Cooperation for the Greater Good
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Post No.: 0528   Furrywisepuppy says:   Working together is the normal primate behaviour that many people take for granted – this includes how quickly people will naturally jump to help even a stranger if they look like they need … Read More

The Link Between Debt and Mental Health Problems
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Post No.: 0527   Furrywisepuppy says:   Mental health problems and debt problems correlate significantly – mental health problems can cause severe debt (e.g. some people on the bipolar spectrum are prone to overspending during a ‘manic’ episode), and severe … Read More

Base Rates, Base Rate Neglect and Bayesian Thinking
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Post No.: 0526   Furrywisepuppy says:   Firstly some definitions – the base rate, prevalence or prior probability (which term gets used depends on the context) is the probability of some thing or event occurring, such as the percentage of … Read More

Words of Wisdom that Can Make Everything Seem ‘Obvious’!
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Post No.: 0525   Furrywisepuppy says:   A lot of us think that our words of wisdom are always correct – but our words of wisdom frequently contradict each other and we’ll pick out the apparently correct words depending on … Read More

Perpetuating the Pressures We All Face
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Post No.: 0524   Fluffystealthkitten says:   We often blame the surrounding present culture for the pressures placed upon us to look or behave in a certain way in order to fit in and be accepted, such as people dyeing … Read More

Superstitions and Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
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Post No.: 0523   Furrywisepuppy says:   Many of us – even those whom consider ourselves otherwise rational and scientifically-minded – believe in superstitions.   Superstitions are beliefs or behaviours that pertain to claimed supernatural forces acting via specific objects … Read More

Give Your Time More Than Give Advice
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Post No.: 0522   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Sometimes, people can treat those with depression and suicide ideation in ways that’ll exacerbate their condition and situation – with assumptions, nagging, blames and/or judgemental sneering – as if they have chosen the … Read More

The Reliability of Polygraph or Lie Detector Tests
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Post No.: 0521   Furrywisepuppy says:   The accuracy and validity of polygraph tests are dubious, yet some public and private sector organisations still rely on them as interrogation tools, such as the probation service or as part of workplace … Read More

The Influences and Effects of Our Peers
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Post No.: 0520   Furrywisepuppy says:   Children often experience social rejection from their peers, but different children handle it differently. Rejected-aggressive children (as opposed to rejected-withdrawn children) often underestimate how rejected they are by their peers – meaning that … Read More

Introverts, Shyness and the Spotlight Effect
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Post No.: 0519   Furrywisepuppy says:   The modern world tends to reward extroverts with more fame than introverts, even though it’s the introverts behinds the scenes who mostly make the modern world happen as they work on their computers … Read More

Focus, Flow, Ego, Preparation, the Process and Control
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Post No.: 0518   Furrywisepuppy says:   Generally, everyone is focused when awake – but on what?! Focus can be narrow or broad, internal or external, or on the past, present or future. The television might be one’s intended focus … Read More

Rationality Can Sometimes Be Considered Abhorrent
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Post No.: 0517   Furrywisepuppy says:   The best decision-making strategies are said to involve the application of rational logic. It’s about avoiding the cognitive traps, biases and errors that could cloud more objective and fair thinking.   But ‘bounded … Read More

Racial Discrimination and Gaslighting
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Post No.: 0516   Furrywisepuppy says:   There is no biological definition of ‘race’. According to one’s DNA, it’s statistically possible to be more genetically related to a random person who does not share the same ‘on-paper ethnicity’ as you … Read More

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Other Therapies
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Post No.: 0515   Furrywisepuppy says:   We’ve taken a little peep at various forms of help available for those with mental health and psychiatric disorders before, but let’s take a more specific look at some common forms of therapies … Read More

Purpose and Meaning, from Youth, Mid-Life to Retirement
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Post No.: 0514   Furrywisepuppy says:   People are motivated by many different things, not just money or material goods. Even if we look at money – its effects on motivation isn’t as straightforward as we may think. People don’t … Read More

Brains, Myths and Sex Differences
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Post No.: 0513   Furrywisepuppy says:   Some say that people are either more predominantly ‘right-brained’ or more predominantly ‘left-brained’ – ‘right-brained’ people are said to be more intuitive, visual and creative, while ‘left-brained’ people are said to be more … Read More

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