Persuasion Articles of the Week

Cat Juggling!? So much suffering! Image from Steve Martin's movie "The Jerk", 1979
Cat Juggling!? So much suffering! Image from Steve Martin’s movie “The Jerk”, 1979


#interpretation #happiness #relationships #attention #suffering #marketing


Why Partisans Look At The Same Evidence On Ukraine And See Wildly Different Things

It’s only evil when the other side does it… for us it’s a virtue!


Want a Happier, More Fulfilling Life? 75-Year Harvard Study Says Focus on This 1 Thing

Relationships: Build them, nurture them, reinforce them.


You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question

This is a great way to reframe our goals: What suffering am I willing to live through, to get what I think I want?


To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight

As I remind my children often, we can only focus on one thing at a time. Everything else is filtered out.


How Your Insecurity Is Bought and Sold

Most people (~85%) live a life of insecurity. This is used by unscrupulous marketing to prey on these weaknesses, getting people to buy things in an attempt to buy happiness. It doesn’t work, of course, and then we buy something else.


Here’s Why Below-Average People Think They’re Amazing

Dunning-Kruger effect: we’re unaware of our shortcomings… until they’re all too clear, and then we think we suck (when we probably don’t).