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What's Left Behind: Identity Continuity Moderates the Effect of Nostalgia on Well-Being and Life Choices
feeling nostalgic about the past in the context of lower identity continuity had negative consequences for well-being, perceived ability to cope with challenges, and interest in new opportunities rather than focusing on familiar experiences
nostalgia  research  psychology  science  culture  identity  stress  health 
may 2015 by amaah
Where the Boys Are (The men need to be, too)
on the sexual mores of teenage boys and the need for supervision
development  perception  observation  psychology  culture  mores  standards  sex  youth 
october 2012 by amaah
No Evidence of Disease
on people who fake cancer and the damage they leave in their wake... I have an analogous piece that I have suppressed, perhaps it's time to publish 'a psychiatric emergency'
psychiatry  psychology  graft  con  fake  ego  parasites  gremlins  social  humanfactors  human  pathology  cancer  disease  rogues 
september 2012 by amaah
Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy
as my uncle says, "Very interesting! My frustration however includes not having enough time for even the medication bit!"
psychiatry  psychology  science  research  medicine  therapy  via:mum 
march 2011 by amaah
Bubbles, gullibility, and other challenges for economics, psychology, sociology, and information sciences (pdf)
Odlyzko continues his project on manias with a piece on gullibility. All hail him. "An objective measure of gullibility is especially important because we face a variant of the old “Qui custodiet ipsos custodes?” question of Juvenal: “Who will watch the watchmen?” The economic policy makers and regulators in almost all countries over the last couple of decades were enthusiastic practitioners of the “see no bubble, hear no bubble, speak no bubble” philosophy."
bubble  psychology  mania  gullibility  con  social  humanfactors  sociology  technology  adoption  fraud  economics  history  networks  internet  web  communication  culture  observation  research  filetype:pdf  media:document 
august 2010 by amaah
That Which Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Stranger
life at the extremes... pushing our biological limits in ultracycling
sports  biology  athletics  science  endurance  motivation  psychology  cycling  obsession 
april 2010 by amaah
Why we cry is an emotional topic
on the biology of tears.. "tears helped reduce ambiguity"
crying  tears  biology  evolution  psychology  perception  culture  signaling  humanfactors 
march 2010 by amaah
Our Boredom, Ourselves
boredom like nostalgia is a modern condition
boredom  literature  psychology  history  life  ennui  culture  social 
january 2010 by amaah
On Iris Robinson
But how far up is a woman allowed to go? Is it mad for a woman from a council estate to adorn her new villa with hand-painted murals, to decorate each room according to a different theme (Oriental, Scottish, Italian). Is it a bit manic to have, in your study, a hand-carved, ten-foot-high, three-ton stone fireplace which you have had specially designed and installed? Is it unhinged to order wallpaper hand-printed with the quotation ‘Non magni pendis quia contigit’ (‘one does not value things easily obtained’) – or is it only counter-productive, because it shows so clearly that you left school at 16?
health  mental  psychology  depression  gender  politics  psychiatry  Ireland  language  hatchetjob 
january 2010 by amaah
The Norm of Self-Interest
always recommending things that Mr Hyde... The self-interest motive is singularly powerful according to many of the most influential theories of human behavior and the layperson alike. In the present article the author examines the role the assumption of self-interest plays in its own confirmation. It is proposed that a norm exists in Western cultures that specifies self-interest both is and ought to be a powerful determinant of behavior. This norm influences people's actions and opinions as well as the accounts they give for their actions and opinions. In particular, it leads people to act and speak as though they care more about their material self-interest than they do.
