If bad is stronger than good what can we do about it?

I’ve been reading an old article that remains extremely interesting – it is an academic paper dating back to 2001 titled Bad Is Stronger Than Good. The authors note that: “The greater power of bad events over good ones is found in everyday events, major life events (e.g., trauma), close relationship outcomes, social network patterns, interpersonal interactions, and learning processes. … Bad impressions and bad … Continue reading If bad is stronger than good what can we do about it?

Olympics – two sides of the same coin …

Picture two different women competing in the Australian team at the recent Athens Olympics. The first had the misfortune to injure herself a few weeks prior to competition. She had surgery & vowed to compete in the games. Jan Pitman ran in the 400m hurdles at the Games, but she came 5th largely due to her recent knee surgery. Her response to the disappointment? ” … Continue reading Olympics – two sides of the same coin …

The Failure of the Human Potential Movement: From Self-Actualization to Experientialism

“I’m convinced that when an atmosphere is created which puts an extreme emphasis on experience over understanding, that atmosphere will inevitably create and encourage infantile selfishness.” Source: The Failure of the Human Potential Movement: From Self-Actualization to Experientialism (c) 1998 Geoffrey Hill This is a relatively old essay but it gives a good critique of the Human Potential Movement and the impact that this and related … Continue reading The Failure of the Human Potential Movement: From Self-Actualization to Experientialism