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What are the real motives of people helping to each other?

TLDR While I have provided a full answer explaining Karpman's Drama Triangle, you can skip that and go to the last heading (Your question). Basis of my answer If you are approaching this question as a ...
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Is there a scientific explanation for dramatic body shaking and trembling in religious settings? (see videos for illustrative examples)

The exhibited behaviours are episodic glossolalia, collapsing, fainting, trembling, jerking, convulsing, contorting, and shaking. The individuals performing these episodic behaviours report ...
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What is the difference between a bias and a heuristic explained in layman terms?

A heuristic is an approach to problem solving, a bias is a prejudice; so in what way do these terms confuse you? I respectfully disagree. I have noticed that the term bias and heuristic are used ...
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Name for problems with a short-term pay off but small long term cost?

I agree with @Fizz that there is probably no specific name for the type of problem in question, but the behaviour involved is referred to as self-control, or more loosely, willpower. Thus, the type ...
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Is talking to oneself loudly a very common sign of schizophrenia?

Before I answer this question, I would like to point out that at the bottom of Schizophrenia.com is a disclaimer, and part of it says No health information on Schizophrenia.com, including ...
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How does one escape learned helplessness?

History Martin E. P. Seligman, has written extensively on the nature, etiology, and significance of learned helplessness, and in 1975, he broadened the scope of learned helplessness from animal ...
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What hormones stimulate non-sexual intimate behaviour?

But I'm wondering if any of these hormones are linked with physically intimate non-sexual behaviour, like hugs, kisses and cuddles. Kissing is a little messy because it could be characterised as ...
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Does suppressing a desire make it more powerful?

First of all, your question title asks about suppression, and your question in the main text asks what empirical evidence exists to support the notion that repressed desires will make them stronger? ...
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Is an avoidance of incest/inbreeding learned or instinctive?

This is not my field, but I gave it a quick search. This article seems to speak directly to this question, summarizing and comparing multiple theories to each other. In light of these theories, the ...
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What's the behaviour of downplaying the importance of something you wanted but didn't get called?

In general, rationalization is: ... a defense mechanism in which controversial behaviors or feelings are justified and explained in a seemingly rational or logical manner to avoid the true ...
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Do we all look at pictures from left to right?

When reading you are performing a trained or learned skill, so if your instruction taught you to follow certain order that's what you do. There is a transfer of this behavior ( or any other learnt one ...
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Name for problems with a short-term pay off but small long term cost?

I don't think there is quite an established term for it; I found several: "difficulty of envisioning long-term consequences" will turn up occasionally in discussing behavior such as smoking "reward ...
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Do we know a priori any rules about the world?

This is a pretty popular research topic! One good place to start might be with the work of Spelke, she's all over this. Try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNq_a_wgdgQ If you prefer written ...
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Nature vs. nurture in irritability?

You will have to investigate quite a few factors: There must be a genetic/epigenetic factors to this because we know that personality trait neuroticism has genetic and environmental factors. You ...
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Why some papers suggest that losses and gains are coded by the same mechanism while other suggest that distinct circuits anticipate gain and loss?

Because we still don't know exactly how the brain works. That's why we do research. If these authors knew the answer ahead of time, neither of them would have done the study. These are research ...
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Is there a scientific explanation for dramatic body shaking and trembling in religious settings? (see videos for illustrative examples)

As the OP notes, this has been a difficult topic for Skeptics.SE. I'm going to try to answer here, but over on Skeptics this would probably be labelled as "Original Research". The problem ...
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Does the brain's reward system also work when the reward comes before the experience?

Short answer Operant conditioning through positive reinforcement is always established by applying a stimulus after the behavior. Negative reinforcers can, however, be deployed before the wanted ...
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Best meditation techniques to overcome Behavioral Addictions?

Several years ago, I was unsuccessfully searching for a study that evaluates the efficacy of many different interventions in the context of addictions. However, I did find a cognitive behavioral ...
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Is an avoidance of incest/inbreeding learned or instinctive?

The answer is that we don't really know. It is understandably difficult to conduct experiments on humans in this field, so many theories remain speculative. The two competing forces (nature and ...
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How is hypnosis not mind control?

Since I vaguely remember a similar question not that long ago, let me use this one to quote from one the few peer-reviewed papers (doi link; preprint pdf). that discusses the notion of "mind control": ...
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Is there a named psychological condition for people who find every bad thing to be someone's "fault?"

I thing what you are looking for is scapegoating : Scapegoating is the practice of singling out any party for unmerited negative treatment or blame as a scapegoat. Scapegoating may be conducted ...
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What is this stratagem called when someone talks to you like you're a slow-witted kid?

There are a few terms which can be used for this. The answer from @AlwaysConfused could describe the situation if you are actually talking to them like a child as stipulated in the title, but ...
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In a class room setting, why do people look at you when you are asking a question?

Well, your ears are shaped in a way that is optimized for sound sources in front of you, so it could be that. But my non-expert bet is that probably they're using gaze to signal that they're paying ...
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Is there a Big Five personality assessment under an open-commercial license?

IPIP Scales: The IPIP scales are in the public domain: https://ipip.ori.org/ They are intended to have no restrictions on use (see https://ipip.ori.org/newPermission.htm ). See in particular, the ...
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What is it called to attack a person then say something uplifting?

It sounds like a variant on the sandwich technique, which is advocated by some as the preferred way to deliver critical feedback to a person, like a student or employee. The sandwich technique can be ...
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Why do right-handed people put things in their left pocket, and vice versa?

Q: Why do right-handed people put things in their left pocket, and vice versa? A: I suppose that the left pocket means the left shirt-pocket because, in the case of pant-pockets, it is the right pant-...
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Are there any studies regarding elderly people and learning resiliance?

This isn't quite my area of expertise, but I did find a couple recent papers that attempted to use behavioral interventions to improve some measure of resilience in older populations and showed ...
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Hobbies / interests correlated with Big 5 scores?

Yes. One example is that people high in Openness to New Experiences are interested in aesthetic experiences including museums and being in nature, and novel experiences as you'd expect from the name. ...
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Psychological explanation for exorcisms?

Google Scholar reveals a substantial quantity of learned research on the topic of exorcisms, of which the items below are but a few: Ferracuti, S., & Sacco, R. (1996). Dissociative trance ...
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What's the behaviour of downplaying the importance of something you wanted but didn't get called?

Being the mother of 2 teenage daughters, I'm going with... Self-deception https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-deception
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