Category: Psychology

The Curse of User Generated Content

‘User Generated Content’. A lovely phrase dreamed up by marketing people getting all excited about their website visitors creating fresh new content. This golden content would then propel them to the heights of Google with almost no effort required by them. ‘Building a community’. The Holy Grail of internet marketing. Not so fast. While this […]

So what does it mean to be a “grown up”?

I’m going to be 34 soon, and it’s got me thinking about what being grown up means to me. It’s easy to know when someone isn’t acting in a grown up way, but I found it much harder to get an idea of what that actually involves. It’s not age. It’s not how much stuff […]

The spoilt Feelers

Men and women seem to be coming from opposite directions some of the time. There are a number of frameworks for understanding this, the most popular being John Gray’s Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. While an interesting read, it doesn’t quite cover the reality of men and women’s interactions, because of one […]

Cashless systems and doublespeak

This is going to be a bit jumbled because it covers a lot of things, and I have just got up. Cashless systems for small transactions are obviously here now. Are they a good thing for us, for the retailer, both, or neither? For the purchaser (not “consumer”) From my point of view, cash is […]

Fritjof Capra keeps popping up…

I have tried to read his book The Tao of Physics several times but get all bamboozled. He has just popped up again in Gerber’s The E-Myth. I must look more into what Capra has been saying – I feel it is important! Systems theory looks at the world in terms of the interrelatedness and […]

Awesome quote

Another nugget from a chapter preface in Science and Sanity: “Nevertheless, the consuming hunger of the uncritical mind for what it imagines to be certainty or finality impels it to feast upon shadows in the prevailing famine of substance.” Bell, E. T. In other words, when people don’t know they jump to conclusions.  Such is […]