norms  values  economics  humanfactors  research  psychology  incentives  motivation  decisions  optimization  via:bhyde 
january 2010 by amaah
Underwater and Not Walking Away: Shame, Fear and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis (pdf)
Despite reports that homeowners are increasingly “walking away” from their mortgages, most homeowners continue to make their payments even when they are significantly underwater. This article suggests that most homeowners choose not to strategically default as a result of two emotional forces: 1) the desire to avoid the shame and guilt of foreclosure; and 2) exaggerated anxiety over foreclosure’s perceived consequences. Moreover, these emotional constraints are actively cultivated by the government and other social control agents in order to encourage homeowners to follow social and moral norms related to the honoring of financial obligations - and to ignore market and legal norms under which strategic default might be both viable and the wisest financial decision. Norms governing homeowner behavior stand in sharp contrast to norms governing lenders, who seek to maximize profits or minimize losses irrespective of concerns of morality or social responsibility. Norm asymmetry
economics  bubble  debt  depression  norms  values  strategy  control  law  pressure  loss  psychology  housing  mortgage  morality  shame  information  decisions  research  fear  manipulation  politics  culture  perception  risk  humanfactors  social  groups  filetype:pdf  media:document 
november 2009 by amaah
Witch Hunts and Foul Potions Heighten Fear of Leader in Gambia
There was a Latin American dictator who became clinically insane sometime in the 60s or 70s - even more psychopathy than your garden variety strongman/sociopath/military overlord. If I remember correctly however, El Loco was removed from power by fellow members of the ruling cabal. What then do we do with Jammeh in Gambia as the cracks in his psyche (and the drugs - for cocaine is said to be among his favourite snacks) begin to take their toll? We know he's not afraid of blood, and the initial claims of curing AIDS were perhaps 'eccentric' but it seems to me that literal witchhunting and worse is a bit much for this graduate of Colonel Gaddafi's revolutionary university. Personality cults and unhinged leaders shouldn't mix even though they are often neighbours.
Gambia  rogues  psychology  sociopath  witchhunt  Africa  dictator  violence  social  fear  belief  superstition  FallenAngels 
may 2009 by amaah
Blood Water: Liberia Narrowly Avoids the First Plague
Ah superstition.. 'report' circulated, claiming that all the country's water supplies would turn to blood by morning, though other variations claimed the water would become bitter, or perhaps dry up. People acted quickly, with reports of the long lines all night at wells becoming especially feisty as dawn approached.
superstition  media  culture  Liberia  Africa  groups  social  psychology  rumour  via:worldfocus 
february 2009 by amaah
Relative Wealth Concerns and Asset Bubbles: An Experimental Approach (pdf)
risk is fun during a bubble... Calling bubble behaviour cognitive dissonance misses much of the point. Keeping up with the Joneses and the fear of missing out lowers our guard.
economics  research  bubble  credit  risk  debt  ShellGame  analysis  psychology  modeling  filetype:pdf  media:document 
january 2009 by amaah
Town without pity
30 Years After Jonestown, Reasons for the Tragedy Are Still Elusive...
memory  Jonestown  tragedy  murder  cult  psychology  history  crime  culture 
november 2008 by amaah
Jonestown (The Situation of Evil) Revisited
From Milgram's experiments to the banality of evil ala Eichmann to an analysis of Jonestown
psychology  control  evil  social  Jonestown  human  communities  crime  culture  history  cult  sociopath  sociology 
november 2008 by amaah
Living in the Ruins
The edge of panic in the voice of a friend telling me about the 401(k) she's not looking at catches the story for me. It's visceral and scary and, let's face it, whether this is the half-forgotten past coming back to bite us or the future kneecapping us, it's depressing as hell.
bubble  depression  psychology  economics  decline  fall  USA  observation  culture  ObserversAreWorried 
october 2008 by amaah
Family Blames Soldier's Suicide on Anti-Malaria Drug
Lariam is known to have serious neurological and physical side effects, especially in users who have certain mental health problems. veterans suffered lasting psychological and physical side effects, which sometimes didn't surface until years later... hallucinations and psychotic episodes
malaria  drugs  health  safety  larium  psychology 
october 2008 by amaah
In Praise of Melancholy
What are we to make of this American obsession with happiness? On the effects of cultural anesthesia
culture  USA  psychology  sadness  melancholy  depression 
september 2008 by amaah
Seven tenths incorrect: Heterogeneity and change in the waist-to-hip ratios (pdf)
We seek to correct what appears to be an emerging "academic urban legend" regarding the stability and precision of what heterosexual males find sexually attractive (a remarkable consistency in the waist-to-hip ratio of Playboy centerfolds and winners of t
research  sex  taste  evolution  biology  butt  aesthetic  statistics  psychology  filetype:pdf  media:document 
june 2008 by amaah
Appeasing the Gods, With Insurance
As Stevie Wonder sang: Superstition is the way... More evidence on how human being's are wired to see patterns where there are none, coincidence and correlation that doesn't bear scrutiny. Why settle for statistics when magic will suffice.
