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Compensation

Last Friday, someone dared me to analyze him. I told him that he is an introvert compensating with extravert behaviour. He was very surprised by my analysis because no one had ever dared to describe him like that. He disliked the word "compensation" though. I told him that we all compensate. "In psychology, compensation is a strategy whereby one...

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Art vs Science

Some decades ago, there was a discussion in my audit profession whether auditing is an art or a science. Given the audit tools that are being developed nowadays, I suppose people would argue that auditing is a science. In my view, auditing is an art. These tools just make it harder, better, faster, stronger. Last week, I told my son that negotiating is an art; not a...

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What’s in it for me?

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...

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Fashionable stupidity (Carl Jung)

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...

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The positive power of negativity

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...

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The danger of using absolute or relative numbers

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...

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