Tag: Empathy

The Problem with Ping Pong: How Companies Psychologically Manipulate Employees into Working Longer Hours

Ping pong. Bean bags. Free lunch. I've spent two months researching the psychological tools companies use to get employees to work longer hours for free. This builds on my previous work on social psychological research and law including my first book: Us vs Them: A Case for Social Empathy. In my research, I've discovered that companies use the same techniques ...

Racism in Australia: How Much and Who?

Immigration Trends: Between 1975 and 2005, 42% of Australia’s population growth was because of immigration.[1] In 2012, 60% of Australia’s population growth was because of immigration.[2] Over 1 in 4 Australians are born overseas.[3] There are 5.3 million First Generation Australians and counting.[4] Over 1 in 5 Australians have a parent who was born overseas.[5] ...

How Physical Proximity (and Social Psychology): Can Prevent Racism, Sexism and Discrimination in Our Society

In previous centuries divisions of society were mended and band-aided by communal meeting areas: Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and other religious and civic halls. The decline of religion, or at least the decline of religious attendance, has seen the decline of these common meeting places for the collective consciousness of mankind. No longer can you strike ...

Why Does Society Divide Itself Into Smaller Categories of People Over Time? (In-Group and Out-Group Formation)

We are born without prejudice. Ask a baby if he hates any particular person and he will stare at you, blink occasionally and eventually (as is the norm for someone his age) burst into tears –not because of a profound distaste for the idea of hatred- but because of a need for food, security or ...

How to Combat Schadenfreude, or Enjoying The Pain of Others

Due to evolution, when our enemy is hurt, we celebrate. When our enemy is killed, we chant in the streets. When many of our enemies are killed we declare: "mission accomplished" on an aircraft carrier. Survival of our 'tribe' mandates joy at the death of our enemies just as it mandates sadness at the death ...