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What is the word to describe the sudden emotional shift from being motivated towards sorrow? [closed]

Here is the moment from a story: For the first time after several years, he laced up his shoes and stepped outside to start his run. However, the run turned to a walk as his thinking turned inward ...
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What's a word that means a brainteaser or puzzle so easy that you must be "inattentive" if you can't solve it and yet some normal people can't?

There's a type of question I've seen on YouTube (but can't find now) that is asked like a brainteaser, but is too easy to be really called a "brainteaser", but some (a small minority) people ...
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Is there a word or phrase for the subversion of a pleasant thing becoming a negative thing? [closed]

When something associated with positive emotions becomes associated with its opposite negative emotions, it often appears to embody these emotions more strongly than something that didn't have the ...
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What is a term for "fear of very large enclosed spaces"?

I'm intrigued by a hybrid of claustrophobia and agoraphobia (more accurately, "kenophobia"), which H. P. Lovecraft had: Of the celebrated "phobias" of the modern psychologists (or ...
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Word or phrase for the phenomenon (or thinking error) where people will be satisfied with an answer simply because it was difficult to arrive at?

As per the title, I'm looking for a word or short phrase that describes the phenomenon where people will accept an answer or solution that was difficult to arrive at, simply because it was difficult ...
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Referring to the quality of doing the best in what one does

What is the single-word or phrase referring to the attitude or quality of someone desiring to do the best in whatever they set out to do (regardless of the end goal). Example: The new employee John ...
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How to describe someone who gives to others but takes from closest ones?

I am looking for a term that would fit the following 2 descriptions at the same time even though they sound opposite: Someone who gives and helps others, not for looks but because it makes them feel ...
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Why does it feel as if I'm "cheating" when I look words and concepts up? [closed]

Many, many times a day, I encounter an English word or perhaps a name/location/whatever which I don't immediately understand. I then press a key on my keyboard which brings up a special search field ...
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Is there a way to describe group behaviour where everyone in the group thinks another member is going to do a task so nothing is accomplished? [duplicate]

I feel as though there is probably a more elegant and succinct way to describe that kind of behaviour. Imagine a group of friends going to an event and everyone thought the other was bringing the ...
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What are the main clause and subordinate clauses in this sentence as spoken by a four-year-old child with DLD [closed]

And they be happy they got the airplane. I have said one main clause is ‘they be happy’. The second main clause is ‘they got the airplane’. Is this correct? Are there any subordinating clauses in ...
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Hallucination and meditation [closed]

Can we say that imagination in Meditation is a hallucination? When I imagine something in meditation can I hallucinate or hallucination is unconscious and meditation is a conscious experience . ...
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What does 'intimated' mean in the following sentence? [closed]

As we shall see, when satisfaction is invoked in Othello, and by Othello himself, what is being sought is proof and revenge, knowledge and retaliation, certainty and redress. And what is more than ...
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Is there a term for "not wanting to do something because someone else has already done it"?

For example, person A does something that person B was planning on doing, but person B does not want to do it anymore for fear of being seen as "unoriginal" (even on something not creative) ...
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Academic term for the human tendency to optimize and defend familiarity in one's daily life

There is a word (likely an item of psychological jargon) which I heard once in a YouTube video and keep finding a need for. It was a "state of being" adjective that I remember beginning with ...
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What do you call a person who is not involved directly in a situation but they have some ideas and assumptions about it?

linguists! We are conducting research on a suicide, and we are asking people who have suicidal ideation/behavior about the possible causes, but we're also asking those who don't have about what they ...
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The phenomenon of walking backwards to remember a lost thought

I used to have "senior moments" long before I actually became a senior, such as walking from one room to another and forgetting what I was... An older friend advised me that in moments like ...
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Sport or sports psychologist

I need Your help with grammar since english is not my native language :) I'm making an award look a like gift for my dear friend but I don't how to name his profession correctly - is it sport ...
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A name for the lag time of memory when catching up to new developments

Is there a name for the lag time of memory for when something in your environment or life changes, and you need to get accustomed to it? It’s kind of a catch-up of memory for updated knowledge to ...
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What is the term for subconsciously doing something that you think you're dreaming

A friend of mine has been having these weird bouts of subconscious life interruptions. Not sure how to explain it correctly, that's why I'm here, I've researched it but I don't know how to explain it ...
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Specific Term for prejudice/prejudiced behaviour (racial, gender, etc...) that justifies itself by a prior history of prejudice?

If someone made the following, certainly problematic, statements: "There is a higher risk (member of oppressed minority) will underperform at a job or task, since it is more likely they are ...
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What is the term for someone who hates themselves on the behalf of others?

Many forums have addressed this and none to my satisfaction. A narcissist loves their ideals, or something about themselves, just as a sociopath. Those who loathe their own existence do not always ...
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What is this condition called?

Over a decade ago, I read about a condition where you love to solve the intricacies of a challenging problem or issue but can't be bothered to actually do the work to implement or prove it. Is this an ...
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A word or idiom to describe someone who has fears or reservations when others are doing or thinking the same

I vaguely remember a quote floating on the WWW that says Be careful if everyone else is doing the same. Exaggerated example: Tom loves to ride. He has an impeccable passion in riding and ...
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Attitude towards being close to others

What does one call the desire not to be too close to other people, and further, the aversion against that - on the street, on the beach, in public transportation, etc? (What is considered "too close" ...
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Feeling of forcing oneself to do something

I'm looking for a word that captures that feeling of forcing oneself to do something that is not motivating anymore. Normally when one has motivation, it takes little to no effort to start doing it. ...
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What is it called when you begin to exhibit similar personality traits as someone close to you?

