Frequently Asked Questions About Molecular Psychology

I grew up seeing my parents do and enjoy everything together. Despite having three kids, they always made sure to have a “couple of times,” which usually meant that they would go on a week-long trip in or out of the country and leave us to our grandparents. Some traditional families used to frown upon that and say, “How could you have fun when you leave your kids behind?” but I found that genuinely remarkable. It showed me early how much my parents loved each other – that they were not staying together just for us, which was a more typical case in many households than I ever imagined. 

Now, I would not be quick to jump to the conclusion that my parents had a perfect marriage. In all honesty, they had a habit of picking a specific topic under the sun and debating it. Sometimes, they would end up laughing hysterically; other times, one would get upset for losing. Again, it could be weird for people outside our family, but you should know that my parents were professional debate moderators, so they were used to such activities (though it did not make them immune to feeling hurt if their argument could not win).

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I remembered that one of the biggest arguments they ever had was about molecular psychology. I was already in high school back then and had psychology among my electives. My teacher raised a question – “Do you believe that people act a certain way because it’s in their nature or because they have been nurtured to act like that?” – and I thought of gaining my parents’ opinion on the matter. 

My mother started the debate by claiming that people were not born good or evil – they learned their traits from their surroundings. Not to admit defeat easily, my father argued that people could be born good or evil, that it’s already in their genes. The prominent traits might not appear in the beginning, but it was still there, ready to be triggered. 

What’s crazy was that neither of my parents was psychologists, psychiatrists, or at least therapists. They were lawyers (hence their debating skills). Still, they both made valid points, which only made it challenging for me to answer my teacher’s question. 

That was until I discovered molecular psychology, of course.

What is molecular behavior? 

Molecular behavior refers to the interaction between molecules in the body as a group instead of a whole. The same idea works in psychology, considering experts believe that you can analyze different behaviors little by little. This is an old approach that some mental health professionals may still use.

What is molecular genetics in psychology? 

The basic definition of molecular genetics is that it is a biology field that focuses on genetic function and structure. Studying genes at the molecular level also reveals an individual’s personality traits. This area of interest can help psychologists tell if a person’s behavior is innate or if they have learned it from their environment. 

How do we use psychology in everyday life? 

  • It can help you feel motivated to change different aspects of your life that may be keeping you from moving forward.
  • It provides tips on how to improve your relationship with your colleagues and become an excellent leader that other people want to follow.
  • It gives you a chance to develop your nonverbal skills and express yourself even without opening your mouth.
  • It offers enough information on how to become more decisive than usual and end up with sound decisions all the time. This is especially important when you are dealing with stress and financial management.
  • It allows you to understand how memories work and how you can hold on to some and get rid of others.
  • It can improve your learning skills and help you soak up more information than ever.
  • It shows you how to use your time better and do different activities effectively.
  • It can tell you that mental health affects more than the mind, so you need to take care of your body, too.
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What is molecular biology? 

Molecular biology refers to the field of biology that analyzes how molecules interact, what their structures look like, and what they are made of. This area is important because the cells can tell why a person behaves or thinks in a certain way. This way, the experts can use the information to create treatments more effectively.

What are molecular tools? 

The molecular biological tools (MBTs) refer to laboratory tests that biologists use to assess if an object of interest will break down naturally over time. These are fundamental analyses as experts depend on them to monitor the molecules’ performance, among other things. They also allow the experts to identify other organisms that may be affecting the molecules.

How much money does a molecular biologist make? 

The average income of molecular biologists annually is approximately $80,000. This is assuming that you have been working for a few years now. If your career has barely kicked off, you may only expect around $40,000 every year. But if you are practicing for a long time now, you may be able to double the average salary of a molecular biologist.

Is molecular biology a promising career? 

Molecular biology is technically a great career, considering it will allow you to understand an organism down to its molecular level. However, the reality is that molecular biology does not create the most in-demand jobs anywhere on the globe. Based on research, the demand is only expected to grow by less than 3% in the coming years.

How many years does it take to become a molecular biologist?

