In perilous times, our deepest human impulse is …

We are not made for this new normal
In perilous times, our deepest human impulse is to draw close to each other—the very thing we’ve been told not to do.
By Cynthia Gorney
National Geographic. June 16, 2020

Our deepest human impulse for the giving and receiving of comfort, especially in crisis—to move closer, to join hands, to feel the literal nearness of others—is the one we cannot indulge.



The ‘hidden talent’ that determines success
13th October 2017

  • tone and cadence of your voice
  • the spacing of pauses in your speech
  • altering your body language, mannerisms and facial expressions, depending on the background of the person in front of you
  • Would you sit or stand differently and pay attention to your hand gestures?

These are just a handful of the subtle shifts in behaviour that can contribute to what is known as your “cultural intelligence”, or CQ

Do You Know How Others See You?

Do You Know How Others See You?
By Elizabeth Bernstein
Aug. 28, 2017

Internal self-awareness is introspective—what happens when we know ourselves well. External self-awareness is what happens when we correctly understand how others see us. You can excel at one and not the other.

… seven categories of self-knowledge.
These are:

  • our values,
  • passions,
  • aspirations,
  • fit (what type of environment is going to make us happy and engaged),
  • personality,
  • strengths and weaknesses, and
  • the impact we have on people around us.

Self-control: serves the group

Logging In to the Brain’s Social Network
October 18, 2013

self-control seems like something that is there to help us move our own agenda forward, but a lot of times self-control is really serving to move the group’s agenda forward and serve the group.
So it’s a much more social factor than I think we usually consider.




The Madness Of Humanity Part 3: Tribalism
Marcelo Gleiser
July 27, 2016
Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist — and a professor of natural philosophy, physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College.

cited paper:
The Devoted Actor: Unconditional Commitment and Intractable Conflict across Cultures
Scott Atran
Scott Atran is Directeur de Recherche of the Institut Jean Nicod, Ecole normale supérieure of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS; Pavillon Jardin, 29 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris, France), Research Professor of the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy and Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan (, and Senior Fellow of Harris Manchester College and School of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford.

Confidence in Institutions

Americans’ Confidence in Institutions Stays Low
June 13, 2016

Americans have lost faith in pretty much everything
June 14, 2016
The people of the United States have pretty much had it with the country’s major institutions, as faith in everything from the banks and newspapers to organized religion and TV news has taken a big hit in recent years, according to a recent Gallup poll.