Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address (by StanfordUniversity)
I read the transcript of this a while ago, but it’s so much more powerful watching it.
Professor Sapolsky Explains the Origin of Religion Part 1/2 (by RichardDawkinsdotcom)
Those with schizophrenia were perhaps the ones who saw the burning bush talk and were responsible for other religious visions (e.g. Jesus back from the dead etc.)
Those with OCD likely came up with religious rituals.
People with temporal lobe epilepsy have uncontrolled tendencies to write and become obsessed with religious and philosophical subjects. One person suspected to have this disorder was St. Paul.
Playing hard to get is a timeworn technique for snagging that desired significant other. And there’s a reason, say Stanford researchers. Being rejected increases many people’s motivation to pursue that elusive objective—with a vengeance.
But there’s a catch. It turns out that being rebuffed, in fact, makes people less fond of what it is they think they want more. Once they obtain the desired goal, many are quicker to lose interest in it.
“When someone is thwarted from obtaining his original desire, he, in fact, comes to find the attractiveness and appeal of his target to be diminished. Yet, perversely, he may feel he wants it even more. The thrill becomes the chase.”
In the study, participants were asked to solve several puzzles and were told that if their performance was in the top 25th percentile, they would receive a gift. Then, at random, some were told they had met the goal, while others were told that they had not.
Those who were denied the gift were then asked how much they would be willing to pay for it in a store. Participants who did not receive the gift were willing to pay more for it than those who later did actually receive it. “This shows that being rejected made them want it more,” says Shiv.
“Jilted” participants then completed a second set of tasks to obtain the same gift, and all were told they had won. They were subsequently asked whether they would like to trade the item for another of equal value. Significantly more subjects who had been denied the gift the first time were willing to trade it away than those who had received it on round one.
Brilliant study. I love seeing the whole playing hard to get game get downplayed by a study.