Posts Tagged ‘social psychology’

Why Calling People Out Feels So Good

November 17, 2019 — Outrage is consuming more of our minds and more of our culture. In part, we can blame the issues we face. Immigration, racism, disparities, fractious politics – the list is long. Plus, we are wired so that calling people out feels good. Social media taps into this primitive impulse and hands us a tool for […]

Who Gave Santa Claus Obesity?

December 25, 2013 — Who gave Santa Claus obesity? This is one question about obesity that has a simple answer. Clement Clark Moore did it when he wrote A Visit from St. Nicholas, now well known as The Night Before Christmas. No one has really seen St. Nicholas or Santa Claus since the fourth century when he lived in the […]

Trolleys, Ethics, and Obesity

April 2, 2013 — Hidden irony attracts us. In the midst of a recent New York Times op-ed about studies of inconsistent ethics was data on people who “found it more acceptable to push a fat man in front of a trolley” than others did. It’s not often you see the words “fat man” in a newspaper these days. […]