Technology creeps. When sociologists worry about how the digital age is changing us, it’s not so much that terminator robots are going to rise up against us. It’s that technologies are habit forming, and habits – especially the bad kind-are addictive. Like the frog that boils to death in a … Continue reading →
Too many people think of psychology as a quaint side point to their daily lives; an abstract science that has little bearing on how they live. In reality, it’s what guides life itself. As Carl Jung once pointed out, more people have died because of imagined beliefs and flaws in … Continue reading →
Studies have consistently shown that merely changing our facial expressions can change our mood. When forced to smile, people become happier, and when told to clench their teeth, they get angry. These results hold true even when participants are tricked into maintaining these facial expressions, such as when asked to … Continue reading →
I remember my mom telling me, “there’s always going to be someone who’s a better singer. There’s always going to be someone more fit. There’s always someone who’s going to be, in your mind, better than you — who you’re comparing yourself to. But you can’t do that, because you … Continue reading →
One of the more destructive habits that our society excels at is labeling. We routinely attach negative labels to all types of people, actions, or events: Terrorists Predators Monsters Degenerate Perverted Despicable Illegal’s Sickening Evil Catastrophic Horrific These destructive labels have become so commonplace that most people absorb them without … Continue reading →
Those not living in a cave have no doubt heard about the two murders who escaped from a New York prison. Without arguing about the justness of this manhunt, I wanted to non the less point out some of the false perceptions that are involved in it and how they … Continue reading →
“Have you heard of the Loneliest Whale. There’s this whale . . . It swims through the ocean, and it has the call unlike any other whale’s. So it doesn’t have anyone to swim with. And everybody feels so sorry for this whale — but what if this whale is … Continue reading →
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