Anger emerges from a provocation, the person’s interpretation of the provocation, and their mood at the time. Interpret and decide what it means to you first.

Anger emerges from three interacting factors: a provocation, the person’s interpretation of the provocation, and their mood at the time. Before you actually get angry, you interpret that provocation. You decide what it means to you, and whether or not you can cope with it. These thoughts we have when provoked matter a great deal. When you catastrophise (ie, blow things out of proportion), …

54% of Westerners see climate change as a “very serious” problem

The consensus to invest more in conservation is up to 92% of voters now, from 84% in 2011, and is nearly equal across the Western states. Those feelings also cross the partisan spectrum, Metz said, with 98% of Democrats wanting more protection and 87% of Republicans, according to new results from a long-term, eight-state poll run by Colorado College.  Neighborhoods with …

Why and how conspiracy theories work

Voltaire once said: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities” — and he was right. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/03/opinion/qanon-conspiracy-theories.html – Believers in conspiracies will often automatically dismiss factual claims disputing their beliefs. Jovan Byford, a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University in England, makes the case that Conspiracy theories seduce not so much through the power of argument, but …

What white grievance are Dems supposed to address? Our problems have been generated by feeding inequality for decades and centuries.

Yes Magazine, Jan 2021. See The Spirit Level. Pickett & Wilkinson. During Obama’s presidency and the lead-up to Trump white Americans gained about 4 million jobs and more than $5,000 in real (inflation-adjusted) median family income from 2010 to 2017—much more than Black, Latinx, and Native Americans gained. Economic improvement was especially strong in the upper Midwest, which is 80% White. …

Systematizers

While everyone has a Systemizing Mechanism, it’s tuned especially high in people who are inventors and in those drawn to fields like science, engineering, music, competitive sports, high-level business and often, too, in people with autism. By Christine Kenneally, NY Times Book Review, Dec 2020 THE PATTERN SEEKERSHow Autism Drives Human InventionBy Simon Baron-Cohen At the end of the 20th …

The body keeps score, with negative experiences in childhood. But even small changes can help. Trauma can be inherited. We need to understand what we’re passing on

“ACEs” referred to three specific kinds of adversity children faced in the home environment—various forms of physical and emotional abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. The key findings of dozens of studies using the original ACEs data are: (1) ACEs are quite common, even among a middle-class population: more than two-thirds of the population report experiencing one ACE, and nearly a …

Better advice, choices, and emotional regulation: Benefits of mentally addressing yourself as “you” or even in the third person

Evidence suggests that there are real benefits of talking to yourself in the third person—in your head, not out loud. By Shayla Love December 28, 2020, Vice.com. Our external context is also shaping us though: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/12/life-simpsons-no-longer-attainable/617499/ According to the Bible, King Solomon, the Israelite king, was an incredibly wise man. People traveled far and wide just to ask for his advice, including two …

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight. New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. By Olivia Goldhill, Science reporter, October 10, 2015, Quartz Even if you have all the facts, you may not convince others to agree with your argument. It’s frustrating, but according to Rob Yeung, …

Greater bird biodiversity brings greater joy to people: the happiest are those who experience numerous different bird species in their daily life or who live in near-natural surroundings home to many species

 Carly Nairn Dec. 08, 2020, EcoWatch, Study: Birds Are Linked to Happiness Levels A new study reveals that greater bird biodiversity brings greater joy to people, according to recent findings from the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research. In fact, scientists concluded that conservation is just as important for human well-being as financial security. The study, published in Ecological Economics, focused on European residents, and determined that …