Sunday, August 28, 2011

The strange ways of our mind...

Hi Everyone;

  I haven't been posting so much lately, if you've not noticed already.  Sorry.  Just sort of busy and not quite so much to say.  But, when something does come up I like to share it. 
  I would like to take an aside and say that I'm adding to the two picture blogs - you can see these on the right - fairly frequently and that some of my less cerebral time goes there.  Of course, that indicates that there may be some cerebral activity going on here, which is not all so fair to presume.

  I was just reading on Time (http://moneyland.time.com/2011/08/26/how-consumers-fool-themselves-into-thinking-theyve-made-good-purchases/ ) about how we are manipulated in our shopping experiences.  I try to be wise in my purchases because I don't have the funds to venture into foolishness too often.  It was interesting in some avenues - specifically, I think, that we will spend more for products at easy reach than those not so simply attained.  I know for myself that when I am ready to purchase an item, and my toolbox at work is a great example of this, I'm ready to buy.  If that item isn't available right away, I'll go elsewhere and spend more for it rather than be patient.  Other times, I'm very patient and know I want something and what it costs before I make the purchase, so then wait until I find the "deal".
  Another interesting fact is locality.  That refers to area as well as time.  The manner in which foods are shown changes over the years.  The article used Clam Chowder as an example....in a generation past it was a thin soup.  Now it is very thick.... another is what is considered good food.  The article talked about an area where grasshoppers are fried and eaten and shrimp is considered garbage.  I recall reading where the new colonists to America were restricted to feeding their indentured servants lobster no more than 3-times a week.  Now it is a delicacy.
  So, having read that and beginning to think on the manner of manipulations we go through every day, I went on to see this video that I'll play below.  It was really interesting in the way that the very understanding of things, in a more simple and uneducated form, can influence purchase habits and value in other areas.
  I am interested in the psycho~social impact and value system this represents even to adults.  Please feel free to comment and maybe we can all learn a bit more about how we think.  Personally, I'm a bit intrigued.

video

5 comments:

Scottie said...

Sadly I am the kids....LOL well it makes my world a lot simpler. Yes as a species we are very manipulative. The sad or hardest thing is when some one you love or even work with is a manipulator. That makes everything harder, makes it less fun. Some people work harder at manipulating others than the would doing a busy hard work day. Hugs , Scottie

Anonymous said...

Hi Randy,
All "thoughts" are coming into our brains from outside "manipulation".

Just think of Kindergarten.
Just think of school.
Think of pseudo religions, that plant hate into kids minds.

The "experiment", the lady does with the poor child - in my eyes it is mistreating of a child, is simply for the ladies own satisfaction, cause it only tells about some "learned judging" on the side of the one being tested.
This is behaviorism , that just is just good for someone, who wants to know, how to best manipulate people. Behavourism does NOT include peoples needs, and it tends to perpetuate social standards.

So it is the preferred "Psychologic Research method" of people who think pretty much egoistically.

Let me just give you an example:
Just by asking a great lot of people: "Do you think, gay peoples way of life okay?" , you would sure get the unanimous answer: "NO!"
That is behaviourism at its best/worst.

So we better be careful.
hugs
<3 miles

Anonymous said...

Thanks Randy,

for still having Billy Lucas' shoes in such a prominent place on your blog.
Can one give up too early?
Did Billy Lucas did give up too early?
What / whose help did he miss, that could have kept him alive?
hugs
<3 miles

randy said...

Hi Miles;
Billy's shoes will always be there. Have you clicked on his picture?
-randy.

randy said...

Hi Scottie and Miles;
I find it interesting that the mind works in such a way to make some things seem more or better or whatever. We learn from the girl that a value, such as height in the glass or width of the spread of the quarters, can falsely influence the value of the item of question.
Miles, the manipulation that some play in regard to education and religion play upon the value of a higher being and perhaps on the value of 'fitting in' socially.
Scottie...I've seen the same thing where people will work so hard to manipulate others into doing something when they could do it themselves far easier and in less stress than the manipulation requires....what do they actually value that influences this effort?
We all have values open to misinterpretation and manipulation, by ourselves or by others. It is interesting to me that the very issue so obvious about the drink in the glass is in fact a ploy used by bars, and also by diet counselors. And yet, we adults are so sophisticated...

hugs!
randy.