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Warm Parent, Cold Parent

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Warm Parent, Cold Parent

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. — Robert Fulghum Parenting is hard—or at least I assume it must be. I mean I’ve never been a parent, but thinking of myself as a child takes little effort to recall moments that must have caused my parents to debate the age restriction on fire station drop-offs. And I was the good child 😉 Now, for nearly all forms of life, an animal’s premier purpose is to raise offspring to continue the genealogy.  So, in today’s blog, let’s explore how this...

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300 Short Conversations

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300 Short Conversations

The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a god-king can bleed. — King Leonidas, 300 On March 19th, 2012, I wrote my very first post for this site, First Foray (though, I’m not linking it here because it’s terrible).  Now, over five years later, I have written my 300th post. Nearly every Wednesday (or hungover Thursday) I wrote something for this site, but what that something is has changed over the years. Matured. Sharpened. Doubled in length...

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Dreaming of Whom?

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Dreaming of Whom?

I dream my painting and I paint my dream. — Vincent van Gogh Dreams are mysterious; even science isn’t totally sure what they are. Well, we know what they are (electrical impulses in the brain that mirror the pulses we emit when we’re awake). It’s just unclear why our brains have dreams at all. Now, just as unsure as we are about the purpose behind dreaming, so, too, are we unsure about the cause behind the content of our dreams. Or in other words, why do we dream the dreams we do? Some evidence suggests that recent events (e.g., a...

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The College Dream

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The College Dream

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. – Diogenese Not to brag (which means I’m about to), but my girlfriend, Jaylynn, is amazing. In addition to having the courage and drive to apply for college after being a few years out, she received scholarships for most of her education. However, that funding didn’t cover everything, and in addition to taking classes, she has to work to pay for the rest. Now, back in 1980, if a student wanted to go to college, he or she would need to work about 250 hours at minimum wage to...

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A Nudge for Tomorrow

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A Nudge for Tomorrow

So to put it simply, forcing people to choose is not always wise, and remaining neutral is not always possible. — Richard Thayer, author of Nudge It’s always easier to identify problems rather than provide solutions. Just ask my dentist. Unfortunately, it’s no different in psychology, where the purpose of the field—arguably more than any other science—is to improve the human condition. So…it’d probably better if this science did more than go about shouting how messed up we humans are. And in certain capacities, they have....

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Sins of Science

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Sins of Science

Racism is man’s greatest threat to man–the maximum of hatred for the minimum of reason. — Abraham Heschel I am outraged by the explicit racism that transpired this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I am livid at hearing others defend it. To quote Marco Rubio: “The organizers of events which inspired and led to the Charlottesville Terrorist Attack are 100% to blame…When [an] entire movement [is] built on anger and hatred towards people different than you, it justifies and ultimately leads to violence against them…The...

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The Paradox of Too Much Choice

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The Paradox of Too Much Choice

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. — John Dewey On Netflix, I sometimes worry that I spend more time looking for movies than I actually spend watching them. Actually, I’m pretty sure I do. From movie selection to sock shopping to deciding which toe nail to clip first, I often can’t help agonizing over my choices. Of course, there are those jerks who look at their options, find one that seems good enough, and then call it a wrap–but I hate those people. However,...

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The Clutch

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The Clutch

Courage is grace under pressure. — Ernest Hemingway At its core, athletics like basketball, football, and fútbol, serve much the same function as the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome. Of course, our versions today possess fewer decapitated heads than those Russel Crowe depicted, but there is nonetheless the same competition, “combat,” and human excellence in full display. So, how do our best “warriors” of today (e.g., LeBron James, Abby Wambach) deliver such great performances?—especially under pressure? Today’s post is for all the...

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The Mover’s Dilemma

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The Mover’s Dilemma

No matter how much you move, you still take yourself with you. – Elizabeth Stirling Over the past three days I have been doing everyone’s least favorite pastime: moving. Boxing up junk you know you don’t need; lugging said boxes that may or may not cause everlasting back injuries; and then reopening those boxes and wondering why you decided to move in the first place. However, like everything in life, there’s a large amount of psychology behind it, and here at Everyday Psychophilosophy, we have you covered. THE GREENER GRASS According to the...

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When We Got It Wrong

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When We Got It Wrong

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes. — Jawaharlal Nehru For the last week and a half, I have been at summer camp for social psychologists. No, that isn’t a made-up thing. And yes, I am an adult. (Well, kind of.) From 9:00am – 5:00pm every day, I have been taking classes with two of the foremost professors on psychological interventions: programs that implement social psychology to improve the world around them. But social programs like this aren’t always based on rigorous empirical research, and when they’re...

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