“Having the whole world look at you and wonder if you’ve truly forgotten what it’s like to be young and horny is my version of the nightmare where you’re speaking in public and you look down and realize you’ve peed yourself in front of everyone. ”—http://slate.me/qNM4cr
“'To put it too simply, things have moved from a style of relating where one thinks: “I have a feeling, I want to make a call” to “I want to have a feeling, I need to send a text.” In other words, the act of sharing a nascent feeling becomes part of the constitution of the feeling. The problem is that when we use other people in this way, as needed elements on the path toward our having our feelings, we can move toward a misuse of others. We are not relating to them as others but as what psychologists call “part objects.” We are using them as spare parts to support our fragile selves. This takes the notion of an “other directed” self to a higher power. Our technology supports a culture of narcissism digital-style. It is a kind of self that does not tolerate being alone. And yet, psychology teaches us that if you do not teach your children to be alone, they will only know how to be lonely. We are forgetting this lesson in our culture of hyper-connection.'”—http://bit.ly/qT1yWz
“You’re a chief executive, your term is three or four years, and you want to maximise your bonus. So what do you do? You bring in consultants who restructure the group and shut businesses rather than making them work. So the results look good this year and next, but forget about the long term. The chief executive gets his bonus and his knighthood and off he goes. That’s how the majority of industries in the UK have operated for the last 50 years.”—http://tgr.ph/ogj8yW
“The recurring theme in the self-reports of people like Marjorie isn’t the sheer amount of stress – it’s the total absence of control. This led to the “demand-control” model of stress, in which the damage caused by chronic stress depends not just on the demands of the job but on the extent to which we can control our response to those demands.”—http://bit.ly/osaug1
“The scarcity we are observing is not a traditional currency scarcity. As such, we can’t correct the scarcity by using conventional central banking tools – open market operations in short-term government debt and discount window lending. Neither can we correct it through “quantitative easing.” We cannot ease anything through swaps of reserves for long-maturity debt, as that cannot make reserves relatively less scarce under the current circumstances. But the inability of monetary policy to correct the liquidity scarcity problem has nothing to do with the zero lower bound on short-term nominal interest rates, as the key problem is a contemporary liquidity trap, not Grandma’s liquidity trap.”—http://bit.ly/ncf5qK
“What I do think we should be thinking is, at our loss and at our peril do we just perceive this situation as simply large numbers of kids simply being morally flawed. I think that explanation falls short. If there is such a thing called childhood then surely adults should be taking responsibility for it. — It’s not just about poverty, actually. I completely agree and there are lots of people out there that will tell you that they’ve been to Oxford and Cambridge and university and succeeded, and they came from poor backgrounds. I’m not talking about material poverty alone. You can just about survive material poverty if you have some kind of an emotional care around you. But these children have a double-whammy damage. Their carers are disturbed and dysfunctional, addicted to substances often – and they live in the ghettos of Britain where civil society doesn’t offer them a way out." ”—http://bbc.in/ovYVsb
“We are dealing with, potentially, a fundamental psychological aspect of our evolution,” Gill explains.
“If we look at man’s evolution, in most cultures men never carry bags. Men prefer to put things in their pockets, and not have any excess baggage. Some believe that this goes back to when we were hunter gatherers and men didn’t want to carry bulky equipment about.
“We wanted things to be small and functional, som”—http://bit.ly/r6gEZh
“Going on holiday had a small but significant positive effect on the workers’ well-being (the effect size was 0.43) when comparing ratings taken just after a holiday with a few days or weeks before. The disappointing news is how brief these benefits appeared to be. Two to four weeks after returning, participants lapsed back to their pre-holiday well-being levels – a phenomenon that researchers in the field call the ‘fade out effect’.”—Are holidays Fun?
Eating disorders do not stem from a desire to be slim: they are an expression of unhappiness through food. The way a woman’s body is equated with her human value in the media can, to someone who is subconsciously looking for a way to articulate their unhappiness, feel like the perfect solution. But this doesn’t mean that the problem comes from young women looking at too many fashion adverts.
People who claim that the media are the cause of their past or present illnesses are, in fact, undermining themselves. It would be like claiming that a really great Budweiser advertising campaign made them an alcoholic. Your problem, my friend, is bigger than that.
The media is neither the cause of nor irrelevant to eating disorders. Sometimes, unfortunately, life is too complicated to fit in a snappy headline.
“The US budget is like a 1st grader playing Oregon Trail. Spend all the money on ammunition so you can shoot at stuff, then wonder why your wagon is falling apart and everyone is dying of dysentery.”—Malhavoc430 // Reddit (via mattchew03)
“Rather than supporting all social emotions, they think oxytocin plays a role in promoting what psychologists call approach-related emotions. These are emotions that have to do with wanting something, as opposed to shrinking away. “If you look at the Oxford English Dictionary for envy, it says that the definition of envy is to wish oneself on a level with another, in happiness or with the possession of something desirable,” Kemp says. “It’s an approach-related emotion: I want what you have.” Gloating is also about approach, he says; people who are gloating are happy—a positive, approach-related emotion—about having more than their opponent and about that person’s misfortune.”—http://bit.ly/qE7BVj
roodwork suggests that, far from being the hindrance it’s often presented as, incorporating family into work can have overwhelmingly positive effects. Regn is trained as an architect but is open enough in her thinking to understand that in the scheme of things, the adjustability of her desk isn’t going to have an impact on her creative process nearly as much as what her daughter might say tonight at the dinner table.
“The first impetus [of Broodwork] was to get people to acknowledge interweaving of creative practice and family life,” she told me. “Not to have to hide [your family] when you have to go pick up your kid while at a meeting, for example. That raised eyebrow is going away. Yes, you’re juggling. That’s just part of the deal. When you talk to other parents, everyone knows the deal so why is it that in a professional setting that can’t be brought to the table?
“Recently a friend asked me about the value proposition of freezing eggs in the case of a 35-year-old female friend. I think it’s something that many people in the developed world really need to consider. Yes, the cost is going to be in the range of tens of thousands, but that’s the magnitude of a car, and far less than a home. A healthy child seems to me much more valuable than either of these objects to people who want to have children.”—http://bit.ly/nkzreM