People often want to ‘better’ themselves. This can mean moving up a social class, getting a better job or just being able to look in the mirror in the morning and finding that they like the person looking back. Sometimes being ‘better’ is being more confident, better educated or having more money. We all strive to improve life, but we have to consider what is a fundamental improvement, like being better educated and what is just superficial and just makes us look good.
27, August 2012 | Categories: psychology | Tags: care of our appearance, fundamental improvement, Health, how to better yourself, Mental health, psychology, reputation, Social class, Social Sciences, success at work, Volunteering | 3 Comments
My blog today on a Zillion Ideas is a psychology blog about what motivates us to do the things we do. We tend to be motivated by the fairly primitive desire to survive. Most of the time we also seem to want the easy life and we need to relax and feel safe. Some people never seem to relax and make us all nervous though don’t they? We are all social animals, we all want to get along and live in harmony so why do some people insist on rocking the boat? Some people are power crazy and hungry all the time for more. They don’t seem to feel any empathy for anyone. What can be done to control such people and make society and communities feel safer; more secure? (more…)
9, July 2012 | Categories: Ramblings | Tags: celebrities, motivation, primitive desires, psychology, sex symbol, social, social animal, Social connectedness, Social Sciences, stone age man | 2 Comments
People looking at my photographs, like the one above; often think I live in a really nice place. They conclude that from the photos I post. The people who live here conclude something entirely different, they see the graffiti that I try to avoid photographing. By using these photographs, I am implying or suggesting that this is a nice place to live. Using this phenomenon; the tendency of people to make assumptions based upon what they see and hear can be very useful. People will assume all kinds of things about you based upon the way you look, sound and behave. Do you want them to conclude something about you that is quite different? (more…)