Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cognitive Appraisal | Why An Apology Isn’t Always Enough

husband and wife arguing

Let’s pretend, hypothetically, that you’ve acted like a supreme jerk with someone who knows you well. Quite rightly, your spouse, significant other or friend isn’t having any of it and calls you out. Whereupon, after a little reflection, you realize the error of your ways and apologize unreservedly.

Then, on the cusp of receiving absolution, your friend or lover dredges up a long forgotten infraction from the pre-disco era and revisits it detail-by-detail. What the heck just happened? This common experience has deep roots in the origins of modern psychology beginning with the “father of modern psychology” himself…

William James

William James is most famous for a wildly counterintuitive hypothesis that turned out to be wrong. (Demonstrating that—regardless if you’re a psychologist, economist, or even a motivational speaker—if you want to be considered a thought leader, it’s more important to be counterintuitive than to be right.)  Continue reading

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Pamela Meyer: How to Spot a Liar (Video)

In this video expert lie-spotter Pam Meyer shares both scientific research and her personal insights on the issue of deception, including why we lie and how to spot a lie. Studies claim that on any given day the average person is lied to between 10 – 100 times, and that strangers lie 3 times within the first 10 minutes of meeting each other. Meyer explains that lying is a cooperative act, and that the power of a lie stems from our willingness to believe it.

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Improving Your Cognitive Ability Is Possible After All

aerobics workout

If given the opportunity, it goes without saying that nearly everyone would elect to improve their cognitive ability. At the same time, most people suffer from the misconception that intelligence is fixed. While this was the commonly accepted view for a long time, modern science has shown that it is entirely possible to get smarter. In fact, millions of people are already doing so. Continue reading

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What Do You See? Feedback Needed!

male vs female perception

Here at WIP we’ve posted quite a few illusions that highlight how perception can be easily influenced by our past experiences, color, lighting, and other factors. This time we would like our readers to help us to conduct an interesting survey on how perception differs between individuals of different genders and age groups.

Question: What did you “see” when you first viewed the image above?

Please leave your answer in the comment section below, along with your gender and age range (less than 13 years old, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ years old). Responses to the survey can also be made via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. The results of the survey will be published in one month!

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Phobias: Definition, Types and Features

what is a phobiaAll of us, at one time or another, have experienced what it means to be afraid. Fear is a normal feature of human existence and serves an adaptive function in that it triggers reactions which allow us to respond to danger or threat. At times, however, fear can become excessive, disturbing and out of proportion with reality. Persons who experience such abnormal fear are described as having a form of anxiety disorder known as a phobia.

The term phobia refers to an intense, irrational fear of a particular object or situation, whether real or imagined. The fear is so severe that it interferes with the individual’s daily functioning, restricting their activities and causing much distress. In many cases, individuals experiencing phobias recognize that their fears are irrational but feel helpless to control them. Continue reading

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