Someone can only become a molecular biologist once he gains a doctoral degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or a similar field of study. This entails that the individual will have no choice but to spend at least ten years in the university. Then, you need to add to that the number of years required for training and internship.

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Final Thoughts

Since I thought that molecular psychology made sense, I had to take my father’s side and agree that the genes could indicate if someone would turn out to be good or evil. I even presented studies to my mother when she raised an eyebrow, assuming that I was taking sides for no reason. She eventually admitted that molecular psychology won her over, too, but only after making me promise that I would not tattle to Dad.

Parents, am I right?

Winter Depression Treatment, Light Therapy, Hugging, And Cuddling  

Some people who claim to have normal mental health almost all year round experience depression during the same period every year. Such condition is known as winter depression in which they may sleep too much or may show to have little energy.  

 

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Extreme Cases of Hoarding

Collecting or keeping things is part of our human nature; we do this for us to preserve the sentimental value behind everything we keep. We collect items such as dolls, cars, watches and the likes because it gives us the satisfaction of seeing things that we like. The art of collecting involves organized and careful handling of things, which makes the collections very pleasing to the eyes. Collecting things with purpose is done in a more organized and rational way.

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Paraphilias: How They Develop And Possible Treatments

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As a complex human experience, sexuality manifests in patterns unique to each person, deriving from the way fantasy imagery merges with his or her sexual and emotional development. — Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.

There is a great deal of controversy associated with deviant sexual behaviors and preferences. The definition of what is normal over aberrant or disordered is partly dependent on the cultural view of acceptability. Paraphilia is defined as a strong sexual attraction to an object or people other than genital stimulation. Having an unusual taste regarding sexual behavior doesn’t automatically result in having a paraphilic disorder; it needs to cause distress and threatens the psyche of the self, others, and the community.

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Five Interesting Mental Illness Syndromes

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The human mind is fascinating. The magnitude of creativity, ideas, thoughts, and memories it can process is endless. Due to this wonder of the mind, it is a subject of many research and studies most especially on topics of mental health, geniuses, childhood development disorders and many more. People are familiar with mental disorders that commonly affect the population; however, some syndrome and disorders are rare but quite interesting to look into.

Stockholm Syndrome

The condition is characterized by psychological respond of the victim towards the victimizer. The victim exhibits signs of loyalty, sympathy and even voluntary compliance to the suspects. This is commonly discussed in cases of hostage abduction, but there are instances where the syndrome was observed in rape, and spousal and child abuse cases. The syndrome was first seen in 1973. It occurred in a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden. The hostage exhibits the classic signs of the syndrome towards their hostage-takers to the point of defending and refusing to testify against them. Another well-known example of Stockholm syndrome is when Patty Hearst, a daughter of a millionaire was kidnapped in 1974; later, joined her kidnapper in an organized robbery. As any management of severe trauma, psychotherapy and supportive modalities are utilized as well as addressing the co-morbidity conditions if there is any.

Professionals have expanded the definition of Stockholm syndrome to include any relationship in which victims of abuse develop a strong, loyal attachment to the perpetrators of abuse. Some of the populations affected with this condition include concentration camp prisoners, prisoners of war, abused children, incest survivors, victims of domestic violence, cult members, and people in toxic work or church environments. — Sharie Stines, PsyD

Cotard Delusion

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The delusion is also referred to as walking corpse syndrome. The person believes that he/she is dead or do not exist. Also, some people with this condition think that they have lost all their blood and internal organs; in short, living zombies. Due to this belief, they don’t crave for food or water since it is not essential for a dead person.

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

This disorder happens when the primary caregiver acts like he/she is caring for the sick individual most often young children when in fact, the child as well. Usually, people with this condition fabricates stories about the symptoms exhibited of the supposedly ill child, alters diagnostic tests, falsify medical records and to the point of inducing symptoms through various methods like starvation, suffocation, poisoning, and exposure to infection. These are commonly experienced by parents or adult children of elderly patients. The fabrication is usually done for sympathy and attention rather than for financial gain. Management often requires the inclusion of social worker, foster care organizations, law enforcement, and health care providers.

