What Is the Organismic Valuing Process?

Organismic valuing process

In Carl Rogers’s theory of personality, the organismic valuing process refers to evaluating subjective experiences in order to determine the possible impact they will have on self-improvement. What Is the Organismic Valuing Process? According to Rogers, the underlying motive that drives behavior is the need for self-actualization. In other words, we are always striving to … Read more

What Is Weber’s Law?

Weber's law

The just noticeable difference, also known as the difference threshold, is the smallest possible difference between two stimuli that can be detected at least half the time. According to Weber’s law, this difference threshold is a constant proportion of the original threshold size. Weber’s law, named for German physiologist Ernst Weber, is a principle of … Read more

3 Ways to Help Children Develop Self-Control

Helping child with self-control

Learning self-control is an important part of healthy social and emotional development. Obviously, when kids lose their self-control and start throwing a tantrum in the middle of a crowded store or during a family gathering, it can be immensely frustrating for parents. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that parents and caregivers can do to … Read more

Quotes by Psychologist Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers Quote

Carl Rogers was a humanistic psychologist who played a key role in the development of psychology. He developed an influential non-directive approach to psychotherapy known as client-centered therapy. His philosophy centered strongly on the idea that people are basically good. Carl Rogers’ Theory Rogers believed that all people have what is known as an actualizing … Read more

Scans Reveal How the Brain Handles Setbacks

Brain Scans

We all face setbacks in life, but we often handle them quite differently. Some persist even in the face of huge obstacles while others give up too soon after facing difficulty. A new study published in the September 4, 2014 issue of the journal Neuron takes a closer look at what happens in the brain … Read more

Understanding Emotions: How to Improve Emotional Awareness

Understanding emotions

So much of our daily lives are ruled by emotions, from the feelings that guide our own actions to how we think about and respond to other people. Understanding emotions and being able to sense how other people feel—as well as understanding the actions and events that lie behind those emotions—is paramount to our social, … Read more

Abnormal Psychology: Definition and Examples

Abnormal psychology.

Abnormal psychology is an area that focuses on people who exhibit behaviors that are considered atypical compared to a norm group. When most people hear the word ‘psychology,’ abnormal psychology is probably what immediately springs to mind. Psychological disorders, psychotherapy, and psychiatric treatments are all subtopics related to the field of abnormal psychology. A Closer … Read more

Erikson’s Stages of Development

Stages of psychosocial development.

Erikson’s stages of development explain how personality develops and changes throughout the course of the entire lifespan. It is one of the major child development theories that has influenced our understanding of how kids develop through childhood and later life. An Overview of Erikson’s Stages of Development As each person progresses through life, from infancy … Read more

Benefits of Meditation

Psychological benefits of meditation

What simple activity can increase your concentration, lower your stress, and help you sleep better? These are just a few of the many psychological benefits of meditation. Fortunately, you don’t need the mental training of a Buddhist monk to reap some of the many benefits of meditation. There is a growing body of research that … Read more