Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Your social class determines how you look at others

Upper class folks spend less time looking faces of random strangers, which could be the reason they have less empathy.  Details in article below:

Social attitudes to faces

Not worth a second glance

Oct 15th 2016| The Economist Oct 15th 2016

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November 14, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

The Science of the Story

Scientific American had a great article on the science of story telling (see my post The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn). The University of California, Berkely’s Greater Good Science Center has an updated article on the science of stories that’s just as worthy of a read.  (Read it on the original web site to get all the pictures and videos).

The Science of the Story

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 8, 2016 | Greater Good (U of Berkeley)

We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story—and research is starting to explain why

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June 9, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, brain | , , , , | Leave a comment

Rich lack empathy

According to the study below, people from higher economic status have lower emotional intelligence. IMHO that’s like saying the rich lack empathy.

From Chief Learning Officer:

Emotional Intelligence Linked to Socio-Economics, New Study Shows

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February 2, 2011 Posted by | behaviour, sociology | , , , | Leave a comment

Be a better negotiator

Bottom line: get inside your opponent’s head and skip on the empathy.

From The Economist, May 1st, 2008:

Inside a deal

It pays to get inside your opponents’ heads rather than their hearts

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September 30, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, psychology | , , , | Leave a comment

Improve your negotiation skills

It seems empathy is not a good thing when it comes to negotiations…

Inside a deal

May 1st 2008
From The Economist print edition

It pays to get inside your opponents’ heads rather than their hearts
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May 1, 2008 Posted by | decision making, economics, emotions, psychology | , | Leave a comment