Tag: psychology

8 Winning Ways to Think Like a Freak

March 17th, 2016   •   no comments   

Think Like a Freak Stephen Dubner Steven Levitt

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (courtesy of Freakonomics Facebook page)

Conventional wisdom can be a bitch. While there may be occasional wisdom in crowds, the truth is that fools seldom differ.

If going with the flow could land us in hot soup, how then should we solve the many problems in our world?
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Are you a giver, taker or matcher? [Psychology]

September 18th, 2015   •   no comments   

giver taker matcher
Courtesy of Red Revival

Is it truly more blessed to give than to receive? Are there situations where we should not just give but receive?

Well, the answer as you would imagine is that it all depends.
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How to prevent yourself from dying a slow death

July 31st, 2015   •   no comments   

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Image from ahhh_poetry

Have you heard the story of the frog in a boiling pot?

Well, if you drop a live frog into a boiling pot of water, it would immediately leap out and save its life. If, however, our webbed protagonist sits comfortably in a pot of room temperature water which is slowly heated up, it would be slowly boiled to death.

Frog legs, anyone?
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How To Market Yourself Through Fascination

March 8th, 2015   •   3 comments   

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Sally Hogshead knows how to fascinate you (source of image)

Ever wonder how people perceive your unique self? Keen to use those insights to market yourself better and improve your social influence?

In a fascinating episode on the Social Media Marketing podcast, Sally Hogshead, author of How the World Sees You, shared how we can use the science of “fascination” to build your personal brand, impress others and improve our social influence.
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Online Consumer Behaviours – Insights from a Psychologist

January 25th, 2015   •   2 comments   

Online Consumer Behaviours - Insights from a Psychologist Nathalie Nahai the web psychologist (courtesy of Waggener Edstrom)

Do people behave differently online and offline? What makes us so addicted to Facebook, email and Twitter?

In an interesting podcast episode of Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation, web psychologist Nathalie Nahai, author of the book Webs of Influence, revealed how online platforms, mobile technologies and social networks converge to influence consumer behaviours.
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Have You Got a Successful Mindset?

November 3rd, 2014   •   no comments   

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Why do some people perform amazingly well while others falter despite starting off at similar positions in life?

The difference, according to eminent Stanford psychologist Dr Carol Dweck, is in the mind. Or more accurately, one’s mindset.

Speaking at an episode of Knowledge for Men, Dr Dweck believed that success isn’t predicated on one’s intelligence or talent. Rather, it is embodied by how one perceives and copes with failures and setbacks. This difference accounts for why kids who are academically on par may achieve vastly different outcomes in their eventual careers.

How one views failure and success can be determined by whether one has a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
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The Power of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

June 27th, 2014   •   no comments   

The Power of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Courtesy of Fearless Men

You woke up late. As you rushed to get ready for breakfast, you stubbed your toe against a table.

“Ouch! #%*@&!”
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Are You Trapped in Your Filter Bubble?

June 10th, 2014   •   2 comments   

Are you trapped in your filter bubble
Courtesy of brainpickings.org

Are you seeing the same old posts on Facebook? Or stumbling across uncannily accurate ads that scare the wits out of you?

Well, beware of the filter bubble. It can narrow your world view, limit your exposure to new and innovative ideas, and reinforce negativity. Unlike other bubbles, this one doesn’t burst unless you make special provisions to change the way you behave online.

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Why Prison and Locker Rooms are Pink

March 19th, 2014   •   no comments   

Why Prison and Locker Rooms are Pink
Pink prisons aren’t just fashionable – they work! (source: The Cairns Post)

Have you wondered why seeing red makes you mad? Or why Apple products are so popular with creative types?

Thanks to a fascinating podcast on Social Triggers Insider, I discovered the answers from social psychologist Adam Alter, author of Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave.

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How to Make Better Decisions

February 16th, 2014   •   1 comment   

How to Make Better Decisions
Courtesy of Life Hacker

Decisions, decisions, decisions. If only you can make better ones in the course of your work and life.

Thanks to a recent podcast on Derek Halpern’s Social Triggers Insider featuring Dan Heath, co-author of Decisive, I uncovered a couple of secrets to making good decisions.
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