Oversimplistic Heuristics or Rules of Thumb
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Post No.: 0448   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Humans operate on some basic and reasonably predictable instincts that primarily evolved long before the species created this modern world. We can essentially break human behaviour down into a number of heuristics that … Read More

Size Matters, or Matters of Size
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Post No.: 0447   Furrywisepuppy says:   I primarily exist as a tiny furry beast. But which size is better – ickle or large?   The bigger they are, the harder they fall, where there’s atmosphere – as size increases … Read More

Breaking Out of Worry
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Post No.: 0446   Furrywisepuppy says:   Sometimes, a few truisms and motivational quotes – even if they’re clichés or rationalisations – genuinely work to pick us up when we’re consumed with worry or feeling down. So here are some … Read More

Overcoming Barriers to Creativity
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Post No.: 0445   Furrywisepuppy says:   Some people think that they can only be creative in the mornings, after they’ve drank a few beers, a few coffees, if it’s quiet, if it’s noisy, or some other ‘perfect conditions’ – … Read More

Don’t Push Away but Help the Mentally Vulnerable
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Post No.: 0444   Furrywisepuppy says:   Whenever there’s a murder case involving a suspect with a speculated mental health problem, some news outlets start to spew out unverified conjectures that are emotive, fear-mongering and stereotypical. They don’t even always … Read More

False Confessions Means False Justice
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Post No.: 0443   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Confessions are highly persuasive. Less than half of suspects in criminal cases make full confessions but they’re the number one reason for determining a conviction if a case goes to trial.   Confessions … Read More

What’s Your Negotiation Style?
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Post No.: 0442   Furrywisepuppy says:   We last looked at reacting to ultimatums in Post No.: 0375. Here, we’ll go through the most common negotiation styles.   Competitive – win-lose. Has a high concern for getting what one wants, … Read More

Outgroup and Ingroup Homogeneity Biases
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Post No.: 0441   Furrywisepuppy says:   The less we know, the more we over-generalise, stereotype and possibly fear – the ‘outgroup homogeneity bias’ is the tendency to see outgroup members as more alike or as having less variance with … Read More

Our Personal Life Narratives
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Post No.: 0440   Furrywisepuppy says:   Our personal life narratives encapsulate our identities and purposes, our dreams and goals, our life experiences and paths, and our meanings and values. All of these things shape our personalities, behaviours and of … Read More

Our Weak Compared to Strong Moral Evaluations
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Post No.: 0439   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Our ‘weak or non-moral evaluations’ are those evaluations that are highly subjective, such as what pudding, painting or piece of music is best, and we wouldn’t really be bothered if someone else differed … Read More

Finite Precious Elements and Recycling
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Post No.: 0438   Furrywisepuppy says:   Indium for touch screens, rhenium for jet turbines, neodymium for magnets in motors, lithium for batteries, helium for MRI scanners… These things we need (or want) for our technological civilisation are all rare … Read More

The Identifiable Victim Effect
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Post No.: 0437   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘identifiable victim effect’ is the tendency to respond more strongly towards a single identifiable person at risk than towards a large group of unidentifiable people at risk.   When we choose where … Read More

We Like Those Who Like Us and Who Are Like Us
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Post No.: 0436   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Being pleasant, charming and likeable is probably the most important factor when it comes to persuasion. The people we like are more influential on us – we’re more likely to want to do, … Read More

Can Humans Be Considered Rational Agents?
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Post No.: 0435   Furrywisepuppy says:   Almost every decision in life is a gamble with varying odds – including eating that sandwich, crossing that road or deciding to stay in or go out tonight (even if there wasn’t a … Read More

Coaching Players with Athlete-Centred Coaching
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Post No.: 0434   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Coach-centred coaching’ is when the coach makes all of the decisions and gives instructions, while the players are passive in the coaching process.   ‘Athlete-centred coaching’ is when the coach involves the players … Read More

Humans Versus Other Animals!
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Post No.: 0433   Furrywisepuppy says:   Just some musings today as a shape-shifting frisky furmiliar who often takes on the form of a human being. As you might guess, taking on these multiple perspectives is going to have some … Read More

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