humanfactors  statistics  psychology  research  behaviour  magic  superstition  cognition 
may 2008 by amaah
Competency as a Cultural Value
A lament on "the trap of blandly assuming that competency, skill and experience are sufficient and universally appealing attributes for a political candidate in national elections, as long as that candidate also has generally liberal views."
culture  politics  psychology  sociology 
january 2008 by amaah
Prelude to a Critique on the Production of Bombings By Means of Bombings
the fact that it started off with a breezy piece of cynical contrarianism then oversimplified massively and waffled around the most important question by talking unspecifically about unobservable factors, ought to clue you up to the likelihood that it's n
economics  terrorism  observation  internet  web  psychology  England 
january 2008 by amaah
What a difference a day makes; after storm officials try to assign blame
Thankfully I'm no longer facing snowstorms but the gridlock caused by snowstorm in Boston was apparently unprecedented. 12 minute rides turning to 3-4 hour struggles and worse. Congestion, psychology, panic etc.
traffic  transportation  congestion  management  Boston  weather  commute  urban  city  policy  strategy  snow  psychology  preparation  disaster  life 
december 2007 by amaah
The Picture Of Conformity
In a Watched Society, More Security Comes With Tempered Actions. Nice essay on the culture of surveillance and the costs to society.
culture  security  secrecy  surveillance  fear  theatre  USA  modernity  psychology 
november 2007 by amaah
Making Mecca Safe for Pilgrims: Panic Specialists Bring Order to the Hajj
Mecca is "the biggest pedestrian problem in the world." Applying the science of panic studies to crowd control during the Hajj. Also a matter of coordination: multiple languages, varying levels of illiteracy, different customs and tradition. Solving Babel
crowds  groups  technology  psychology  coordination  religion  ceremony  traffic  control  panic  pilgrimage  Mecca  SaudiArabia  Germany  design  Architecture 
october 2007 by amaah
The Best Medicine: We Are All Larry David
Soon he had narrowed his selections down to one show: television’s purest expression of social dysfunction, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Roberts considers Larry David to be the perfect proxy for a schizophrenic person.
psychology  id  culture  cringe  observation  medicine  science  health 
october 2007 by amaah
May the worst man win
research on the enduring appeal of cads. The flirts – who smiled, nodded and raised their eyebrows more – won every time, even when they made anti-social comments. Ergo: nice guys finish last.
sex  psychology  research  social  strategy  rogues  evolution 
october 2007 by amaah
Is ‘Do Unto Others’ Written Into Our Genes?
