Category: sociology & psychology

  • Definition: being adult

    An interesting definition that came to me, based on personal experience whom I’d call an “adult” and whom not. Here it is: “Somebody is an adult if he / she cares for the mental well-being people, by his / her own initiative, with responsibility and regularly / as a habit. Caring for material elements of […]

  • Ideas for Project 10^100: psycho hygiene system

    Some days ago, Google announced on their home page a new project, the Project 10100. They collect ideas and will honor the idea that will help the most people. Practically, this means that the five best ideas are sponsored with 2 million USD on average, to be executed. So to win this contest, I though […]

  • One personality disorder for everybody

    There is an ongoing discussion regarding the causes of personality disorders (according to the Wikipedia article on personality disorders). Depth psychology emphasizes childhood as the key area, psychotherapy emphasizes adolescence and the identity buildup phase, learning models and behaviorists emphasize that personality disorders are something learned. Globally, they are rather complimentary and support each other […]

  • On intuition

    Hey, I’m going to try out a new form of blogging: 10-minute posting. That is, one post must not take longer to write than 10 minutes (surprise!). Though this will affect quality, I’ll hopefully get out more of the thoughts that come to my brain … currenty, most are stored in FreeMind mindmap. This time, […]

  • 10359 comments on what do emos want …

    If you are, by chance, not too familiar with today’s subcultures, I’m going to confuse you now the same way I confused me yesterday. By looking at Amy’s Video clip “Was ist Emo?” (“What is emo?”) on YouTube. She had this video online before (quoted in first version of this post), and it reached 250,000 […]

  • Identity and personality

    Lately, I got an idea for a new, meaningful definition of [human] identity and personality: Identity is, in an abstract sense, the set of differences by which one instance differs from its type. For example, an off-the-shelf car gets an identity by tuning modifications, by its number plate, its history of owners, the things that […]

  • People do not change. They learn.

    To say that people “change [in character]” is a widespread verbalization that we all understand. Saturday it deemed on me that this is correct as a phenomenological verbalization, but not from a psychological viewpoint. This difference has consequences for everyday life. Let me explain: To “change” in character would imply that we forget some of […]