Tag Archives: psychology

Psychological Pressure, Guilt, and Recanting Domestic Abuse

Imagine you've been abused by your spouse.  You've been brave enough to call the police, and your abuser has been taken away to be charged.   Then the phone rings.  It's your spouse…using their one phone call to call you. … Continue reading

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Crowd Control (or Lack Thereof)

The New Yorker had a fascinating article by John Seabrook about crowd control, crowd deaths, and crowd psychology.  What I found most chilling was the description of what actually physically happens when you are in a dense crowd.     In … Continue reading

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Physics, Psychology, and Escaping from Zip Ties

Found an interesting practical use of physics and psychology, via the ITS Tactical blog:  How to Escape from Zip Ties.  The videos linked there demonstrate several methods for breaking/slipping out of zip ties, should you find your hands bound by … Continue reading

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A Portrait of Psychosis

There’s a great piece on PLoS Blogs about the question of exactly how psychosis starts.  When is eccentricity suddenly psychosis?  When does a fantasy or a fascination become a sign of illness?  And how does a mind attempt to deal … Continue reading

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Why Unimportant Decisions Are So Hard

From Wired, an article discussing why we find small, unimportant decisions to be so difficult.  The authors of the study cited suggest, People generally associate important decisions with difficulty. Consequently, if a decision feels unexpectedly difficult, due to even incidental reasons, people may draw … Continue reading

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