Dumbfounding led him to view morality as driven by two separate mental systems, one ancient and one modern, though the mind is scarcely aware of the difference. moral intuition and moral judgment — came after language, when people became able to articul
morality  biology  philosophy  evolution  brain  science  research  altruism  intuition  psychology  values  humanfactors 
september 2007 by amaah
America’s Guardian Myths
On "the historical forgetfulness of Americans...Even our amnesia is evidence of this haunting, because the amnesia was not natural. It was intentionally induced by the creation of a myth, a fable of national invincibility on the American frontier". Image
USA  mythology  amnesia  dissonance  history  culture  memory  observation  perception  psychology  power  gender  JohnWayne  masculinity  image  strategy  policy  buyer'sremorse  ObserversAreWorried 
september 2007 by amaah
You hate being affluent? Then swap with us
You see, we believe in the material progress of mankind; the vast majority of Ghanaians said they want more from life: more goods, more products, more choice. We hate being constantly subdued by nature; we are tired of dying early; swap with us
ghana  politics  economics  Africa  development  infrastructure  aid  technology  observation  prosperity  poverty  culture  psychology  materialism  perception  environment  ShellGame 
august 2007 by amaah
Subprimal Urges
There's nothing more delightful than lending borrowed money, especially if you imagine that faster-moving financial markets reduce risk. Borrow a billion here and lend a billion there, package and sell the loans, pay off the billion borrowed, get out scot
panic  debt  bubble  subprime  mortgage  housing  finance  markets  risk  psychology  leverage  ShellGame  banking  USA  europe  economics  business  GreatGame  realestate  credit 
august 2007 by amaah
The Shareholder Letter You Should, But Won’t, Be Reading Next Spring
Dear Shareholder: Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. I am referring to your board’s decision to approve a massive share buyback and huge special dividend last summer, when the buzzwords going around Wall Street were “returning value to shar
Business  Technology  Economics  Psychology  IBM  USA  debt  risk  bubble  investment  finance  shellgame  credit 
august 2007 by amaah
It's The End Of The World As We Know It BNP Paribas Suspends Redemptions And Sets Off Panic
"Remember those pictures from the Great Depression? The ones where the banks had to lock their doors because depositors were rioting to withdraw their savings. That's what we've got right now," Another described this morning as a "Rumsfeld moment." Panic!
panic  debt  bubble  subprime  mortgage  housing  finance  markets  risk  psychology  leverage  ShellGame  banking  USA  europe  economics  business  language  zingers  sarkozy  GreatGame  realestate  credit 
august 2007 by amaah
BNP Paribas Investment Partners temporaly suspends the calculation of the net asset value of 3 funds
The complete evaporation of liquidity in certain market segments of the US securitisation market has made it impossible to value certain assets fairly regardless of their quality or credit rating. The situation is such that it is no longer possible to val
banking  language  sarkozy  GreatGame  economics  panic  mortgage  subprime  bubble  realestate  finance  debt  credit  housing  markets  risk  psychology  leverage  ShellGame  USA  europe  business  zingers 
august 2007 by amaah
The Social Norm Of Leaving The Toilet Seat Down: A Game Theoretic Analysis
Putting one's economics, mathematics and theoretical training to address the important issues. The issue of whether the toilet seat should be left up or down after use seemingly generates a lot of passion among the parties concerned, however, scientific i
absurd  economics  gametheory  analysis  science  research  mathematics  probability  behaviour  humanfactors  social  humour  Optimization  psychology  relationships  theory  sociology  statistics 
august 2007 by amaah
BNP Paribas freezes security funds
Panic! Earlier than Dubya would like. A major French bank, BNP Paribas, announced that it was suspending three of its asset-backed securities funds, saying it could no longer value them accurately because of problems in the U.S. subprime mortgage market.
panic  debt  bubble  subprime  mortgage  housing  finance  markets  risk  psychology  leverage  ShellGame  banking  USA  europe  economics  business  language  zingers  sarkozy  GreatGame  realestate  credit 
august 2007 by amaah
The Sum of Some Fears
On the fear of bad credit... What’s really striking is how much of the current angst in the market is over two things that I thought had been obvious for a long time: the magnitude of the housing slump and the persistence of high oil prices.
economics  bubble  psychology  debt  policy  observation  fear  USA  insight  politics 
august 2007 by amaah
Two words that spook investors: subprime exposure
At a time when the market is waiting for the next subprime-related shoe to drop, investors are shooting first and asking questions later. "We believe the market completely ignored earnings, dividend and instead focused on the word 'subprime'". Oops!
economics  markets  psychology  subprime  debt  finance  investment  strategy  bubble 
august 2007 by amaah
Blatant benevolence and conspicuous consumption
Fruits of the "mating mind" theory: Charity is just as “selfish” as self-indulgence. We are all peacocks it seems.
evolution  research  psychology  gender  charity  altruism  philanthropy  science  biology  economics  sex  behaviour 
august 2007 by amaah
Markets Fall as Lender Woes Keep Mounting
The financial pages are very entertaining these days. John Kenneth Galbraith is sorely missed. “I have been at this for 22 years, and this is about as bad as I have seen it in the fixed-income market... A liquidity crunch. It’s a credit freeze."
economics  bubble  USA  debt  finance  mortgage  realestate  business  trends  journalism  markets  psychology  bottomfeeding 
august 2007 by amaah
Comforting Words for a Nerve-Wracked Nation: ‘McGarrett. Five-0.’
