January 28

21st Century Living

Monday’s Big Idea

Blind Spots

"Lance Armstrong: American Psychopath," was the headline on Big Think after details emerged about the cycling star's confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey. Does Armstrong possess psychopathic tendencies, and if so, what does that mean? 

Today we are taking another look at Armstrong's behavior from a different perspective. Why do we make mistakes and how can we prevent them? It depends on the state of our thinking.

"Our feelings are an inborn barometer of whether or not our thinking is productive in the moment," argues Garret Kramer, author of Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life. "When you work against this inborn barometer," Kramer continues, "confusion sets in. Act from confusion -- you're toast."

That is why if Armstrong is to learn from his mistakes -- and we are to learn from them as well -- "he should examine the feeling state from which he acted," Kramer argues. "The same goes for you and me." 

  1. 1 Feeling the Fall of Lance Armstrong
  2. 2 Max Bazerman: Blind Spots, Bernie...
  3. 3 How to Improve Your Athletic (and...
  4. 4 Jonah Lehrer on Learning From Mis...
   
  1. Feeling the Fall of Lance Armstrong

    Feeling the Fall of Lance Armstrong

    Lance Armstrong simply didn't (or doesn't) grasp the purpose of feelings. He believed that the off feeling in his gut was a sign to wage war. So he did just that -- and you know the rest.

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  2. Max Bazerman: Blind Spots, Bernie Madoff's and Ours

    Max Bazerman: Blind Spots, Bernie Madoff's and Ours

    In this video, Max Bazerman avoids an examination of Bernie Madoff’s ethics--which is best discussed elsewhere--in order to focus instead on the managers of feeder funds that aided Madoff.

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  3. How to Improve Your Athletic (and Other) Performance Through Self-talk

    How to Improve Your Athletic (and Other) Performance Through Self-talk

    When researchers asked runners to repeat a specific phrase in their heads, like "push," the runners performed substantially better than they had prior to the intervention. 

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  4. Jonah Lehrer on Learning From Mistakes

    Jonah Lehrer on Learning From Mistakes

    If errors are inevitable in the pursuit of anything worthwhile, then our most important decisions are inevitably made in their aftermath. 

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