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Olive oil anxiety?

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The first sentence of this Quartzy newsletter article is the weirdest thing I’ve read this weak:

There is a particular feeling of panic and dismay that one experiences in front of shelves stocked with olive oil.

Do people really feel “panic” when they look at cooking oil at a supermarket? Is this a thing?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 13, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Psychology

The black billionaire who believes in IQ tests

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/vista-ceo-testing/559148/

Robert Smith, the richest black person in America (richer than Oprah Winfrey) takes over software and technology companies, and he’s a strong believer in IQ testing.

Applicants to Vista companies, from the entry to the senior-executive levels, are subjected to a timed standardized test.

Testing, Smith says, helps his companies find talented people—people the competition has overlooked because their résumé lacked certain credentials or because of the inherent biases of managers. Smith describes Vista as a pure meritocracy, where high performers succeed regardless of their background, race, or gender. He likes to tell rags-to-riches stories: senior employees who began as a mail-room worker, a roofer, a shelf stocker.

And then the article presents this bogus counterevidence:

Another reason the mid-century vogue for testing came to an end: The tests just weren’t effective. William Whyte once persuaded a group of corporate presidents to take some of the assessments popular at the time. None of the executives scored high enough to be hired by their own company.

That naively assumes the executives were the best people, rather than incompetents who were good at office politics (or even backstabbing people to get to the top).

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Some additional info from the Wall Street Journal:

Former employees say cost cutting is critical to Vista’s model. Some of the companies Vista takes over are located in markets with a high cost of living, such as Southern California or New York City. To tamp down wages and other costs, Vista will relocate part or all of the company to a less-expensive city such as Dallas. Many employees won’t make the move, allowing Vista to hire cheaper replacements. Vista often keeps a company’s headquarters in place and encourages it to expand in lower-cost markets.

Most of the people Vista hires score highly on the cognitive test. Often they are young employees with less-impressive credentials or experience. These HPELs, as they are known, may have gone to state universities and be willing to do a job for $75,000 that an Ivy League graduate in a high-cost market would demand twice as much for.

Vista takes the tests very seriously, using proctors or observing test-takers by video to make sure no one cheats. The test’s purpose, says an executive at a former Vista portfolio company, is to “level the playing field” among employees. The executive says he told a manager who was upset about having to take it that all of his subordinates would be doing so as well.

Former employees say low scorers aren’t fired, but they are less likely to be promoted.

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July 24, 2018 at EDT am

Finding that conservatives are more “authoritarian” and less tolerant was bogus research

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/07/how-social-science-might-be-misunderstanding-conservatives.html

Nice to see a mainstream publication admitting up to this and presenting the compelling research proving that all the older research was massively biased.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 20, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Psychology

Lion’s eleven-factor model of personality

If other people can pull personality factors out of their *ss and call it a model, then why can’t I do it? I present to you my eleven-factor model of personality:

(1) IQ – How can you describe someone’s personality without mentioning their IQ? You can’t. IQ is the most important personality factor of all.
(2) Sociability
(3) Sensation seeking – This and the above factor replace extraversion.
(4) Neuroticism
(5) Future-time orientation
(6) Logicalness and resistance to persuasion
(7) Creativity and interest in new ideas
(8) Orderliness – I think that this factor and Future-time Orientation above replace Conscientiousness
(9) Honesty
(10) Humility (the opposite is Narcissism)
(11) Aggressiveness

Let me know what you think.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 16, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Psychology

Off-the-cuff thoughts about personality factors

There were some comments of the nature “MBTI is bogus, Big Five is real.”

I strongly disagree, they both have elements of reality and bogusness woven into them.

The most real and true personality research was done quite some time ago by H.J. Eysenck, yes he’s the same guy who did a lot of research into intelligence. Just as he believed that intelligence was a biological concept that could be measured, he applied the same ideas to trying to measure personality.

The two biggest factors he discovered, Extraversion (E) and Neuroticism (N) are thus the two most basic personality factors, with E being more dominant. The H.J. Eysenck explanation of Extraversion is more real than either MBTI or Big Five or HEXACO. More recent personality research is mired in political correctness.

With E, one could say that just as there is a general factor of intelligence, g, there is a general factor of extraversion, E, which correlates with being sociable, active, lively, impulsive and sensation seeking.

Later on, Eysenck added a P factor. People who score high on P are aggressive, antisocial, cold and egocentric. Eysenck’s P was then ignored by personality research, until recently when the HEXACO model got created with an “Honesty-Humility” factor, which sounds like a sub-factor Eysenck’s long-ignored P super-factor.

So is MBTI bogus? It’s bogus that MBTI assigns people to either-or, because personality traits are distributed along a normal distribution and most people are average. And I am sure that H.J. Eysenck could measure E a lot better than the MBTI questions. But as I wrote in the previous post, I feel that the S-N (Sensing vs. iNtuition) and F-T (Feeling vs. Thinking) dimensions, although confusingly named, are measuring something more useful and more distinct than Openness and Agreeableness which they are said to correlate with. As I’ve written several times before, I believe that Openness is the most bogus of the Big Five personality factors.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 16, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Psychology

MBTI types of people who read this blog

I believe that most of my readers are INT-

The E-I axis is a typical measure of extraversion vs. introversion, the most dominant of all personality factors. No matter what type of stuff is published on the internet, introverts are more likely to be reading it. Reading stuff is, generally, an introvert activity.

