Posts Tagged ‘Psychology

28
Apr
10

Common faults of the human mind

Stumbled upon this page which talks about the 10 most common mistakes of the human mind. Was intriguing to see  so many of these happen every day to all of us.

For example, reactance is defined as the urge to do exactly the opposite of what you are told to do. Found mostly in teenagers, but then I could think of so many situations where I would argue with my manager over a certain way to do things, not because I don’t agree with him, but because I don’t like being told what to do!

Again, self-fulfilling prophecy is engaging in behaviors that obtain results that confirm existing attitudes. An example given is the following:

“Economic Recessions are self-fulfilling prophecies. Because a recession is 2 quarters of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) decline, you cannot know you are in a recession until you are at least 6 months into one. Unfortunately, at the first sign of decreasing GDP, the media reports a possible recession, people panic and start a chain of events that actually cause a recession.”

20
Apr
10

The Paradox of Choice

Had seen this TED video last weekend. Was something that convinced me to not have too many choices. We are exposed to just too many choices and which probably makes us unhappy too. The video gave some striking examples. The basic fundamental behind the theory is that eliminating consumer choices can greatly reduce anxiety for shoppers.

Schwartz describes that a consumer’s strategy for most good decisions will involve these steps:

  • Figure out your goal or goals
  • Evaluate the importance of each goal
  • Array the options
  • Evaluate how likely each of the options is to meet your goals
  • Pick the winning option
  • Modify goals

Schwartz finds that when people are faced with having to choose one option out of many desirable choices, they will begin to consider hypothetical trade-offs. Their options are evaluated in terms of missed opportunities instead of the opportunity’s potential. Schwartz maintains that one of the downsides of making trade-offs is it alters how we feel about the decisions we face; afterwards, it affects the level of satisfaction we experience from our decision.




So what’s this blog about?

Another attempt? Well yes. Attempting to figure out another sustainable model (there are some other attempts going on parallel-ly). Well, we have a lot of questions in mind. we read up stuff, we do some research to find answers to these questions. This is an attempt to publish that little 15-20 minute research.
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