What Is Psychological Egoism?
The most obvious objection to psychological egoism is that there are numerous clear examples of people putting others' interests before their own.
Although psychological egoists think they can explain seemingly virtuous actions, their theory rests on a false account of human motivation. The fact that someone feels virtuous after performing a good deed may be true, but it is often just a side effect of their action. They didn't necessarily do it in order to get those feelings.
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Many of us have been in a situation where our emotions prevent us from responding appropriately and seeing the big picture. For example, in cases where we feel extreme anger, stress, anxiety, and s...
Executive functioning is the set of abilities and behaviors that is controlled by the frontal lobe, including:
Executive functioning helps you to regulate your emotions better, which gives rise to psychological distancing.
Proaction is the “possible you” that:
Your likability will increase if you aren’t perfect.
Those who never make mistakes are perceived as less likable than those who commit the occasional faux pas. Messing up draws peop...
Greater expectations drive greater performance.
The crux of this psychological phenomenon is the concept of a self-fulfilling prophecy: If you believe something is true of yourself, eventually it will be.
The more choices we have, the less likely we are to be content with our decision.
Even if our ultimate decision is clearly correct, when faced with many choices, we are less likely to be happy with what we choose. Because a wealth of choices makes finding contentment that much harder.