Posts By Lucia Grosaru

10 (Psychological) Reasons why we like Dexter Morgan

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There must be (logical) reasons why the world fell in love with the character of Dexter Morgan as portrayed in Showtime’s series “Dexter”. How do we come to empathize with a blood-spatter analyst by day turned serial killer by night? I’ve selected 10 reasons why I believe Dexter’s such a sweetheart in our minds.

The (Kung Fu) Panda Metaphor

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So it took me two years to post a blog entry about one of my favorite animated movies: “Kung Fu Panda”. I recall I was anxiously waiting for a DreamWorks comedy, but what I actually got has been so much more rewarding.

Considering the multitude of hidden and not-so-hidden messages and lessons, “Kung Fu Panda” is a movie that is destined for children and adults also. Kids can be charmed by the wonderful Asian style world depicted in the story, but the adventure of Po is quite a resource for learning so much about values like honour, honesty, modesty, the importance of one’s roots in his/her destiny, the power of belief (and especially self-belief), significance and basically getting to know that life is what you make of it!

Famous Swiss Psychologists

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Psychology Corner starts this year with an article presenting the main Swiss contributors in the field of psychology. Carl Jung, Jean Piaget, Hermann Rorschach and Max Lüscher have changed the way we understand and approach theory, development and diagnosis in psychology.

Toddlers and child beauty pageants – Risk factors for severe psychological turmoils

Children Beauty Pageants

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Make-up, hair extensions, teased hairstyles, clouds of hairspray, flippers (fake teeth), sophisticated costumes, screaming crowds (mostly mothers), weird postures, twitched face expressions, tiaras, trophies, money and more or less talent are the ingredients for the usual child beauty pageants, along with exercised smiles and hysterical crying and outbursts.

Famous French Psychologists

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Psychology Corner has started its journey presenting you with an article called “Famous Romanian Psychologists”. We have decided to make a habit out of this and once in a while to choose a nationality and dedicate an article to its most famous psychologists or contributors to the field.

This time we have focused our attention on France, for its psychologists, psychiatrists and neurologists have brought a new light upon developmental psychology, psychopathology and other significant branches.

Although far from being a full presentation of their work, this article aims towards creating a general view upon the most distinguished French scientists that have enriched the domain of psychology with their discoveries.

Extreme Science : Dr. Demikhov and Dr. White

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Two-headed dogs, monkey head transplants , standalone living brains and brains transplanted in dog necks. These are the experiments that shocked the world during the 1950’s and 1970’s.

Although the media and the scientific community often referred to the authors of these experiments as “monsters”, “Frankensteins”, “beasts”, “mad scientists” and catalogued their work as “grotesque”, I will still referr to them as Dr. Vladimir Demikhov and Dr.Robert White, due to the respect I have for people that dedicate their lives to science. However, that does not mean I subscribe to their methods.

Do Mouse and Keyboard equal Shield and Sword?

Sword and shield

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Picture this: a young man, heavy armor on, helmet, a shield in his left hand and a sword in the right one, sitting in front of the castle gates, surrounded by cheering villagers and welcomed by a thankful king that’s going to proclaim the man a hero, for he has saved the entire kingdom from destruction. That is our medieval knight. Now picture this: another young man, jeans on, checkered shirt, sitting in front of his computer, surrounded by pizza cardboard boxes and soda cans, saying “Yeah, man!” while seeing on the monitor the long expected message : “Game Over”. This is our contemporary PC gamer. The two men apparently have nothing in common, but what if we take a closer look?

Famous Romanian Psychologists

Psihologi Romani

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Psychology, as a distinct scientific field, has been introduced to Romania in 1893 by Eduard Gruber, but what seemed to be a promising start has been cut short in the 1970s by the former politic regime. For almost 20 years, Romanian psychologists had to choose between giving up psychology (and perhaps reorient towards philosophy and educational sciences) and practicing it in an underground manner. Psychology was re-instituted as an academic discipline in 1990 and step by step recovered. Nowadays, the new generations of psychologists are ready to take over and complete the works of their predecessors and also open new directions of research.