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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Why can’t I feel comfortably numb?

My mother (86) often says to me that I should care less about things. She is not alone in her view. Close friends say the same to me. I wish I could feel comfortably numb, like others. I cannot even if I want to. There is no ON/OFF button inside me. My default value is to care about people and things, provided that they/these are worth my time and effort. I am...

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The dark side of empathy

About a month ago, I noticed a remark on Facebook by someone whom I know well. At least, I thought so. He posted a tirade against people with a different Covid-19 view. He stated that such people do not even deserve a vaccination or a hospital admittance. I decided not to question his views. I did wonder about the reasons for his emotional rage a.k.a....

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Father and son

How well do you know your father? It's a thought that entered my mind several weeks ago. It still hasn't left yet. I suppose that it wants me to write about it. My father grew up in a small town in 1932. His father was a civil servant and his mother came from a family of barbers. I understood that my father was pushed to become the village barber when that position...

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The Cure for Boredom Is Curiosity. There Is No Cure for Curiosity.

I am bored easily. Until 7 years ago, I had a demanding job that prevented such feelings. Since about 2015, I'm on an introspective journey. Usually, it's about Why and sometimes about the How or What questions. In science, this journey is called internal curiosity, which differs from external curiosity that is triggered by our senses (eg,...

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After the Love has gone

After the Love has gone

Tuesday morning last week, she started a blame game. This made me angry as it triggered very unpleasant memories. I used silence to de-escalate and wrote my macro-micro metaphor Shattered illusions. My silence made matters worse. She left me, while blaming my anger for her departure. She assumed no accountability or responsibility for her vicious remarks....

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Having power is a threatening aphrodisiac

Having power is a threatening aphrodisiac

In last Tuesday's blog, I wrote that having power is a threatening aphrodisiac. The aphrodisiac part is about wanting more and more because we believe that more is better (my blogs). However, in accordance with the ordinal utility or Pareto ranking in micro-economics, each "more" yields less additional (or: marginal) satisfaction and creates more indifference....

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