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Easy to fool…

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If you tell us that a bottle of decent quality wine costs more than it really does,  we think it tastes better.  You can’t use that trick with truly cheap wine,  so we aren’t total idiots,  but I’ve seen it work often enough with all sorts of foodstuffs,  cars,  cosmetics to know it’s  a real  thing.    If you’ve ever shopped at Whole Foods you have seen something similar,  because you know they are charging you through the nose for cutting up your fruit,. leading to the nickname “Whole Paycheck”..

Many years ago I found several inexpensive wines that I truly enjoyed, and I have pretty much stuck with them.   They run between 9 and 14 dollars a bottle,  so I can enjoy the occasional libation without breaking the bank.  That leaves me enough money to splurge on a good single-malt Scotch when that’s what I want.

Just be aware of the many marketing weapons available to be employed against you and make sure your common sense and reason are fully engaged no matter what you are shopping for.

Since we began with wine, let’s finish with it,  because man has been making it  for thousands  of years,  along with a lot of other foods.

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August 26, 2017 at 5:16 pm

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Experts are idiots…

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When psychiatrists start referring to conditions as being on a “spectrum”  you can be fairly certain that is a cover for a lack of understanding.   This article is  a good example.   The one trait all psychopaths share is a lack of empathy  — that is what identifies them as psychopaths.   The other traits can be found in many people who are not psychopathic.   Indeed,  the collection of characteristics mentioned are most often found in sociopaths,  which is the group most serial killers belong to.   How many times have you heard news talking about killers being psychopaths?  Very few are.   Most are actually sociopaths because they must have empathy to understand the pain and terror they are creating in order to achieve something from their actions.  Psychopaths simply don’t care —  they would derive no satisfaction or pleasure from such actions and generally lack any impulse to commit them.

Many renowned CEOs,  if not fully fledged psychopaths,  have psychopathic tendencies,  as do a number of high-level military personnel, and probably some athletes.   Your own boss might be one,  but it’s unlikely you would ever know,  since the majority of them are intelligent and have learned how to blend in with   “normal”  society.

The entire point of this is to remind you that experts often know a great deal less than they claim to.   In my experience,  most people in the field of psychology don’t really understand the difference between sociopaths and psychopaths,  yet they go merrily along,  spreading their ignorance amongst us.   Use your powers of observation and your own experience before you turn to experts on matters of the mind.

 

 

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September 6, 2015 at 11:43 pm

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Facebook coloring your world…

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Is Facebook  running psychological  tests again?   If so,  the 26 million people who overlaid their profile photos with a rainbow filter participated.

I was not one of them.  I visit Facebook only to keep up with my far-flung friends and family and see all the adorable pictures of their children.

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July 3, 2015 at 10:13 am

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