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

Suspicion as a Cause of Division
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Post No.: 0310   Furrywisepuppy says:   Groups that don’t interact much with each other will sometimes hold presumptions and suspicions about each other due to racial, religious or other perceived stereotypes. Groups may even erroneously presume that other groups … Read More

Foreign Fighters Drawn to a Conflict
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Post No.: 0298   Furrywisepuppy says:   Regarding extremist or fundamentalist group recruitment from a foreign country (e.g. British civilians being drawn to and deciding to get involved in the Syrian Civil War, which started in 2011) – there are … Read More

Implicit Biases and Covert Racism
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Post No.: 0280   Furrywisepuppy says:   When talking about racism, to generalise too far from specific individual cases is to be racist, whether you, for instance, want to kill ‘any’ black person just because ‘a’ black person raped someone … Read More

When Affective Empathy Fails
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Post No.: 0271   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Affective empathy (as in mirroring the emotions of another person) drives compassion because we’ll adopt another person’s perspective and interests. For example, if we see someone suffering, we’ll vicariously mirror that suffering too, … Read More

Being Polite, and Serving and Saving Face
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Post No.: 0266   Furrywisepuppy says:   All cultures incorporate politeness but their norms – such as when, where and to what extent they are applied – can be very different. The context matters too – for instance, people are … Read More

True Altruism Exists and it Evolved for a Reason
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Post No.: 0260   Furrywisepuppy says:   Altruism is a motive to increase another’s welfare without conscious regard for one’s self-interests. Some believe that altruism is only a thinly-veiled self-interested behaviour where people will only help other people after doing … Read More

Understanding the Minds of Bullies
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Post No.: 0228   Furrywisepuppy says:   Bullies cannot raise themselves up (or at least they don’t think they can) so their primary strategy is to attempt to put others down. And those who are already down or seem ‘weaker’ … Read More

Settling Our Differences Via Principled Negotiation
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Post No.: 0215   Furrywisepuppy says:   We often go to war because the will, influence and decisions of a few (i.e. politicians or generals) will sway or override the will of the many, where such political decisions or initial … Read More

Labels and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
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Post No.: 0207   Furrywisepuppy says:   A ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ places a label upon another person, or upon oneself, and in turn leads them, or one, directly or indirectly, consciously or subconsciously, to act in a way that supports and … Read More

Deeply Intertwined Economies for Global Peace
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Post No.: 0191   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Countries that are economically open and tied with each other reduce the likelihood of those countries going to war with each other. Countries that are open-bordered, are trading freely and internationally, with foreign … Read More

Stop Dehumanising People
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Post No.: 0178   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Dehumanisation’ is when someone/a group of people is/are intentionally (via propaganda, such as by using debasing labels for people from outgroups) or unintentionally (via unconscious implicit biases) presented as less than human (e.g. … Read More

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