Mountains or Ocean? It Says a Lot
Jan04

Mountains or Ocean? It Says a Lot

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. — Aristotle I have a simple question for you: In general, which do you like better, the ocean or the mountains? Although this may seem like a meaningless question, research shows that if you prefer the ocean, you tend to be more extroverted, whereas if you chose the mountains, you tend to be more introverted. In fact, this also applies to your preference of related activities....

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The Formula for Charisma
Apr06

The Formula for Charisma

Charisma is not just saying hello. It’s dropping what you’re doing to say hello.  — Robert Brault People have told me I’m charismatic. And by people, I mean my mother. And in that moment, she was being sarcastic [the waitress just didn’t understand the complexity of my pun]. Even still, I have clung to that compliment to this day, using it as objective evidence that I am in fact charismatic. However, this faulty use...

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The Need to Belong
Dec09

The Need to Belong

Man is by nature a social animal…Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god. — Aristotle I made the following brazen claim to someone today: “Give me anything about life, and I will apply social psychology to it and write about it on my blog.” Interested in the challenge (and surprisingly not turned off by...

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The Halo Effect
Mar04

The Halo Effect

Our understanding is correlative to our perception. – Robert Delaunay This last week, I went from the sub-zero temperatures in Columbus, OH to shirtless strolling on the sands of Long Beach, CA for a social psychology conference. Oh, how glorious that golden sun doth be! But speaking of glorious, golden things we all hope to have above our heads, today’s post is about the halo effect. One of first studies conducted on this effect was...

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Read This Blog Because You Read
Feb25

Read This Blog Because You Read

They always talk who never think. – Matthew Prior Unlike a lot of people, I enjoy flying. Sure, the seats are uncomfortable; the cabin pressure can make your ears hurt; and human beings, in general, are the worst. However, how often do you get the excuse to do whatever you want—read a magazine, watch a show on your laptop—without any guilt at being unproductive? But in order for me to actually enjoy this indulgent ride, I first had to...

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