Posts tagged ‘psychology’

Link: “The Following News Release Contains Potentially Disturbing Content: Trigger Warnings Fail to Help and May Even Harm”

Original post found at: https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/trigger-warnings-fail-to-help.html

Interesting finding about trigger warnings. This study found that their use doesn’t seem to help survivors “brace” for upsetting info, and can long-term aggravate PTSD by increasing their sense of identification with their trauma (preventing healing). On the other hand, I feel like content warnings (more broadly) can be useful as just a “content you might wish not to see” filter. Like, I find stories of animal cruelty or neglect really distressing, not due to personal trauma, I just do… I’m sure a trigger warning wouldn’t help “soften the blow” of such content for me, but that’s not really the point, the point would be giving me something to filter out so I never have to see it. Hon­est­ly, I think it’s that ability to filter stuff out that’s key, so you don’t even need to see the content – but that applies more to social media feeds than uni lectures I guess.

Link: “Paradox of Choice” by Pete Moore

Original post found at: https://pimoore.ca/2021/07/26/paradox-of-choice.html

This is a good, creatively-written piece on “indecision paralysis” (whatever you call the phenomenon – as it notes, it goes by many names). It reminds me of something similar I’ve read in terms of what immigrants from Eastern Bloc countries to the West would experience when they first went to a supermarket, and people would be like, “Isn’t it so great you have so many options for toothpaste now?!” and they’d respond like no, this does not enhance my life at all. For so many things, some options are good, too many is a burden.

Wiki: personality traits

This page is about a couple of different systems of describing personality traits. They were both derived by using factor analysis to reduce personality-related adjectives that frequently appeared together (e.g. “inquisitive” and “creative”) down to a small number of broad traits that are believed to be behind all the associated descriptors.

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Link: “Psychologists Explain Your Phone Anxiety (and How to Get Over It)”

Original post found at: https://www.thecut.com/article/psychologists-explain-your-phone-anxiety.html

I wish it wasn’t the case, but I definitely have phone anxiety, at least when calling unfamiliar people. This article offers a few potential reasons why: it cuts off non-verbal communication, it puts you under time pressure (as in you can’t take your time typing a thoughtful reply), you might feel like you’re being judged, and you just might not get a lot of practice talking on the phone, so you might not grok the “rhythm” and feel awkward. For me, I know another reason is that the audio quality of a phone line tends to be pretty bad, which can result in misunderstandings or repeated requests to repeat oneself. Then answering phone calls has further problems – the sheer number of them that are spam, and the fact that those which are not spam (if they’re not familiar people calling for a chat) put me on the spot and usually ask things I wish I had more time to prepare for. Just, argh, I hate phone calls.

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