Neuroticism is the second-most important personality factor, but it’s missing from MBTI.

The S-N axis (Sensing vs. iNtuition) is said to correlate most with the Big Five factor of Openness, but I believe that there is a huge difference between the two factors. I don’t believe that Openness is a real personality factor because it primarily measures SWPLness which is a social class and not personality factor. On the other hand, the MBTI test does a much better job of isolating a factor relating to intellectual curiosity and creativity. People high in curiosity and creativity are “N,” so most readers are N. I suspect that the racist readers are more likely to be “S.”

The F-T (Feeling vs. Thinking) axis is a poorly named factor. It corresponds to Agreeableness which is also a confusing name (so maybe Accommodation is a better name). People who are type T (or low in agreeableness and accommodation) are less susceptible to peer pressure and groupthink (in other words, they Think for themselves), which is necessary for being a believer in HBD. I think that just about every reader is going to be T. Donald Trump is a strong type T.

The J-P (Judging vs. Perceiving) axis is correlated with conscientiousness and orderliness. For example, J types like formal to-do lists and always keep their bathroom clean, while P types are the opposite. I personally fall in the middle, which is why the concept of 16 personality types is bogus, because most people will be average for each personality axis. There should really be at least 243 MBTI types, acknowledging three levels for each axis instead of only two. And then if you add neuroticism into the mix, there would be 729 types.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 15, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Psychology

The benefits of psychopathy

In a 1946 article, [American psychiatrist Hervey Cleckley] wrote that the typical psychopath will have ‘often outstripped 20 rival salesmen over a period of six months, or married the most desirable girl in town, or, in a first venture into politics, got himself elected into the state legislature’. [source]

The article I wrote about yesterday talked about psychologists who taught psychopaths “cognitive morality.”

In order to be successful, normal people must learn what we might call cognitive psychopathy. For example, PUAs are teaching a type of cognitive psychopathy to their clients, especially with respect to shady PUA tactics like “negging.”

It’s too bad we live in a society where it’s beneficial to be a psychopath.

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21% of corporate CEOs are in the top 1% of psychopathic traits.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 13, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Psychology

When your child is a psychopath

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/when-your-child-is-a-psychopath/524502/

One of the best reads this week. (And a rare Atlantic article that has nothing to do with bashing Trump.)

Psychopaths not only fail to recognize distress in others, they may not feel it themselves. The best physiological indicator of which young people will become violent criminals as adults is a low resting heart rate, says Adrian Raine of the University of Pennsylvania. Longitudinal studies that followed thousands of men in Sweden, the U.K., and Brazil all point to this biological anomaly. “We think that low heart rate reflects a lack of fear, and a lack of fear could predispose someone to committing fearless criminal-violence acts,” Raine says.

The psychopath is the total opposite of someone like Elliot Rodger. As I previously explained, Elliot Rodger had extreme high neuroticism (one of the so-called “Big Five” personality traits, but really the most important trait after Introversion-Extroversion). I also remind you that kids with extreme high neuroticism are commonly misdiagnosed as having Asperger Syndrome.

Extreme high neuroticism is obviously bad, but what happens when someone has extreme low neuroticism? The result is not as good as one might think, it would appear to be one of the key components of a psychopathic personality.

Psychopath Carl explains how he enjoyed hurting his mother:

I remember when I bit my mom really hard, and she was bleeding and crying. I remember feeling so happy, so overjoyed—completely fulfilled and satisfied.

Psychopaths can be placed into two buckets: (1) those so unable to control their urges that they end up in prison; (2) those who develop a “cognitive morality,” meaning that they still don’t care about whether or not people get beaten up or killed, but they understand it’s to their personal benefit not to do that.

I have an issue with the goal of the people in the article to turn type 1 psychopaths into type 2 psychopaths. At least the first type is safely locked behind bars, while the second type is set free to do evil.

Carl was “rehabilitated” and had his own funeral home business (a great occupation for people who aren’t disturbed in the least by dead bodies) and a wife and a kid, but then when the reporter went to visit Carl, he was in prison again for domestic violence. Seems to me that Carl’s wife would have been a lot better off if Carl had been kept locked away his whole life. Carl probably also rips off his customers while he fakes empathy for their loss.

Psychopaths do not get truly rehabilitated, they just learn how to control it enough so that the evil they do doesn’t get them put back in prison.

PUAs would surely tell us that women like psychopaths because they confuse their fearlessness for confidence, and confidence is confused with having high social status.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 12, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Psychology

65% of Americans believe they are above average in intelligence

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0200103

I”m surprised that it’s only 65% and not higher.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 5, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Psychology

Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?

Atlantic Magazine asks “Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’”

The question isn’t answered in the article, but the answer is simple. We live in a gynocentric world, so what women do (spend hours a day looking at FaceBook or Instagram on their smartphone) is considered normal, but what guys do, especially nerdy guys, is considered abnormal behavior.

Also, I remembered that around the year 2000, people were worried about “internet addiction,” but that idea disappeared after it became “normal” for everybody to spend hours a day surfing the web.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 3, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Nerdy stuff, Psychology

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