Psychology Isn’t Just for Understanding Illness

a thought bubble drawn on a blackboard with chalk. Inside the chalk thought bubble is a real lightbulb
Image by Pixabay / CC 0

It’s curious. Many times when I disclose to someone that my background is in psychology, they immediately get defensive.

I can visibly see the difference in someone’s posture. They become guarded, worried that I’m going to analyze them.

That, in essence, I’m scanning them for defects. A bit like one of those space-age devices designed to examine the newly introduced alien artifact for signs of potential disease.  » Read more

Continue Reading

Haters Gonna Hate

“Keep your eye on the intuitions, and don’t take people’s moral arguments at face value. They’re mostly post hoc constructions made up on the fly, crafted to advance one or more strategic objectives.”

-Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

*

A month or so ago,  » Read more

Continue Reading