Treating Each Individual as an Individual
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Post No.: 0558   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Furrywisepuppy has covered a lot about the problem of racism already, such as in Post No.: 0516, but I want to share what I think too because clearly more still needs to be … Read More

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

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

Deep Canvassing and Bridging Our Differences
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Post No.: 0511   Fluffystealthkitten says:   We’ve probably all been in situations where we’ve confronted people we’ve strongly disagreed with regarding certain moral evaluations, ethical stances or political viewpoints of theirs, and tried to convince them that their views … Read More

Good and Bad Ways to Give an Apology
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Post No.: 0500   Furrywisepuppy says:   Conflict may be inevitable at times (e.g. sibling rivalry, parent-child arguments) but it’s always resolvable. Even other, non-human, primates often seek reconciliation with their opponents rather than just move apart. Even old war … Read More

Unleashing Thy Anger in a Fit of Rage!
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Post No.: 0492   Furrywisepuppy says:   Grrr… Why can’t I get this jar open?! I just want a damn biscuit! Grrrrrr! :@   (Deep breaths)   …Letting your anger out in violent ways will more likely make your anger … Read More

Types of Aggression, and Dog Whistle Politics
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Post No.: 0486   Furrywisepuppy says:   Overt aggression – which includes physical violence, threats or calling people names – is always frowned upon. But more indirect social/relational aggression – which includes spreading gossip or rumours to damage someone’s reputation, … Read More

Facial Feedback and Communication
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Post No.: 0470   Furrywisepuppy says:   We are so innately primed for social interactions, relationships and working together that we will even perceive animated shapes as having intentions and whether we can trust them or not! Unless we’re relevantly … Read More

Seek Vengeance and Future Generations Could Be Next
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Post No.: 0456   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Structural violence’ refers to the indirect facets of a system, culture or context that can eventually lead to promoting harm, such as inequality, poverty, racism and socio-economic factors. ‘Instrumental violence’ refers to violence … 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

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

Schadenfreude, Self-Esteem and Perceived Status
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Post No.: 0425   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Lots of things that people get bullied for aren’t things that the victims of the bullying feel are problems until or unless they get bullied for it e.g. having ginger hair, being of … Read More

War, What is it Good For?
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Post No.: 0407   Furrywisepuppy says:   Perhaps due to a lack of better technologies or alternative ideas and solutions, there are situations when aggression is legitimate. Law and violence have an incestuous relationship – you cannot really have one … Read More

Combating Groupthink and Social Loafing
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Post No.: 0392   Furrywisepuppy says:   The wisdom of a diverse crowd usually leads to better solutions in certain contexts (check out Post No.: 0090). But when that diversity is absent or when people just mindlessly follow each other … Read More

Why Be a Hero? And How to Be More Heroic
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Post No.: 0379   Fluffystealthkitten says:   The ‘bystander effect’ suggests that the likelihood of a particular individual helping a stranger under certain conditions, such as when amongst a large crowd and the situation is ambiguous, is low. But the … Read More

The Boundary of ‘You’ and Everything Else
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Post No.: 0372   Furrywisepuppy says:   The natural tendency to categorise things, and typically use mental shortcuts, tends to induce us into forming over-simplified and sometimes even totally unreasonable generalisations. Stereotyping can in turn lead to prejudice and discrimination. … Read More

They ‘Kill’, We ‘Neutralise’
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Post No.: 0361   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Entrenched biases from both/all sides of an international difference of perspective can start and perpetuate a conflict. ‘Pre-emptive strikes’ are just triggers of war. ‘Self-defence’ is often just offence. ‘Interrogation’ methods are sometimes … Read More

Handling Bullies and Trolls
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Post No.: 0352   Furrywisepuppy says:   If you don’t have a motorcycle licence and I mocked you for it then would that speak about me or about you? Would this speak about my insecurities or yours?   Well that’s … Read More

Forgiveness for the Benefit of the Forgiver
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Post No.: 0335   Furrywisepuppy says:   Forgiveness is the ability to make peace without prejudice when things don’t go your way or when people don’t do what you want them to do. It’s a step towards the acceptance of … Read More

If More Women Were in Power
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Post No.: 0330   Fluffystealthkitten says:   It’s utterly, empathically and categorically indisputable that behind every great man there is a great woman!   …But would it be even better if more women were in front – in more leadership … Read More

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