Posts tagged "You Are Not So Smart"
Are We Really Who We Used To Be? Understanding Consistency Bias

Are We Really Who We Used To Be? Understanding Consistency Bias

There’s an old cliche that gets trotted out at weddings. It’s not politically correct, but it always gets some laughs. “A woman marries a man hoping he’ll change and become the incredible husband she knows he can be–and then he doesn’t. And a man marries a woman hoping that she’ll always be the girl he fell in love with and never change–and then she does.” Or something like that. Put the gender considerations aside for a moment. The saying is getting at something fundamental about human nature. We change too much and not enough. On this site, we probably overemphasize…

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The Authenticity Hoax: Perpetual Coolhunts and the Law of Keeping It Real

The Authenticity Hoax: Perpetual Coolhunts and the Law of Keeping It Real

Authenticity is a very rich vein. In fact, there may not be a richer one at this moment in our cultural milieu. It’s a buzz word, sure, but it’s a buzz word because it has become value numero uno for a certain type of post-Cobain, Generation Why mindset, and I would include myself in that demographic. Turns out it didn’t die out with grunge (or punk) at all – it merely adopted a new and more self-consciously ironic vernacular. Instead of “posing” and “selling out”, we talk about things as “pandering” or “artificial”; instead of describing people/places/things as “earnest” or…

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The Secret Cost of Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Self-Perception Theory and the Overjustification Effect

The Secret Cost of Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Self-Perception Theory and the Overjustification Effect

A few months ago, the man behind the invaluable You Are Not So Smart blog, David McRaney, put out a book of the same name (actually, the full title is You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself) compiling and expanding upon his site. McRaney is a self-described psychology nerd with a special interest in what can only be called fallibility. So the book is pretty much a layman’s index of the psychology of human error, bias, delusion, defense, etc. It’s great….

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