Late April 2022, the Dutch multinational Randstad (eg, temporary labour) published the results of a study amongst students (eg, FD). Their main conclusion was that students are more interested in the culture and salary at an organization than its purpose or sustainability. I just wondered why this is even news. My title above is a phrase that we express once the...
7 Feb, 2022
Recently, I noticed a quote by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst: "I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud." The reference to fashionable stupidity is part of his 1920 address to the Society for Psychical Research in England. Clearly, stupidity is not a contemporary issue as it...
18 Jan, 2022
Some time ago, I noticed a Dutch article on a 2019 book by psychologist Roy Baumeister and journalist John Tierney: The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It (publisher). The book is recommended by psychologist Martin Seligman, a guru on positive psychology (eg, my 2015 blog). In 2014, I started writing for my blog. Those short...
7 Jul, 2020
I was surprised by the outcome of my blog of last Thursday. The low relative number gave a very different (macro) perspective than its high absolute (micro) number. It's too easy (for me) to blame the media or the source of those numbers. I think, feel and believe that our presenting of either absolute or relative numbers is a...
18 Jun, 2019
In several of my more recent blogs, I have used the word introspection. My "weird" conclusion was that I probably know others better than myself. This conclusion is, however, consistent with a 2018 article in The Atlantic: People don't actually know themselves very well. Its subtitle confirms my earlier conclusion: "Chances are, your coworkers are better at rating...
18 May, 2019
BPS / BT title: People with greater intellectual humility have superior general knowledge Big Think subtitle: Smart people are not afraid to say "I don't know." Author: Dr. Christian Jarrett Date of publishing: 3 April 2019 (BPS) / 15 May 2019 (BT) "In the era of social media and rolling news there’s a constant pressure to be in the know, always on hand with an...
- What is the “Great Replacement” right-wing conspiracy theory? (the Economist)
- Democracy might be in crisis. But Autocracy certainly is (FT)
- “I just don’t care anymore.”
- “Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice.”
- Love, Knowledge & Power and zero-sum
- The final taboo
- “Without love, life has no meaning”
- How the Ukraine War May End (GPF)
- Germany Is Rising Above History to Support Ukraine (Bloomberg)
- Pushing boundaries