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Archive | August, 2004

Bullying Survey Results Or The Hypocrisy of the Anti-Bully Movement Chapter One: Power

Cognitive Dissonance and Hypocrisy There is a psychological theory called Cognitive Dissonance, proposed by Leon Festinger in 1956, which posits that people cannot tolerate contradictions in their own cognitions, or thoughts. So what we do is perform mental manipulations that reduce the discomfort of these internal contradictions. In ordinary language, we practice hypocrisy. Yes, we […]

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On Humor and Laughter

by Izzy Kalman (August, 2004) I lecture a lot about the importance of humor. On several occasions, seminar participants commented that I don’t practice what I preach because I hardly laugh at the seminars. Laughing and having a sense of humor are not identical. If the person hearing a joke doesn’t laugh, he may be […]

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Bully, Hypocrite and Cognitive Dissonance

by Izzy Kalman (August 2004) I didn’t expect to be writing again about money, the main subject of my last newsletter, but I received so many lengthy letters from upset readers that I realized the subject of money needs more attention. The points I had made are so simple but so foreign to our consciousness […]

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The Village – Movie Recommendation

by Izzy Kalman (August 2004) Ever since I saw the incredible movie Unbreakable by M. Night Shyamalan, I have been looking forward to his new films. His most recent is The Village. It’s hard to go wrong with a Shyamalan movie. Even the ones that aren’t truly great will give you plenty of food for […]

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