A Collaborative Way of Handling Disputes at Work
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Post No.: 0798   Furrywisepuppy says:   Interpersonal conflict is almost inevitable in both social and work life; and we’re usually most upset by the adversarial interactions we have with those who are most important to us. Workplace disharmonies typically … Read More

More to Credit or Blame Than Individuals Alone
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Post No.: 0772   Furrywisepuppy says:   Often when things go wrong, there’s no one to blame, at least individually or as a sole group. Some things are just unfortunate and couldn’t have been reasonably foreseen. Even sensible decisions can … Read More

Shouting Means You’ve Lost
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Post No.: 0762   Furrywisepuppy says:   In serious arguments, I don’t know anyone who’s ever been intellectually persuaded by a point because it was shouted at them. Shouting is more of an intimidation tactic to try to forcefully get … Read More

Crude and Narrow-Minded Clichés
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Post No.: 0758   Furrywisepuppy says:   Our intuitions are frequently based on crude cognitive shortcuts like how easily we can think of or remember an example of something. If instances of something come readily to mind then we’ll presume … Read More

Understanding White Privilege
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Post No.: 0753   Fluffystealthkitten says:   ‘White privilege’ doesn’t mean that white people cannot experience hardships or still earn their successes. It just means that white people compared to other ethnicities, here in ‘the West’ at least, have the … Read More

Let the Defeated Keep Their Dignity and Pride
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Post No.: 0740   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Diplomacy can be regarded as any kind of interaction between people with the aim of building or maintaining friendly and mediated or negotiated relations between them, whereby those people are representatives of their … Read More

We Should Give Because We Took
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Post No.: 0713   Furrywisepuppy says:   Team togetherness at work can be fostered by regularly reminding ourselves of our shared humanity (or dogity) and common interests. This can be boosted by creating a physical workplace environment that makes informal … Read More

Finding Our Superordinate Identities
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Post No.: 0706   Furrywisepuppy says:   If you only tend to like or feel safe around those who are similar to you then find out what you may have in common with someone who otherwise seems different to you. … Read More

Annoying Me, Annoying You (A-ha)
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Post No.: 0699   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Sometimes the overriding sentiment we feel in life is people can be really annoying! This can then make us feel exasperated or enraged, which may mean that we’ll say or do something we’ll … Read More

The Contact, Parasocial Contact and Extended Contact Hypotheses
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Post No.: 0694   Furrywisepuppy says:   What we naturally do whenever we meet someone new is craft a mental story about them based on the way they dress, how they talk, the identities they hold, etc.. And it’s automatic … Read More

Security Theatre and Hygiene Theatre
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Post No.: 0677   Furrywisepuppy says:   In the aftermath of a major terrorist attack, the authorities must be seen to be doing ‘something’ to protect the public, and fast. If it’s still uncertain who the suspects are or they’re … Read More

Everyday Sexist Language and Gendered Roles
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Post No.: 0671   Furrywisepuppy says:   We mightn’t question them because they’re so ingrained in our everyday usage but words or expressions are often gendered and sexist – like men are called ‘dominant’ while women are called ‘bossy’, men … Read More

The Campaign for Gender Equality
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Post No.: 0661   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Gender equality signifies equal respect, rights and opportunities for everyone regardless of their gender identity – whether female, male, gender fluid, agender or whatever. Historically and presently when we talk about gender equality … Read More

The Marginalised Who Find Acceptance Elsewhere
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Post No.: 0656   Furrywisepuppy says:   Young angry adolescents, in particular – who don’t feel accepted in wider society but feel disaffected, powerless, are perchance bullied and maybe come from dysfunctional families – are more vulnerable to joining extreme-view … Read More

To Be Selfish is To Be Short-Sighted
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Post No.: 0645   Furrywisepuppy says:   Selfishness and conflict are destructive in communities, and seem incredibly short-sighted. Even from a ‘selfish gene’ perspective, each person is reportedly ~99.0-99.9% genetically similar to the next person, thus – even though that … Read More

Recognising How Privileged We May Have Been
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Post No.: 0637   Furrywisepuppy says:   All else being equal, if an independent party divides a pot of something desirable for two other parties to share, and divides it 50:50 – both of these parties will normally be happy. … Read More

Big Boast, Small Roast
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Post No.: 0629   Fluffystealthkitten says:   It doesn’t need to be said that one wants to win in a competition… because it’s a competition! People should naturally give their very best if they’ve bothered to enter themselves into and … Read More

An Honest Opinion Isn’t the Same as a True Fact
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Post No.: 0620   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Sometimes people continue to support particular political leaders despite their clear and constant lies. That’s because their lies serve these people’s agendas (or at least they believe so). So people don’t despise lies … Read More

Rapport, or Mirror, Signals, Behaviour
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Post No.: 0603   Furrywisepuppy says:   The basis of all persuasive techniques and ‘mind control’ effects recreated in the performing art of mentalism is (said to be) rapport. This concept has been blown out of all proportion by self-proclaimed … Read More

So You Wanna Hear Some Gossip and Rumours?
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Post No.: 0599   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Gossip is a form of social currency and may be used to socially coordinate with other members of our group or clique. It is also used as a way of elevating our status … Read More

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