The B-movie Theory: A marathon of “Five-0” viewing may provoke an ache of nostalgia, or whatever that feeling is when the present looks bleaker than the troubled past. As I watched, I was overcome with longing to replace Bush-Cheney with McGarrett-Dan
b-movie  nostalgia  psychology  USA  culture  tv  heroes  wist  observation  perception  pop  zeitgeist  prescience  griots  GilScott-Heron 
august 2007 by amaah
The Whys of Mating: 237 Reasons and Counting
on why we have sex - the Royal We that is. The thing is that beyond biology there is still the mystery of the human mind, our inability to match words with action, our propensity for rationalization
sex  biology  motivation  life  research  psychology  humanfactors  navelgazing  deception  desire  attraction  entertainment  language  communication  rationalization 
august 2007 by amaah
Things Fall Apart: Disaster, Infrastructure, and Risk (pdf)
Hurricane Katrina deflated assumptions about the ability of a wealthy, technologically advanced society to handle a natural disaster of terrible, but not necessarily cataclysmic, proportions. This has given a certain sociotechnical flavor to the controver
social  science  observation  technology  infrastructure  risk  disaster  Katrina  psychology  sociology  ThingsFallApart  filetype:pdf  media:document 
august 2007 by amaah
The public figures who believe in the mystical significance of numbers
Ridiculed by scientists, mathematicians and sceptics, numerology has struggled for acceptance alongside other predictive pseudo-sciences such as astrology and Feng Shui, but a growing number are using humble digits to interpret personalities, to explain c
numerology  superstition  culture  faith  mystery  USA  Prince  mythology  tradition  psychology 
august 2007 by amaah
Victims of Hiroshima - an exchange
psychic numbing (and its more acute form, psychic closing-off) as a cessation of feeling undergone by survivors at the time of the bomb (and in some cases later on as well): the need for such a defense against otherwise overwhelming anxiety and guilt in r
nuclear  war  atom  bomb  Hiroshima  survival  defence  psychology  resilience  trauma  guilt  alienation  numbing  anomie  USA  Japan  WWII  Lifton 
august 2007 by amaah
Easy Money, Lifeblood Of Economy, Is Drying Up
At the root of those seemingly unrelated events is a single new reality, one that could portend trouble for the broader U.S. economy: The era of cheap money appears to be ending. Investors are balking as they worry about having to pay the price for lax le
economics  bubble  finance  debt  credit  perception  USA  stocks  bottomfeeding  psychology  cheerleading  dissonance 
july 2007 by amaah
Can’t Sell Your Home? Maybe It’s Priced Too Low
“To some extent, it is the rich getting riche. The folks who don’t rely solely on a weekly or monthly paycheck seem to be doing better.” “The low end is getting creamed. The middle is struggling. The high end is running on its own dynamic.”
economics  psychology  rich  inequality  bubble  powerlaw  housing  realestate  USA  marketing  behaviour  pricing 
july 2007 by amaah
An-arrgh-chy: The Law and Economics of Pirate Organization (pdf)
the internal governance institutions of violent criminal enterprise by examining the law, economics, and organization of pirates. To effectively organize their banditry, pirates required mechanisms to prevent internal predation, minimize crew con?ict, an
groups  pirates  piracy  history  law  organization  research  culture  crime  economics  politics  strategy  communities  psychology  smuggling  filetype:pdf  media:document 
july 2007 by amaah
Technology Eases the Ride to Higher Tolls
As a result of E-ZPass and its ilk, even many adults don’t notice the cost of a toll. Which raises an interesting question: If you don’t know how much you’re paying for something, will you notice when the price goes up? Or has E-ZPass, for all its b
pricing  technology  money  economics  psychology  strategy  transportation  aggregation  transaction  coordination  costs  microfinance  tolls  humanfactors  intermediaries 
july 2007 by amaah
Houses Should Not Be a Commodity
once houses become an investment, the prices of houses begin to behave like an investment, and volatility is introduced into the system. You do not want houses to trade with the volatility of a commodities market. It causes more harm than good.
