Theories

Here you can find out about the most interesting theories in the field of psychology. Approaches such as behaviourism, psychoanalysis, cognitivism, structuralism, or gestalt will help you find out some truly fascinating things about human behaviour.

The Karpman Drama Triangle – Human Relations

The Karpman drama triangle is a model of interpretation that emerged within the framework of psychotherapy called transactional analysis. This model presents a scheme of destructive human interactions that take place when two or more people are in conflict with…

The Absence of Problems Doesn’t Guarantee Happiness

The absence of problems doesn’t automatically lead to happiness. More important is the willingness to change and tolerate the uncertainty that fear can generate. Putting this into practice, however, can be difficult. As Albert Camus said, people obsess over finding…

Insight or Realization – What Does it Mean?

Insight is a term psychology defines as the moment in which we come to realize something. For instance, we become aware of our problems (or of their solutions), our moods, our emotions, our thoughts, etc. On many occasions, we experience…

Seven Ways of Understanding Psychology

When it comes to human behavior, it’s safe to say that there are many ways of conceiving and analyzing it. The same thing goes regarding the understanding of psychology. Let’s not forget that psychology is the discipline that seeks to…

The Drama Triangle: Victim, Persecutor, Rescuer

Psychologist Stephen Karpman came up with the theory that in human relationships that lack authenticity, you’ll often see mechanisms that he called “control games”. Part of those games involves the idea that people basically adopt three roles, or attitudes: the…

How Do People with Depression See Themselves?

We’re all fighting our own battles. Work, family, relationships… Every day is a new challenge in so many different ways. However, often the battle that leads to paralyzing depression is the one you fight with yourself. Experts state that people…

Genetics and Psychoanalysis

Thanks to some important figures in history, we have a very different perspective of personality than we did a century ago. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was one of them. His new perspective on our psyche helped him come…

The Fun Theory: Rewards Over Punishments

Until recently, we lived in a world where people thought that punishment was part of everyone’s education. School involved restricting students until they learned to restrict themselves. But we’ve mostly turned away from that idea. Thanks to theories such as the fun…

Being Logical and Consistent vs. Being an Example

Being logical and consistent could be conceived as personality traits. They either refer to your position towards a particular issue or a bypass product of reasoning. In addition, straightening your vital thoughts and experiences is positive for your psychological health.…

Scribbling: The Secret Language of Children

Children amaze us with their creativity. Since they have no internalized standard way of communicating, they can be very inventive with this in the context of social interaction. One way they do this is by scribbling. Scribbling here refers to…

The ABCs of Human Instincts

People are always talking about human instincts. Nevertheless, most people might not know what that means. This is a phrase that was borrowed from biology. It reminds us that, at the end of the day, humans are just mammals that…

What’s Explicit Memory?

Theories about memory divide it into two categories: implicit memory (or procedural), related to learning abilities, and explicit memory. Implicit memory is where you store procedures such as driving, riding a bike, or doing routine tasks on the computer. Explicit…

What Are the Different Types of Scientific Methods?

You can use scientific methods to get answers and define and organize an investigation. As a means of cognition, scientific methods reflect the object of your study. In methodology, scientific methods can be empirical or theoretical. On one hand, you…

Axel Honneth’s Theory of Recognition

Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition is based on the human struggle to be recognized. In previous eras, people fought for the recognition of their nations or for the rights of large groups of people. Currently, in a society that’s constantly…