- Our lives in a cage
- Toe the line or else!
- New generations all submit to ‘The Man’
- The Story
- Removing the obstacles to self-actualization
- Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
- The fear of disapproval
- Freeing Ourselves From Our Characters
- Losing Our True Self
- Government Support v Government Control
- Supposed to…
- Friday the 13th
- Stop being an automaton
- Believing in Santa and your poker hand
- The Risk of Breaking the Stranglehold of Conformity
- Lars and the Real Girl
- Asch Conformity Experiments
- Three men make a tiger (三人成虎)
- Which came first – the belief or the community?
- Selling out or just changing our beliefs?
- Hide in Shouldland – find evidence to confirm your beliefs
- Inductive reasoning and making wrong assumptions
- Knowledge and Wisdom: what are they and how to get them
- How ‘Shouldland’ politics can influence public policy
- Beliefs and Opinions
- Which to follow: the law or good morals?
- Being a Bully and the Rule of Authority
- Social influence: weren’t we taught to resist peer pressure?
- They will try to pull you back in
- Concious v Unconcious Mind
- The Elderly
- System Justification, Singlism and the Marriage Myth
- Shouldland in Popular Media
- The Matrix
- Social Norms and Counterculture
- Escaping Shouldland
- Why does Shouldland exist?
- The Caged Monkeys
- What is Shouldland?
Tag Archives: social psychology
We are all slaves to the routines of our ancestors. We eat at set hours, we work at set hours, and we watch television at set hours. We imprison ourselves in our set ways because for the most part, we … Continue reading →
Each new generation of children/young adults presents a problem of compliance to the unwritten rules of society. Their socialization into the institutional order (‘The Man’) requires the establishment of sanctions. Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann in ‘The Social Construction of Reality’ argue … Continue reading →
From the time we were born we were told a story. A story about our life, our society and how we must behave in it. We are told this story through the words and actions of our parents and other … Continue reading →
It is the responsibility of all of us to try to lift others up the hierarchy of needs, starting with our children and adolescents. Governments, parents and teachers have a crucial role in removing the obstacles to self actualization for … Continue reading →
When we are hurt we are left with emotional scars, and as long as these scars remain unresolved we behave in certain ways to compensate. We do this without thinking so we can cope with particular situations. These scars can … Continue reading →
I wrote a couple of months ago about how many politicians hold strong beliefs on how things should be, based on both their conservative greed and their unrealistic traditional values that they want to enforce on others, adding to our collective inability … Continue reading →
On a recent trip I spent a night with some old friends. A great chance to catch up with close members of my tribe who I haven’t seen for ages and who I love dearly. It was also a great … Continue reading →