Especially someone you live with, whether that be a partner, roommate, family, etc. I feel like there’s a psychological term for this. Like how we pick up little quirks in passing, or how the ...
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Expression or cognitive error in assuming one person's fault on a community

Is there a term in psychology or English language to express the cognitive error in extrapolating one person's fault on the entire community? Example: A: Doctor A is arrested for unethical medical ...
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Word for knowing what to do and not doing it

I think most will agree it's a really common human condition: Knowing what to do and not doing it. I recently found a word that describes this condition and now have lost that word. I would ...
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What do you call someone that acts on possibilities? [closed]

I'm making a video game, I can not think of what you call a person that acts on possibilities, like what mindset do you call them or what type of person are they? Example: Hi traveller, I might help ...
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Term for confusing similarities with exact matches

I'm looking for a term that applies to the kind of mindset/thought process where someone sees a couple of similarities between two things, then decides that 'They're the same' or 'They just copied ...
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Name for a Freudian slip in a leading question?

A leading question occurs when someone asks a question that suggests a particular answer, presumably intentionally. Is there any special term for when this occurs subconsciously - i.e. when the asker ...
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Word for internalizing excessive critique & acting upon it

When a parent or a person of authority excessively critizises a child like "you never get your homework on time" even if this was a false accusation the child will internalize those remarks and begin ...
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Is there a single word for unhealthy ego?

This article actually explains my question http://stonepsychology.com/is-your-ego-healthy-or-unhealthy-heres-how-to-tell/ very well. If we say some action is driven by 'ego' we often mean that the ...
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What is the word for or a psychological term for person who knows how to do a job but says he does not know because he does not want to work? [closed]

If I am assigned a work and i know how to do it but I will say i do not know because I do not want to work.
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Term for the brain's automatic [psychological] response to being told to do something; to not want to do that thing anymore

I was wondering if there are any terms that describe a psychological response to this specific type of interaction- something along the lines of: You know what academic work you have to do for a ...
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Antonym of black and white thinking (or splitting)

Splitting is a type of cognitive distortion where one sees a situation from an all-or-nothing perspective. What could we call the type of thinking that is not based on extremes? Would "balanced ...
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"projective activity" in cognitive sciences context [RESOLVED]

I'm was not sure what is meant by projective in this context. As in the case of understanding spoken or written language, an enormous amount of general knowledge is constantly mobilized in ...
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What's the etymology of "limerence"?

Limerence is basically a word coined in 1979 by American psychologist Dorothy Tennov. It's a very obscure term, even among psychologists. In fact Tennov's followers in 2010 remarked how few ...
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Hate people touching or using his things [closed]

What do we call a person who don't share his or her personal belongings or things with others? or hate people touching his things
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Specific word if it exists? [closed]

A word or a feeling that describes specifically when ONLY meeting new people?
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Is there a term for not identifying with your current age?

"Transgender" refers to someone who doesn't identify with their birth gender. "Transracial" refers to someone who doesn't identify with their birth race. Is there a term for someone who doesn't ...
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The term for doing what others tell you is impossible [closed]

I am looking for a word which describes the act of doing something most people think is impossible or when you want to show to someone that you are capable of doing something maybe like revenge or ...
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A Word For Someone Who Has Been Hurt By Love, And In Result Hates The Concept Of It?

So, I know this is a very advanced question, because I've looked everywhere and cannot for the life of me find the right word I'm looking for. I'm currently writing an album and I need a word that ...
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Looking for a word or idiom that describe someone whose mood changes constantly [closed]

As the title says, I'm looking for a word or idiom to describe a person whose mood changes regularly in a very short time and you never know what's going on in his head. Some examples: He can be ...
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What's that weird feeling I sometimes get in my stomach? [closed]

I can't really explain it but it's almost like my stomach feels tickly,but in a bad way,and kinda empty.I usually get it when I'm in public places(i.e. in class or out with friends) and it's like my ...
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A word/phrase that encapsulates the psychological and extortion nature of giving a false choice in order to encourage a subordinate to do something?

To expand: Imagine a situation in retail where a manager gives a worker the illusion of choice by asking the worker to do an action instead of giving an order. A form of psychology is happening here....
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Word for confusing one emotion for another

I'm trying to think of a word for one someone, at the feeling of one emotion; say, sadness or despair, reacts in another such as anger and frustration. Seeing as they don't act in a manner that ...
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Word for thinking something is happening when it's not

Is there a word for the psychological effect of thinking that something is happening and thus feeling the effects of that thing yet nothing is really happening? An example would be when you get ...
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Looking for a word that means the thrill of doing what is forbidden [duplicate]

My google search has unearthed "La Douleur Exquise" but that seems to carry mainly erotic or romantic connotations. I wonder if there is a term from psychology that is more general, or that refers to ...
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Is there an antonym of "introspection"? [closed]

Merriam-Webster defines introspection as the following: a reflective looking inward : an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings It is hard to find an antonym for looking inside oneself, ...
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