2016 is coming to an end and, as every year, we look back to bring you a collection of the most viewed articles .

This year has been a great year for our portal, as our growth has been spectacular: we are currently the most visited psychology website in Spanish and with the most Spanish-speaking followers. A real reference in the sector of psychology, neurosciences and health.

Since without you it would not have been possible, the team of Psychology and Mind wants to share with you our most sincere gratitude.

“Psychologically Speaking”: our first book is released

But this year has also been important for us because, after the great success of our project and the great reception it has had, we have produced our first book on psychology. Its name is “Psychologically speaking: a journey through the wonders of the mind” , and it has been published by Ediciones Paidós, a firm of the well-known communications company Grupo Planeta. Our work is on sale both in Spanish bookshops and here.

Psychologically speaking, it is a very complete and at the same time enjoyable text, written in an accessible and informative tone. This book is aimed at readers who are curious about the world of psychology, since in its little more than 300 pages, the authors invite you to take a deep look at the history of the science of behaviour and mental processes. The book also talks about what psychology is and what it is for, and reviews the functioning of the brain and the most important discoveries of psychology and neuroscience, among other attractive topics. A book you can’t miss if you are a lover of this discipline.

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The best articles of 2016

Coming back to the magazine, this year we have published many articles that have been very much appreciated by our readers. This post is a list of the 20 posts that, according to your verdict, have been most successful. Don’t miss them!

15. The creepy effects of a new drug: ‘Krokodil’

Krokodil or Desomorphine is a very dangerous household drug that is widespread mainly in some areas of Russia and Siberia. It is used as a substitute for heroin and is ten times stronger than heroin. It is also much cheaper and much more toxic. Its consumption is very dangerous and the effects can be irreversible and even fatal. It receives this name because of the effect it has on the skin of the person who consumes it, as it becomes green and scaly, like that of a crocodile.

14. Gestalt theory: laws and fundamental principles

There are different theories and approaches in psychology, one of the most popular is the theory of Gestalt, which proposed a new way of understanding psychology , based on holistic principles, very different from the dominant paradigm at the time of its emergence, behaviorism. This psychological theory is also used in therapy, which is known as Gestalt therapy.

13. Types of Leadership: The 5 most common types of leaders

There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss, and there are also different leadership styles. Whether a leadership style is good or bad depends on many factors in the organization: the culture, the objectives being pursued, the personality of the employees, etc. This article explains the different types of leadership and their characteristics.

12. The 5 major personality traits

One of the most popular theories of personality psychology is the well-known Big Five Model. In this model, personality is understood from five components or traits . These are: factor O (openness to new experiences), factor C (responsibility), factor E (extroversion), factor A (kindness) and factor N (neuroticism or emotional instability). These personality dimensions form the acronym “OCEAN”. You can learn more in this post.

11. Burundanga, the drug that can make your will disappear

Burundanga is a drug that is becoming popular in recent months because of the consequences it causes in its victims, since it provokes a state of submission that weakens the person and nullifies their will. This is taken advantage of by criminals and sexual aggressors, who supply the substance to the victim in order to steal, rape or even murder her. Victims rarely remember what happened.

10. Types of love: what different kinds of love are there?

Love is one of those extraordinary sensations that we human beings can feel. That’s why it generates so much interest among psychologists, sociologists and anthropologists. There are different types of love that we review in this article, and in it we expose one of the most popular theories regarding this phenomenon: Sternberg’s “Triangular Theory of Love”.

9. The 16 most common mental disorders

Mental disorders are frequently diagnosed today, and everyone has heard of some of them, such as depression, anxiety or schizophrenia. According to experts, one in three people suffers or will suffer from some kind of mental disorder during their lifetime . But which are the most frequent ones? Which ones suffer the most? This article answers these questions and looks in depth at the most common mental disorders.

8. Your sleeping position says a lot about your personality

Is there any relationship between our personality and the position in which we sleep? It seems to be. At least according to researcher Chris Idzikowski, coordinator at the UK Sleep Institute, who has studied the six most common postures we humans use during sleep. The conclusions of his analysis reveal that, after studying the six most common postures of humans, each is associated with a personality type.

7. 10 keys to increase your self-esteem in 30 days

Self-esteem is a psychological variable that affects our well-being, and is involved in different problems such as anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, addictions, etc. The fact is that, low self-esteem is one of the most frequent reasons for psychological consultation . In this article you can find some advice on how to identify the assessment we make of ourselves and what is happening to us and how we can solve it.

6. Albert Bandura’s Theory of Social Learning

Albert Bandura is one of the most influential behavioral theorists. Bandura, as an exponent of the behavioralist paradigm, takes into account the environment as a key element of learning. However, without ignoring the cognitive component, since in his theory he gives much importance to the influence of expectations in our learning and the regulation of our behavior. Modeling is a very important part of his theory and of human learning.

5. 11 movies about emotional intelligence that you should see

Emotional intelligence is a construct that has gained popularity in recent years, as it positively affects our well-being. Emotional intelligence is used in therapeutic, work, educational and even sporting contexts, and many individuals benefit from its practice. This article gathers 11 feature films on emotional intelligence that you cannot miss.

4. The Sociocultural Theory of Lev Vygotsky

Lev Vygotsky is another of the most important figures in educational and developmental psychology, as he has provided a great source of knowledge for both psychologists and educators, for example, in terms of collaborative learning or the zone of proximate development . This post collects the most important ideas of this famous theorist.

3. Jean Piaget’s Theory of Learning

Together with Vygotsky, Jean Piaget is another of the most important psychologists who have focused their attention on the study of the cognitive development of the youngest. Piaget says that there are a number of stages that all children go through in the development of intelligence. Likewise, he is the maximum exponent of the constructivist paradigm, affirming that human beings are active beings and build their own learning .

2. Namaste: what exactly does it mean?

“Namaste” is a word from the Sanskrit language (the classical language of India) and in many of the Hindu dialects it is used to greet or say goodbye to someone. Today, Buddhist philosophy enjoys great popularity in the West, and namaste is a term often used in our immediate environment. Individuals who practice yoga, meditation or Mindfulness may already know the meaning of this word. If you do not know it yet, in this article you will be able to go deeper into this concept.

1. Asperger syndrome: 10 signs to identify this disorder

This post closes this ranking of most viewed articles. Many of our readers have been interested in this text, which exposes ten characteristic signs of this disorder. Asperger’s Syndrome falls into a broader category, the so-called autism spectrum disorders . It is characterised by the fact that it affects social functioning, communication and language, motor skills and the activities and interests of the person suffering from it. Despite these limitations, their intelligence is usually normal.