Tag Archives: Psychology

HERE’S A LITTLE CHANGE OF PACE


Police officers, reporters and other investigators know that you rarely get the same story from any two witnesses.  We filter the things we see quite thoroughly, through prior experience and expectations.  And then there are times when our eyes just flat out don’t get the job done — or, more precisely, when your brain can’t handle the information accurately.

The next time you’re convinced you know exactly what you saw, remember this:

Chess Board and Shadow Optical Illusion

Go ahead.  Check it out.  I didn’t believe it either until I used a color-matching tool.

Something Similar — Straight Talk About Going Home


This just went live over at the Sunrise Detox Blog, if anyone’s interested.

The comedian Dave Gardner used to remark, “Folks are always saying, ‘Let’s do this again!’ But friends, you can’t do anything again! You can do something similar!”

I think about Gardner’s bit of wisdom when I hear people in early recovery talking about returning to their families and friends and “making it up to them.” (This also brings to mind the idea of pushing toothpaste back into the tube.) We say these things with the idea that we will be able to return things to the way they were “before” — if there ever really was a before.

That’s a lovely idea, but it’s not the way reality works.  Read More…

Brainwashing That You Encounter All The Time


From Lifehacker:

Brainwashing, whether mild or extreme, is possible in a large part due to isolation. If you only hear the brainwashed message on a regular basis, and rarely (or never) expose yourself to alternatives, you’re going to be far more likely to accept what you hear without thinking. If you want to avoid the brainwashing techniques discussed in this post, your best bet is to surround yourself with a spectrum of information rather than simply settling for the message that makes you feel comfortable. After all, that’s often what the message is aiming to do.  More: http://lifehacker.com/5886571/brainwashing-techniques-you-encounter-every-day-and-how-to-avoid-them