The Average Person Is Wrong

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This article deals with the question of the fundamental beliefs that describe how we view the world around us. So, some of the top-level categories of beliefs are: Religious, Political, Scientific, Gender-Roles and Economics. Lets consider Religious beliefs: Most people … Continue reading

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Who Owns Your Paid Training?

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When an employer offers to provide new hires with paid training, then who “owns” the skill set that is being built within the employee? Obviously, the employee owns the skill set, right? How could it be any other way? Continue reading

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What Is The Dollar Value Of Structure?

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This is really a question about what an insurance premium should be, that would guarantee a person against any loss in their overall wellness that might occur during a long period of inactivity. They say that having an unstructured life tends to put a person at risk (there’s the insurance connection) for various behavioral troubles. The old saying is: “Idle hands are the Devil’s playground.” So how much would a rational person be willing to “pay” for the benefit of daily structure in order to avoid the risks inherent in an unstructured life? … Continue reading

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Why Are So Many Veterans Homeless?

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Our society tends to view people who have served in the military as being, generally, more honorable and virtuous than the average person.  We react with strong disapproval when someone suggests that military veterans might, in any way, be less virtuous than those who have not served in the military.   Question: Could this custom to honor veterans be a factor that has (ironically) actually contributed to the high incidence of homelessness among veterans?  In such a serious matter as homelessness, are we really doing veterans any favors by taking some questions off of the table? Continue reading

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When Motives Compete

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A healthy, normal person loves his family. And he acts as if he loves his family, too. But a person who is handicapped by a Mind-Based Habit of Low Self-Exertion (MBH-LSE) will also have to provide for the “needs” of his handicap. The energy to address that need has to come from somewhere. So, it may end up coming from … Continue reading

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What Is Work?

There is an old saying: “If you love what you do, then you will never have to work a day in your life.” So it looks like there are two kinds of “work” that are being addressed in this saying. One kind of work (the kind that is being recommended) is: “pleasant self-exertion in an activity that also pays the bills.” The other kind of work is … Continue reading

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Sex And Work

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Some people seem to have a healthy sex instinct but a comparatively less healthy work instinct. Can this combination create a problem when a person is looking for a marriage partner? This article examines four different scenarios in which couples can be affected by the health (or sickness) of the work-ethic of each of the two partners. Continue reading

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Financial Incentives

PAL/GHGA offers new clients $10 to compensate them for spending an hour to complete the Belief Assessment Interview. Some people who have heard about this offer have commented that people might be willing to participate in the BAI even though they were not really lazy – just to get the money. This article responds to that observation. Continue reading

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When Does It Make Sense To Give Up?

Hindsight is 20/20. We have all had the experience of looking back over our lives, and remembering how we gave up on some important goal or project. Eventually we said to ourselves: “I wish that I hadn’t given up so easily.” This can be a bitter reflection. Of course, though, back at the time that we gave up on those goals, for one reason or another, it probably seemed like it was the sensible thing to do – to give up. This article addresses that exact question: When does it make sense to give up? Continue reading

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Big Feedback And Little Feedback

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When someone gets hammered with painful (big) feedback, it may become easier for them to implement positive change. Alternatively, when the feedback is not painful (little) then it can be harder to change. This article discusses the social dynamics that affect people who are suffering from laziness when a poverty-based crisis occurs. When there is a strong (perhaps pathological) enablement system, then there is little hope for change. When the enablement system is weaker or non-existent, then change becomes more possible. Three different scenarios are examined. Continue reading

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