Ep 301: Hatred and Violence in America: It’s Not About Mental Illness

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Significance Quest Theory

There are too many knee-jerk, brief (and incorrect) explanations for why the US is experiencing such a rise in hatred and violence. Claiming that violent perpetrators are “mentally ill” is wrong. We have research and we understand the dangerous path that some young men get involved in and which ultimately leads them to violence. The right answers are more subtle, … Read More

Ep 326: Giving Voice To Our Digital Assistants

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Genderless voice

Why do our digital assistants such as Alexa, Google Home, Siri and Cortana have “feminized” voices and what are the effects of this trend? That’s what I explore in this episode. Are there negative effects of using female voices in the devices we talk to and who talk to us? Are there alternatives? Turns out there is an alternative – … Read More

Ep 325: Love Your Work? Someone Will Take Advantage of That

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Work Passion: How You Can Be Exploited

It’s ingrained in western society that people should find work they really enjoy – work that fulfills a passion. If you’re lucky enough to have found work you’re passionate about you ought to know that there is a dark side. People who know that you’re doing the work because you love it might just take advantage of that. In this … Read More

Ep 322: An Introduction to Cross Cultural Psychology

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Rule Makers, Rule Breakers book

Why is it okay – in some cultures – to jaywalk, while in others you could get arrested for jaywalking? Why was marijuana was sold – legally – for years in the streets of Amsterdam when it is only now become legal in the US? The reason: some cultures are what author Michele Gelfand calls “loose” and others are “tight”. … Read More

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