Why Victimhood Is Thriving at College, and What We Can Do about It

The college victim culture is more than a lifestyle. It’s an industry, and the kids people are calling “snowflakes” are the furthest thing from delicate. Like anyone else, they are responding to the incentives placed before them, and universities offer powerful incentives for being outraged. Victimhood is thriving on campus. Here’s what I think drives it, and what we can do to rescue kids from it.

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May PsychNotes • Insect Intellect

The Smithsonian estimates there are around 900,000 species of insects and 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 of them buzzing and crawling around at any given moment. Look out! There’s one behind you! They’re everywhere, and they have their own psychology. Or at least their own way of processing information.

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April PsychNotes • Strange Perceptions

Here’s something to ponder. None of us know what’s happening right now because everything we see and hear has already occurred. It takes time for light and sound to reach us, plus more time to process information once it arrives. By the time we’re aware of what’s happening, it’s already history. Perception is tricky business. Here’s more trickiness…

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February PsychNotes

Valentine’s day approaches. Some people appreciate the holiday less than others (we call those people “men”), but I think it’s a great opportunity to think about our connections to others even in platonic or professional contexts. No matter how charismatic or empathetic we are, there’s always room to improve our connection to others.

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January PsychNotes

PsychNotes is my monthly newsletter. I think I’ll start posting it here on the website. We’ll see how it goes. If you want to receive it by email each month, there’s a signup form in the sidebar on the right. Enjoy!

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