Ep 303: Significance Quest Theory: How Do We De-Radicalize People?

MichaelDevelopment, Emotion, Motivation, Personality, Social PsychologyLeave a Comment

How does deradicalization work?

  We know a lot about why individuals join extremist groups, what can we do about it? How do we bring them back to society and help them have meaningful lives again? This is the second of 2 episodes on this topic and what we learn here also applies to school shooters. Here are some concrete suggestions, supported by extensive … Read More

Ep 254: How to Create Great Ways for Seniors to Live

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Senior Citizens Working Again

What comes to mind when you think “nursing home”? Not so good, right? Let’s change that. Let’s use what we learn from psychology to create exciting places for seniors to live. We’ve got the tools provided by Maslow’s Hierarchy and by Self Determination theory. Here’s one way we could revolutionize the “senior years”. Motivation Theories Maslow’s Hierarchy: Physiological needs, Safety … Read More

220: More Evidence That Animals Think and Feel

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In episode 217 I asked you to be frank with yourself: Does your animal really think? It’s easy to believe they do, but if you’re going to study this issue scientifically you have to eliminate our human tendency to anthropomorphize – to want to believe that animal actions are motivated by internal states. Articles Mentioned In This Episode Fruit flies … Read More

Ep 214: Your Adolescence is Giving Me A Mid-Life Crisis!

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We all know that adolescence is a time of change and often a tough time for the teen. But what about the parent? Today’s parents are often older than years ago, and today’s parents are sometimes going through their own self-examination, their own doubts, their own exploration. What happens when you bring those two together? Sometimes a lot of yelling … Read More

Ep 211: Is a Little Deception Okay? Paid Crowds and Native Advertising

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We face more moral “dilemmas” in everyday life than maybe we don’t realize. How do we resolve them? In this episode I discuss two interesting moral dilemmas: a) should you employ for-hire crowds of actors to attend your event in order to make it look like you’re more popular than you really are? and b) should you place your advertisements … Read More

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