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  1. The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Going against the Hollywood stereotype of a powerless blonde girl getting ruthlessly murdered, the writer/director/producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer wanted to create a hero, someone with the special powers to kick butt and protect others.

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  2. Depression: Psychology Lessons from Harry Potter

    While not many of us have lost our parents to a dark wizard, many of us can relate to a deep deep sense of loss, having lost someone or something that meant a lot to us. That is also the story of Harry Potter. From the very beginning of the series we learn about the terrible loss, depression, and trauma that Harry and later, his friends, endure.

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  3. The Psychology of Inspirational Women: The Walking Dead’s Michonne And Carol

    The Walking Dead is a popular comic book, video game, and TV series about people trying to survivea zombie (or “walker”) apocalypse. The show revolves around specific group of characters; protagonist Rick Grimes and his crew. But though Rick is the series' lead, the most inspirational characters in the show are, arguably, Michonne and Carol.

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  4. How League of Legends Uses Colors To Affect Players’ Behavior

    Everything is science if you look deep enough.

    Even if you've never launched your own summoner into battle for another team's nexus, you've probably heard about Riot Games' constant efforts to make League of Legends a more civil and welcoming space for its players, using such tools as rewards for good behavior, temporary bans for bad behavior, and more. A whole lot more. Like, stuff you could write a psychology dissertation on, more.

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  5. The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Korra

    If you watched The Legend of Korra, you might have first sensed that something is wrong with Korra at the end of Season Three. During Jinora’s ceremony, as Tenzin delivers his speech thanking the Avatar for all her help and wishing her a speedy recovery, Korra is seen sitting in a wheelchair, tears in her eyes, and a stony look on her face.

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  6. Dealing With Anxiety: Psychology Lessons from Harry Potter

    Harry Potter does such an outstanding job of demonstrating how different characters cope with anxiety and fear that I couldn’t resist using these examples in my work with patients with anxiety. Here is how Harry Potter can be incorporated into therapy, and what we can learn from the series about facing our own fears.

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  7. The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Storm

    Even our heroes are scared of something.

    This is the first in our new Psychology of Inspirational Women series, in which Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Janina Scarlet talks us through the mindset of our favorite female characters.

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  8. Brain Orgasms, Spidey Sense, and Bob Ross: A Look Inside The World Of ASMR

    Oh, such a good scientific mystery!

    Since discovering the scientifically controversial but definitely awesome phenomenon known as ASMR, my life (and my browser history) has changed drastically. So why don’t more people know what I’m talking about?

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Things Get Freaky In First American Horror Story S4 Cast Photo

    Featuring bearded lady Kathy Bates.

    Those looking forward to American Horror Story: Freak Show have only until October 8th to wait. I should catch up on AHS, right? I feel like I should.

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  10. Facebook Secretly Used 689,003 People for a Psychological Experiment [Updated]

    ...but I think I might be fine with it.

    Facebook has been caught in a scandal after it was discovered that in 2012 they turned 689,003 users into unknowing participants in a psychological experiment. It's sneaky, arguably unethical, but surprisingly I think I'm actually on Facebook's side on this one.

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