Long-term studies of children with disorganized attachment have found that, as parents, they often become either compulsive or controlling caregivers. — Joni E Johnston Psy.D.

Reduplicative Paramnesia

It is composed of a delusional belief that location has been duplicated or exists in different places simultaneously. Others believe that it has been relocated to another site. It is merely a delusion of doubles like Capgras syndrome but only refers to a place. The term was first used by a neurologist Arnold Pick in 1903 to explain the condition of a patient with suspected Alzheimer.

Stendhal Syndrome

 

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The condition was named after the 19th century French author Henri-Marie Beyle (1783–1842) – better known by his penname ‘Stendhal’ – who at the age of 34 years (in 1817) described in detail his negative experiences (in his book Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio) of viewing Florentine art of the Italian Renaissance (and hence it’s alternative name as Florence Syndrome). — Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D.

The person feels dizzy, increased heart rate, hallucinate or even faint because they find a place too beautiful or if too much art surrounds them. There are intense anticipation and longing to be in that specific position that when it happens in real life, the experience can be too overwhelming for the person; thus, exhibits signs associated with Stendhal Syndrome.

Identifying Mental And Emotional Abuse – Part 2

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Last week, we left off with signs of mental and emotional abuse. Symptoms like attacking the victim’s self-esteem, control on the person, and displaying accusations without basis. For this blog, more signs will be revealed, signs that you might think is normal, but in reality, it is already abuse.

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Helping Someone In Grief

The experience of grief is different for everyone, and it has no timetable. Grieving, however, is a necessary part of the coping and healing processes. — Jacqueline Pearce, MSEd, MHC

Dealing with the death of a loved one is always challenging emotionally, and it can take a significant amount of time to reach the stage of acceptance and rebuild a life with a “new normal.” However, when the loss is abrupt and unexpected or accompanied by violence and horror, the impact is intense to the bereaved cognitive, physical, psychological and emotional status. These past few years, the world has seen various events that can be categorized as horrifying and senseless death such as mass shootings, terroristic activities, plane crashes, massive vehicular accidents and natural disasters like hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes. Whenever we are put in a situation where we can provide support to bereaved family, friends, and coworker who has been affected by the sudden loss.  It is ideal to take note of the facts about the effects of sudden and unexpected death to the loved ones left behind and how to help them deal with this type of tragedy.

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Identifying Mental And Emotional Abuse – Part 1

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Abuse can come in many forms, not all being apparent and physically visible. Mental and emotional abuse is a more nefarious kind of abuse since it’s very hard for others and even yourself or the person being abused to detect when you are in the midst of it.

Abuse of this kind seeks to frighten, isolate, and control a victim and is enacted through an abuser’s words and actions (that are not directly physical). The persistence of these actions to reinforce the abuse is a common trait of emotional abuse and is usually done by someone close to the victim like a lover, spouse, or family member.

Emotional abuse can be every bit as devastating to individuals and relationships as physical and sexual abuse. And the pain of experiencing emotional abuse can be heightened when you feel unsure whether what you are experiencing is normal or okay. —  Betsy Smith, MEd, LPC-S

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Effects Of Prolonged Emotional Abuse – Part 2 (How To Recover)

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Although it is most often thought of in terms of intimate partner relationships, emotional abuse can occur in other types of relationships as well. Parent-child relationships, for example, can be marked by emotional abuse, sometimes continuing well into adulthood. —  Betsy Smith, MEd, LPC-S

Last week, short term and long term effects of emotional abuse were discussed. This week, it will be about recovery, but before that, a word of advice.

Woman, you are beautiful and precious in your way. You must not let any man use and abuse you physically, mentally, psychologically, and emotionally. Phenomenal woman, that’s you – said Maya Angelou. Remember that.

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Effects Of Prolonged Emotional Abuse – Part 1

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“You are such a stupid woman.”

“Useless piece of crap, that’s what you are.”

“Worthless wife.”

“Can’t you do anything right?”

These are just some of the words women hear from their husbands, partners, or boyfriends, and yet, they silently accept it. True – words cannot create a physical wound. It can do more than that, for it harms a woman’s heart, mind, and, soul.

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