Month: November 2019

  • [The Logic of Life] Why some workplaces are miserable

    [The Logic of Life] Why some workplaces are miserable

    Disclaimer: This is my attempt to read The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational world, I am but someone who tries to synthesize understanding from ideas presented in this book. There are many problems in the office that make it a living hell: back-stabbing colleagues, bullying bosses and all sorts of seemingly irrational behaviors. […]

  • [Person & Situation] Why is Social Influence so powerful ?

    [Person & Situation] Why is Social Influence so powerful ?

    Disclaimer: This is my attempt to internalize the book Person and Situation, I am but an interpreter of these ideas. Why are people’s attitudes and behaviors are influenced so much by other people even by whom they don’t know ? Informational aspects of social influence People around us are one of the best sources of […]

  • [Beyond Boredom & Anxiety] Elements of Flow

    [Beyond Boredom & Anxiety] Elements of Flow

    Disclaimer: This is my attempt to read the book Beyond Boredom and Anxiety, I am but an interpreter of these ideas. The concept of flow is widely known as the state of maximum performance of human’s capacity. Experts often describe this experience as producing intense enjoyment and productivity. Therefore it holds a unique position if we want […]

  • [The Logic of Life] Rationality is not always Intelligence

    [The Logic of Life] Rationality is not always Intelligence

    Disclaimer: This is my attempt to read The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational world, I am but an interpreter of these ideas. John Kagel and Raymon Batalio were trying to figure out the degree to which animals exhibit intelligence. To prepare for the main experiment, they put lab rats into boxes […]

  • [Person and Situation] Inhibition of Bystander Intervention

    [Person and Situation] Inhibition of Bystander Intervention

    Note: This is my attempt to read the book Person and Situation. I am but an interpreter of these ideas. In 1960s, a girl was stabbed repeatedly by an assailant before more than 30 witnesses and no one helped her. It turns out that people ignoring cries for help is not a symptom of increased individual apathy […]

  • [Beyond Boredom & Anxiety] Intrinsic Motivation and Enjoyment

    [Beyond Boredom & Anxiety] Intrinsic Motivation and Enjoyment

    Disclaimer: This is my attempt to read the book Beyond Boredom and Anxiety, I am but an interpreter of these ideas. Intrinsic motivation produces enjoyment which leads to productivity Most theories of human motivation depend on a “deficit theory”, which essentially says that all activities and engagement can be reduced to satisfaction of basic needs. With Freud, […]

  • The Five-stage Model of Adult Skill Acquisition

    The Five-stage Model of Adult Skill Acquisition

    Stage 1: Novice During this stage, the novice learns to recognize objective facts and features relevant to the skill. He also learns rules for determining actions based on these facts and features. Elements and rules of behaviors of a particular situation are clearly and objectively defined so they are “context-free”. The manipulation of unambiguously defined context-free elements by precise […]

  • [Beyond boredom and anxiety] Consequences of management based on external motivations

    [Beyond boredom and anxiety] Consequences of management based on external motivations

    Disclaimer: This is an idea from Beyond Boredom and Anxiety, Management based on external motivations assume that people are only motivated by external pressures and factors The management of behavior as frequently practiced is based on the assumption that humans are only motivated by external pressures and factors. From young ages, children are taught by […]

  • [Person & Situation] The Problem of Effect Size

    [Person & Situation] The Problem of Effect Size

    Note: This is my attempt to read the book Person and Situation. I am but an interpreter of these ideas. In statistics, an effect size is a quantitative measure of the magnitude of a phenomenon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effect_size So there are three criteria to define an Effect size, that would affect how we categorize an effect as important or […]