Jürgen Fuchs (right) – here in a meeting with civil rights activists Christian Kunert, Gerulf Pannach and Wolf Biermann (left to right) in West Berlin – was subjected to the Stasi’s psychological methods.
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11.03.2020 in Science, Context

Psychology for the Stasi

The internal security service of the former German Democratic Republic (Stasi) used highly targeted psychological methods to discredit dissident citizens and break their resistance. In the 1970s, the Stasi even introduced “operative psychology” as a subject at its university in Potsdam-Golm. Professor Uwe Wolfradt explains how psychology was misused by the Stasi and how it affected its victims. Read more

Positive psychology examines, for example, how happiness can be influenced.
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12.10.2017 in Science, Context

Positive psychology

Anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders are major themes of traditional psychology. Happiness and playfulness are seldom discussed. Positive psychology, which has gained a lot of attention in recent years, looks at precisely these aspects. Psychologist Dr René Proyer explains why. Read more

Faster, more flexible and more global: smartphones, tablets and laptops allow us to be reachable around the clock. (Graphic design: Unicom Werbeagentur GmbH)
20.04.2015 in Research, Featured, Science

No clocking off after hours?

Always online, always available. According to a study carried out by the Association of the German Information and Telecommunications Sector, 77 percent of Germany’s workforce is reachable by mobile phone or e-mail after hours by colleagues, managers or customers. Psychologists at Martin-Luther-University in Halle are getting to the bottom of the phenomenon of being constantly available. Read more

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