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Influence & Personality Psychology

In this area you will find our compilation of articles on personality types, how we are affected by the traits of our personality, and how people influence each other, be it through 'brainwashing', roles or language...

In this area you will find our compilation of articles on personality types, how we are affected by the traits of our personality, and how people influence each other, be it through 'brainwashing', roles or language...



Authoritarian Personality Authoritarian Personality

Are You Authoritarian?

  How much do you agree with the following statements?   People can be divided into two distinct classes - the weak and the strong. Some people are born with the urge to jump from high places. No weakness or difficulty can hold us back if we have enough willpower. Most of our social problems would be solved if we could...

Social Influence Social Influence

Psychology of Influence

What causes us to obey to authority figures such as police, teachers and politicians and why do people conform to social norms? A number of psychologists have tries to explain obedience and social influence, and in this section of Psychologist World we look at studies, theories and explanations of the influences we succumb to in every day life. The...

Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment

Slave To Your Role?

Zimbardo's Stanford prison experiment revealed how social roles can influence our behavior. We look at how it was conducted and what we can learn from it.

Brainwashing Brainwashing

Brainwashed

Brainwashing, its origins and its use in cults and media.

Leading Questions: How Interviewers Influence Eyewitness Testimonies Leading Questions: How Interviewers Influence Eyewitness Testimonies

Leading Questions

A leading question is one which leads or persuades a person towards giving a particular response. The way in which a question is ‘framed’ - the use of particular wording and limiting the range of acceptable answers - can direct a person to giving an answer that lacks the accuracy of one provided in response to an open-ended question. For...

Foot-in-the-Door as a Persuasive Technique Foot-in-the-Door As A Persuasive Technique

Foot-in-the-Door Persuasion

The foot-in-the-door technique (or FITD) is a strategy used to persuade people to agree to a particular action, based on the idea that if a respondent will comply with an small initial request then they will be more likely to agree to a later, more significant, request, which they would not have agreed to had they been asked it...

Subliminal Advertising Subliminal Advertising

Subliminal Advertising

How subliminal advertising has been used to influence the public, including examples.

Are You Neurotic? Test Are You Neurotic? Test

Are You Neurotic? Test

Find out if you're neurotic with our free test.

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