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First Impressions: The First Seven Seconds Change Everything

When you walk into a room, whether it’s for a job interview, a first date, or a casual social gathering, people form immediate opinions about you, often within mere seconds. Before you’ve even had the chance to introduce yourself, judgments are made about your competence, likability, and trustworthiness. This instinctual human behavior, shaped by eons […]

Identity and Food: A Delicious Relationship

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, food is often reduced to a mere source of nourishment or, worse, a hasty necessity. The food we consume, however, offers a profound path to self-discovery and serves as a mirror to our multiple identities. From fast food restaurants in America to sushi bars in Japan to […]

Genetics and Environment: Architects and Decorators of Our Personality

Every person is a unique blend of traits, tendencies, and quirks that make up their personality. It is personality that largely defines who we are and how we interact with the world. But what is it that shapes these personalities? The answer lies in the long-debated nature versus nurture discourse. We are now coming to […]

Behind Closed Eyes: A Journey from the Dreams of Prophets to Cognitive Processes

When night falls and we close our eyes, a vibrant world awakens. It’s a world unbound by reality, directed by the whispers of our unconscious mind. Here, dreams unfold, echoing our hopes, fears, and memories. These dreams have been a source of fascination for mankind throughout history, sparking insights among philosophers, scientists, and artists. Today, […]

Emancipation from Captivity: Stockholm Syndrome and the Kurds

In 1973, in Stockholm, Sweden, a bank was seized in a siege that lasted six days. This episode presented a paradoxical portrait of human psychology. The hostages, inexplicably, developed a strange bond with their captors. This phenomenon is known today as “Stockholm Syndrome” (Graham, 2017). But what happens when we consider this psychological puzzle at […]

Beyond Borders: The Socratic Resilience of the Kurdish People

The tales of human resilience woven into the tapestry of history offer profound lessons. The narrative of the Kurdish people is one such story, etching a potent image of resilience and strength against the backdrop of relentless oppression. In this article I explore this narrative through the lens of Socratic philosophy and modern psychological concepts, […]

Rooting for the Underdog: The Psychological and Sociocultural Drivers Behind Our Preferences

The attraction of the underdog, a widespread phenomenon in which public sympathy is often directed toward the supposedly ‘weaker’ competitor, is fascinating from both psychological and sociocultural standpoint. In this article, I examine the reasons behind our collective tendency to root for the underdog, drawing on fields such as social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and cultural […]

Voting for Change: The Power of Hope

As the gears of democracy turn and the election fever grips our nation, a palpable sense of expectation fills the air. The ballot box, it seems, holds more than just votes. It holds hope. This week, let’s untangle this thread of hope guided by Charles R. Snyder, a psychologist, and Ernst Bloch, a philosopher. With […]

Pathway to Peaceful Slumber: Understanding, Diagnosing and Overcoming Sleep Disorders

Sleep – we all love it, but it can be a fickle friend. While some of us enjoy blissful nights of uninterrupted slumber, others struggle with sleep disorders that can affect our well-being. In this column, I’ll explore the fascinating world of sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and sleepwalking. I’ll reveal their […]

Language, Culture and Identity: Kurds and Kurdish Through the Lens of Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, or linguistic relativity, has fascinated linguists, anthropologists, and psychologists for decades. It holds that the structure of a language influences the cognition, worldview, and even culture of its speakers. Although the underlying concept that language influences thought is controversial among scholars, it continues to provide an interesting framework for analyzing different languages. […]