Reflections on the year of COVID-19: personal failures, related psychological and social dynamics, and possible lessons

In the context of the continuing coronavirus pandemic and related crises – which are rapidly intensifying in much of the northern hemisphere as their second wave worsens – I want to reflect on last year and try to begin to identify some possible lesson learned. 2020 was a year we won’t soon forget and for … [Read more…]

An embryonic field: knowledge psychology?

(UPDATE: I recently came across inquiry into “knowledge resistance” [e.g. link]; such inquiry is similar to aspects of what I discuss below).  There a lots of fields that fuse consideration of human psychology and other concerns. Examples include health psychology, educational psychology and economic psychology. Some are highly interdisciplinary and others might better be considered … [Read more…]

Books I found interesting or that influenced me in 2018

Here’s an overview of some books I found interesting (you might also) and/or influenced me this year: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt: presents an interesting introduction to the field of moral psychology and theories of moral reasoning. Interesting discussion of Haidt’s views on human nature especially human groupish-ness, righteousness, and selfishness hypocrisy. Argues we … [Read more…]