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the scientific study of social relationships and phenomena.


/so·ci·ol·o·gy/ (so″se-ol´ah-je) the scientific study of social relationships and phenomena.


Etymology: L, socius + Gk, logos, science
the study of group behavior within a society.


n the study of group behavior within a society.

Patient discussion about sociology

Q. i suffer from fear of heights ... is there any sociological way to treat it and make it less effective?

A. Fear of heights is a very common specific phobia, in psychiatric terms. Nowadays the best way of therapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),in which a person learns how to deal with the phobia through cognitive thinking in steps. It is a very recommended method in psychology/ psychiatry these days.

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If we analyze the public administration from the sociologic point of view, this only represents an amount of human collectivities performing certain activities in the favor of other people.
The sociologic study called "The status of women in the Republic of Moldova" pointed out the fact that the majority of women (42%) work 6-8 hours at their jobs and 29% are busy with their home choirs about 4-6 hours a day.
al (16) showed the following as determinants of male involvement in sub-Saharan Africa; sociologic and socio-demographic health service related factors.
If we wish to preserve the area, we need to consider both the management and the sociologic aspect of the peninsula," he noted.
Epidemiologic, Economic and Sociologic Aspects of Hernia Surgery in the United States in the 1990s.
This environment consists of the economic and sociologic background represented by the region where networks of various subjects are anchored, these subjects involve private as well as public sector actors (public administration authorities; university sector or scientific-research sector is delimited --only some types of public organizations are included; non-profit organizations).
Instead, the "gros" were more often identified by terms like "maitres," "interets," or "rois," slogans that Birnbaum qualifies as "metaphors lacking any sociologic or economic meaning" (25).
In the book, the problems of the post-Yugoslav republics are analyzed with rather a sociologic perspective.
Annie Le Brun rappelait recemment que le champ de la mythologie, tant pour les romantiques allemands que pour les membres du College de Sociologic, s'etait constitue en rempart face au cynisme de la raison technicienne; du fait de sa nature immemoriale, le mythe supporte en effet les consciences poetiques en quete d'elles-memes, tout en leur permettant de se tenir a l'ecoute des battements de cceur du present.
This is why CNIL approaches it not so much as a new topic of regulation per se, but rather as a way to describe the concept necessary to grasp the new economic and sociologic landscape that currently takes shape.
The 1961 Muslim Family Laws Ordinance covering marriage and divorce, the most important sociologic reform that they supported, is still widely regarded as empowering to women.