The Invisible Influence of Cell Phones
Jun21

The Invisible Influence of Cell Phones

Cell phones are so convenient that they’re inconvenient. — Haruki Murakami If you were being mugged and had to give up either your wallet or your cell phone, which would you choose? In formulating your own answer, you probably tried to determine which of those two items was more replaceable (or rather, why the mugger was only asking for one of them…). For many people, their phone has become more indispensable than the...

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Storytelling Sexiness
May11

Storytelling Sexiness

Great stories happen to those who can tell them. – Ira Glass Everybody loves a good story. And as an extension of that, people tend to love a good storyteller. Sometimes I wonder why my mom married my dad. Sure, he would eventually help produce some amazing offspring, but she couldn’t have known that then. However, one gifted trait she always asserted is his ability to tell stories. And if you don’t believe her, just give him a...

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Power and Empathy
Dec02

Power and Empathy

Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. – John Adams These last few weeks we’ve been exploring the psychological construct of power and how it affects our thoughts and behaviors. And today’s concluding post on the topic couldn’t have had a better, real life corollary: The power went out in my house last night. Around 11:30pm, my roommate...

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Evil in His Eye
Sep17

Evil in His Eye

It’s man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that leads him to evil ways. — Buddah Today…I’m feeling a little devilish. My blood’s a little warmer. There’s an elusive gleam in my eye. The world seems primed for my conquering. Cue the grinningly sinister music. In social psychology, our focus is often on the context of the situation and how these transient factors can influence people. However, another key component of...

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Karma’s Relation to the Female Dog
Oct16

Karma’s Relation to the Female Dog

We are not punished for our sins, but by them. – Elbert Hubbard It would have been nice if my iPhone had given me the heads up about the torrential downpour to take place three minutes into my twenty-five minute walk to school this morning. Instead, I will have the lovely sensation of damp underwear and mushy socks for the rest of the day. Oh yeah. And I had my car washed last night. For a while now I’ve tussled with the belief of...

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