Posts Tagged Under: psychology

The Psychology of Why We Go To Work Every Day

Everyone tells you that you have no obligation to hold on to a life-sucking job just because the pay is good. But the pay is necessary to put bread on the table, often not just for yourself but for a whole family. So how do you manage a situation where you hate what you do but you still have wake up every morning and go to that dreadful job?

As it turns out, you don’t have to do anything. It’s your manager who has to do something about it so that everyone gets what they deserve. But what?

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Does Mobility Make Us Narcissistic?

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What was the last tweet you sent out and what device did you compose it on? A recent study by Goldsmiths University of London has uncovered some interesting facts about our tweeting habits, including the fact that we are considerably more self-centered when tweeting from our phones.

The research paper, published in the Journal of Communication, reveals that tweets fired off from a phone are 25% more negative than the ones sent out from a computer. The explanation is as simple as you’d expect

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Made a Mistake? Which Of These 16 Reactions Characterizes You?

In communication, it’s equally important to convey as it is to acknowledge. That’s how dialog works, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. People make mistakes, but not everyone apologizes or even realizes that they made a blunder.

It all boils down to empathy. Humans have it in different levels, which is why there are bullies on the one hand, and drama queens on the other. Empathy is the ability to understand and even feel what another person is experiencing from within the “victim’s” frame of reference. In short, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.

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William James Said It First

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Isn’t it awesome to find that you’re capable of more than you thought? Unexpected realizations have a special place in our hearts, and for good reason too: doing what we thought to be impossible marks our existence in the most profound ways possible. Think the light bulb, the telephone, or rockets to the moon.

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Pop Quiz: Which Of These 16 Personalities Is You?

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Rationality is described as the quality of being reasonable when hard facts are to be considered. It represents a balance between bias and the person’s reasons for that bias, but also one’s actions with respect to the reasons for action. Psychology, economics, and even artificial intelligence as sciences place tremendous focus on reasoning.

But what would society be like if people were perfectly rational? According to Julia Galef, president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality (CFAR), “…our confidence in a claim would match the amount of evidence backing it up. We’d change our minds in response to good arguments. We wouldn’t stay stuck in jobs or relationships we hate, or make the same mistakes again and again.”

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