read a post I wrote on déjà vu, and how there were other types of “vu” that I might explain in the future. Well today’s post introduces the second instalment in the “vu trilogy”; Presque vu. Much like déjà vu, presque vu has a number of theories that try to explain it and a few of them will be highlighted throughout this post.

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Debunking psychology myths

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.

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Déjà vu

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?

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