bubble  Housing  money  risk  economics  realestate  USA  strategy  California  finance  pricing  volatility  markets  psychology 
july 2007 by amaah
Winding Through ‘Big Dreams’ Are the Threads of Our Lives
Grief itself is transformative. It is a process of disassembly. The bereaved must let go of the selves they were, as well as the loved ones they have lost. The dreams we have while grieving are an important part of that process. “Our dreams have to do w
grief  psychology  dreams  loss  bereavement  social  sociology  catharsis  culture  tradition  research  observation  memory  life  ritual  ceremonies 
july 2007 by amaah
Post-traumatic Iraq syndrome
The only significant question still hanging is whether Iraq will turn out to have been the biggest strategic mistake in U.S. history. Vietnam was a much greater moral disaster, of course, and led to far more death and destruction. But, just as the war's c
USA  Iraq  psychology  perception  analysis  culture  America  power  strategy  politics  war  GreatGame 
june 2007 by amaah
On George W. Bush
"His had been an intellectual decision founded on his conviction that if a little knowledge was a dangerous thing, a lot was lethal." A meditation on knowledge, ignorance and the Scrambled Egg Theory of Mesopotamia
observation  profile  knowledge  ignorance  Bush  USA  America  neocons  dubya  literature  psychology  culture  TomSharpe  HilaireBelloc  hatchetjob  essay  zingers  blood  rogues  FallenAngels  ThingsFallApart  toli 
may 2007 by amaah
nigerian scams do work
I told her it was probably a scam. (she even said before this she thought it was a scam). But she didn’t care. on the off chance it might actually be true (and she would get a couple of thousand dollars she was prepared to take the risk.
psychology  life  parasites  gremlins  419  humanfactors  risk 
april 2007 by amaah
The Unpolitical Animal
An oldie but goodie: how political science understands voters or rather that nagging human factor. Human beings are a tough nut to crack with the emphasis on the word nut
politics  culture  election  sociology  apathy  decisions  strategy  framing  branding  attention  belief  psychology  humanfactors 
july 2006 by amaah
Introverts and Big Business
Carrying out a commitment to a large company is risky for most introverts. The risk is that you will get stuck, ignored, run over. If you need an established entity’s security and stability, seek out areas where even the extroverted sensors -- as oppose
business  culture  groups  psychology  communities  dynamics  pathology  sociology  Bolton  via:dehora 
july 2006 by amaah
Caught on video: fantasy interrogation, real tension
the artist Harrell Fletcher has photographically reconstituted a museum display he saw on a visit to Ho Chi Minh City last year. The pictures documented the Vietnam War as seen from a Vietnamese perspective. They are beyond horrific.
art  protest  politics  torture  guantanamo  vietnam  AbuGhraib  pain  values  psychology  morality  HeartOfDarkness 
july 2006 by amaah
The Perfect Mark
How a Massachusetts psychotherapist fell for a Nigerian e-mail scam.
419  Nigeria  usa  HumanNature  culture  gullibility  parasites  spam  attention  economics  marketing  psychology  crime  con  grifters  globalization  Africa 
may 2006 by amaah
Condo crazy at the heart of a boom
For four humid days and three sweaty nights, Michael Bergman and Karen Bolber camped outside an apartment complex that was converting to condominium ownership. They endured thunderstorms, the threat of a hurricane, and mosquitoes from the nearby Everglade
bubble  mania  real-estate  usa  Housing  economics  psychology  perception 
july 2005 by amaah
The Completist Syndrome, Part 2
that strongest of addictions that afflicts fans of creative improvised music
music  obsession  humour  psychology  addiction 
february 2005 by amaah
On Musical Obsession
If you live with a music lover you'll know that there's something not quite right with them. They're damaged goods.
culture  music  obsession  twisted  soul  observation  damaged  jazz  completist  psychology  life  funny  toli 
october 2004 by amaah
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