It's a given of criminal proceedings that some people will lie in the courtroom if it suits their purposes. They'll lie about where they were, what they saw or did, why they did it, how they felt. Whom to believe?
The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less: Amazon.co.uk: Barry Schwartz: Books
Brian Thorm's insight:
A simple read but quite interesting nonethless, in a world were we value choice we can sometimes forget that choice (especially too much of it) can be stifling rather liberating and by seeking more choice rather than being satisfied with what you already have can intice more stress than what is necessarily needed. Instead, by having fewer choices that satisfy a criteria and not always being on the look out for another alternative you can give more of your energy to making decisions that are more relevant to you and important in the long run. Such as carefully deciding which house you want to buy, not the colour of your new car radio.
Having less choice can can free up a lot of mental energy which is good for your well being and you are more likely to place importance to things that actually matter and run less risk of decision paralysis. A good read and supported by various studies which all in all shifts your perspective on your future decisions.
Our need to make sense of things on the other hand can also be a hindrance when we go too far the other end by fixating on one idea and only excepting information supporting this idea whilst ignoring everything else even though it may discredit...
Brian Thorm's insight:
Your expectations can influence your perceptions blinding you to anything thats not a part your expections.
If a woman doesn’t want to have sex with her husband but does it anyway to please him, is she codependent or compassionate? That was the subject of debate a few days ago among some friends and I. Half said she was codependent and half said compassionate.
The line between codependency and compassion can be fuzzy because the intentions of both appear the same. However, while compassion promotes effective communication and mutual respect, codependency destroys the foundation of healthy relationships.
Psychology of promiscuity: When more is less VOXXI The psychology of promiscuity may not seem that mysterious; sex has become so mainstream and the public is so comfortable with exploring sexuality that promiscuity might even seem a little outdated.
It’s one of the most well-known psychology experiments in history – the 1961 tests in which social psychologist Stanley Milgram invited volunteers to take part in a study about memory and learning. Its actual aim, though, was to investigate obedience to authority – and Milgram reported that fully 65 percent of volunteers had repeatedly administered increasing electric shocks to a man they believed to be in severe pain.
In the decades since, the results have been held up as proof of the depths of ordinary people’s depravity in service to an authority figure. At the time, this had deep and resonant connections to the Holocaust and Nazi Germany – so resonant, in fact, that they might have led Milgram to dramatically misrepresent his hallmark findings.
How positively you see others is linked to how happy, kind-hearted and emotionally stable you are, according to new research. In contrast, negative perceptions of others are linked to higher levels of narcissism and antisocial behavior.
“At the core of our relationship with work [people] is the psychological contract — comprised of our perceptions and beliefs concerning the exchange agreement that exists between ourselves and our employer [clients].” - Dr. Marla Gottschalk. If we start out with the wrong notion about networking, developing relationships with other people, then we are immediately put on the back foot and for sure, relationships will be ‘harder’ and take much more energy.
Studies have shown that not every dollar contributes equally to perceived wealth, people’s standing relative to those around them often predicts well-being better than net worth does, and increasing income trends are preferred over decreasing ones.
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