Why Everyone Here is Innocent
Prisoners are strongly influenced by the self-enhancement motive (i.e., the desire to see themselves in positive light)...no matter what objective circumstances might be.
"Everyone in here is innocent" says Morgan Freeman's character Red, a convicted murderer, in The Shawshank Redemption.
This is not just the stuff of fiction. In fact, research from the University of Southampton shows that prisoners rate themselves as equally law-abiding as non-prisoners. Not only that, prisoners believe they possess more pro-social characteristics – kindness, morality, self-control, and generosity – than non-prisoners.
What these prisoners are doing, according to the study, is ignoring reality, or "stretching reality to the breaking point."
According to Constantine Sedikides, Professor of Social and Personality Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research on Self and Identity at the University of Southampton, "prisoners are strongly influenced by the self-enhancement motive (i.e., the desire to see themselves in positive light)...It is very important for people to consider themselves good, valued, and esteemed no matter what objective circumstances might be. For anyone who doubts this, ask them if they think that their children are perfectly average."
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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