Category Archives: Emotions

Signals from the unexpected

(credit: didgeman CC BY) The messages that are sent when expectations and reality are at odds can be revealing and powerful A few weeks ago, three things happened to me on three consecutive days. All three involved choices other people … Continue reading

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Personal framing

(featured image credit: H. Uechi) We have more power over how we make choices and how we feel than we may realize Imagine you are an oncologist, and you discuss a course of action with a lung cancer patient. There … Continue reading

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Rules vs instincts

(featured image credit: Gary J. Wood) Economic and social forces condition our behaviour in traffic – and not always for the best “Get out of my way!” If you’re a driver, this phrase has probably crossed your lips (and if not … Continue reading

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Influence from beyond the grave

(featured image credit: MemoryCatcher) How our relationship with a dead person guides the choices we make Have a look around you, and pick the first object that your eye catches. How much is it worth, would you say? Maybe you’re trying … Continue reading

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All there is

(featured image credit: Mikepaws) “None so blind as those who will not see” At the end of last year, Britain’s Royal Statistical Society invited, for the first time, their members and the general public to nominate their favourite statistic. In the … Continue reading

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All because of the Joneses

(featured image: eugeniu) Are we doomed to be forever dissatisfied with our lot?   Imagine the scene. You have just taken delivery of a shiny new car. You are over the moon. At last you have replaced its clapped out predecessor, … Continue reading

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The curse of two hands

Is ambidexterity a mixed blessing? When I started blogging almost four years ago, one of my first pieces(*) was entitled “A set of scales has two arms”. It was a reaction to a few instances of one-sided reasoning: the draining … Continue reading

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