Recently, I was confronted with an ingenious argument: I am who I am because of my past. Hence, you should grant me similar behaviour in my future in order to remain to be (i) the person that I am today and (ii) the person whom you like. She says it's unfair of me to refuse her wishes. I offered her a compromise, which she did not like. This issue keeps surfacing. I...
4 Feb, 2020
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....
23 Aug, 2016
A couple of months ago, I received an article from the April 2016 Dutch Psychology Magazine about resisting temptations. Back then, the article was out of context. Today, this topic finally makes sense to me, especially given my 19 August 2016 blog on Gravity and the 7 Belief systems and the impact of temptations. Margriet Sitskoorn, neuropsychologist and Professor...
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- “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