Life and Health Are Collective Endeavors

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Cultural Variation, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Group Processes, Human Development, Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology.

Description: I was not intending to post three conceptually focused pieces (another one, a third one) when I sat down at my computer this week. By conceptual, I mean looking at articles that ask us if we are looking at or thinking about some aspect of human psychological functioning properly or whether a different conceptual… Read more »

Are Other People Hell or the Key to Happiness?

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Description: Perhaps without realizing who it belonged to, you have likely hear Jen Paul Sartre’s line from the play he wrote in 1944 that goes “Hell is other people”. Without diving into his existential philosophy, you can see some applicability of this line to the world we are currently living in today (particularly in terms… Read more »

Experiences that Teach Empathy?

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Intergroup Relations, Moral Development, Neuroscience.

Description: Within Western society, we typically view the basic psychological unit of analysis to be an autonomous self-interested individual person. This basic unit of analysis gives rise to problems only consider concepts like empathy or prosocial behaviour where individuals act apparently against their self-interest by helping others. So if we are self-interested why would we… Read more »