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A New Theory of Distraction - The New Yorker
Review of The World Beyond Your Head: Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew Crawford.
book  review  distraction  attention  philosophy  self 
june 2015 by tsuomela
The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By :: The Redemptive Self
"The Redemptive Self: Stories American Live By brings together cutting-edge research in psychology and cognitive science with bold interpretations of literature, history, politics, and popular culture to produce a profound meditation on what it means to be an American, and what it means to live a good life in America. "
book  psychology  memory  self-concept  future  past  history  self  nation  american-studies  america 
january 2013 by tsuomela
You Won’t Stay the Same, Study Finds - NYTimes.com
"When we remember our past selves, they seem quite different. We know how much our personalities and tastes have changed over the years. But when we look ahead, somehow we expect ourselves to stay the same, a team of psychologists said Thursday, describing research they conducted of people’s self-perceptions."
psychology  memory  self-concept  future  past  history  self 
january 2013 by tsuomela
No, technology is not going to destroy your privacy in the future
"You've heard the arguments already. On PBS News Hour, on NPR, and in shiny books published by serious-minded New York publishers, we keep hearing this refrain: Social media and CCTV have stolen our private lives, and we'll never get them back.

There are two reasonable responses to this assertion: 1) Who cares if they have? and 2) No they haven't. Both turn out to be true. Let's figure out why."
privacy  technology  future  social-media  technology-effects  self  transparency 
september 2011 by tsuomela
echovar » Blog Archive » Mind The Gap: You Are As You Are Eaten
"The plate-glass shop window of the Romantic era is transformed in the contemporary commercial Web into the idea of three screens and a cloud. The shop window is now the small screen in your pocket and is called mobile e-commerce. Searls’s use of the word “Veal” implies that when we buy into the value of computerized personalization based on algorithmic interpretations of our data exhaust, we’re abandoning the expansive Whitman-esque view of the self and instead chowing down on the self as a calf constrained in the industrial process of producing veal. The word “veal” is meant to provoke a reaction of disgust. It ties a form of mechanized cruelty to a sanitary, abstracted computerized process. "
online  marketing  business  social-media  advertising  self  consumerism 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Chris Hedges: The Myth of The New York Times, in Documentary Form - Film Review - Truthdig
"When you allow an institution to provide you with your identity and sense of self-worth you become an obsequious pawn, no matter how much talent you possess. You live in perpetual fear of what those in authority think of you and might do to you. This mechanism of internalized control—for you always need them more than they need you—is effective. "
media  journalism  norms  behavior  organization  institutions  self-definition  self 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Gender Is Dead! Long Live Gender! : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
"The significance of studies such as these cuts in different directions. It suggests that you won't find a legitimation of our self-categories in neurobiology. If biology is the measure of all things, then many of the categories we use to group ourselves into kinds of person — man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, professor, cheerleader — are, in fact, unreal. You don't find them in nature as it is apart from our attitudes and beliefs about that nature. At the same time, what could be more real than the way we experience ourselves as being?"
philosophy  self  language  description  existentialism  gender  sex  psychology 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Actor–observer bias - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The hypothesis of an "actor–observer asymmetry" was first proposed by social psychologists, Jones and Nisbett in 1971. They hypothesized that “actors tend to attribute the causes of their behavior to stimuli inherent in the situation, while observers tend to attribute behavior to stable dispositions of the actor” (Jones
psychology  interpersonal  fundamental-attribution-error  attribution  self  other  action  wikipedia 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Useless Labor and Production of the Self < PopMatters
This whole set-up, in turn, fuels the view that narcissism and hipsterism are increasing society-wide, since self-production in the mode of marketing copy (developing the personal brand) is more and more what people do, if not for a living, then simply to appear, to be socially relevant.
self-presentation  production  self  online  culture  technology  capitalism  consumerism  consumption  labor  society 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Kieran Healy’s Weblog – Actually, having one Identity for yourself is a Breaching Experiment
"“Identity” is a slippery word, and there are ways to read Zuckerberg that makes what he’s saying trivially true. But those would be perverse ways, I think. I could go on at length about that, but I won’t. I’m also (luckily for you) fighting off the urge to write a few thousand words on the sociology of privacy. Instead, I just want to add two things. First, an idea from sociology. Having a single identity on display to everyone seems less like the definition of integrity and more like the procedure for a nasty breaching experiment of the sort that undergrads sometimes propose, and that as a responsible professor you talk them out of, on the grounds that they will get beaten up at some point during their fieldwork...

Second, an idea from psychology. Having an identity and having a secret are in fact quite closely related, and not just for superheroes. "
privacy  identity  facebook  self-concept  self-presentation  self  psychology  sociology 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Kierkegaard on the Couch - Happy Days Blog - NYTimes.com
These days, confide to someone that you are in despair and he or she will likely suggest that you seek out professional help for your depression. While despair used to be classified as one of the seven deadly sins, it has now been medicalized and folded into the concept of clinical depression. If Kierkegaard were on Facebook or could post a You Tube video, he would certainly complain that we, who have listened to Prozac, have become deaf to the ancient distinction between psychological and spiritual disorders, between depression and despair.
philosophy  psychology  spirituality  depression  happiness  literature  self  despair  kierkegaard  soren 
october 2009 by tsuomela
BPS RESEARCH DIGEST: Self-doubt turns bosses into bullies
Fast and Chen actually showed that it is self-perceived incompetence, not actual incompetence, that can provoke a person in power to abuse their authority.

The basis for the new research was the idea that people who are in a position of power, but who believe they are incompetent, are likely to feel threatened. Cornered managers, like trapped animals, lash out.
psychology  power  management  competence  abuse  business  self-perception  doubt  self 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Andy McKenzie: The Blog: Building a Relationship With Your Future Selves
People in their 20s wished they had saved for travel, people in their 30s wished they had saved for a house, and people in their 40s wished they had saved for retirement. His implicit suggestion is that younger people should use this data and get "ahead" of the curve by aligning their current savings patterns with what they probably will want to have done in 20 years.
philosophy  future  self  prediction  rationality 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The limits of self-knowledge | Psychology Today Blogs
Summary of some arguments against accurate self-perception from philosophers Dan Haybron and Eric Schwitzgebel.
self-knowledge  self-perception  philosophy  psychology  awareness  perception  self 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Mind - When All You Have Left Is Your Pride - NYTimes.com
Psychologists study pride and the difference between faking it and not.
psychology  pride  self-improvement  self-presentation  self 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Fear of Googled Past » CogDogBlog
And I don’t give a cat’s ass if you google my past and find something laughable, because those bits are not the entirety of who I am. I will laugh first at them.

I stand in the face of my google-able past and laugh.
search  memory  google  past  privacy  self  development 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias: I'll Be Different
People often wonder what it will be like for them to be old, or married, or with a successful career, etc. They usually conclude they just can't know, and must wait and see. Yet all around them are other folks who are old, married, etc. - why not just accept those experiences as a good predictions of such futures? People usually respond that they are too different from these other folks for their experiences to be a good guide.
philosophy  self-definition  perception  mental  bias  self 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The five dynamics. « Check Your Premises
Five expanding frameworks for the self - mind, body, relational being, social being, instantiation of mankind. Where is political intervention appropriate?
anarchism  self-definition  self-knowledge  framework  self  politics 
march 2009 by tsuomela
selfhood @ the informal education homepage
four ways of approaching the self - individuals as containers; as part of a whole, as dialogical; and as multiple voices.
politics  philosophy  psychology  self  education 
november 2006 by tsuomela

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