Posts Tagged: Culture

The real drivers of fundamentalist hate

Why do some Westerners attack Muslim minorities and asylum seekers and why do some Muslims support and engage in terror against the West? Some fascinating new research suggests that the reasons for such extreme behavior might be the same in both groups.[read more]

Being treated unfairly at work leads to illness

Staff who feel they are treated unfairly at work are at increased risk of being off sick more frequently and for longer, according to new research by a team from a number of universities in Europe and the US.

What the researchers say: Increasingly important contributing factors to mental and physical illness—and therefore sick leave—are found in the work environment.… [read more]

Depression, burnout and low quality of life.

Human stress is simply a result of our modern society forcing us to try and exceed our genetic design specs. We are simply not designed to live in a materialistic unequal society and work in the ways and for the long hours that we do.… [read more]

A bank’s success depends on its culture

An interesting article is in the latest Gallup Business Journal. We have said for some time that in our view that the success of a business will depend, largely, on the alignment of its culture. The CEO of one of the most successful of America’s banks certainly agrees.… [read more]

Where bullying is tolerated even the non-bullied think of quitting

In fact those not bullied are more likely to quit than the victims themselves. To a clinical psychologist such as myself, this latter finding is not really surprising since victims often come from homes where bullying by parents or siblings is prevalent and therefore ‘normal.’ As previous research has shown, ambient work conditions can have a powerful effect on staff turnover and thus an organization’s bottom line.… [read more]

Discrimination—cultural differences in responses to racial insults

In my experience many firms have a one-size-fits-all anti-discrimination policy. A lot of recent research shows that this might not be an appropriate response. People of different ethnic backgrounds exhibit different reactions to racist or ethnic slurs and these differences in behavior are often ignored and attention is only paid to those racist interactions which provoke the loudest or most strident responses.… [read more]

Beyond positive psychology

Researchers from the University of Tennessee and Florida State U have published a fascinating piece in the current American Scientist (link below is to the abstract). Their studies demonstrate that the traits lauded by the positive psychology movement—forgiveness, optimistic expectations, positive thoughts and kindness—may not always lead to good outcomes in troubled or stressful situations.… [read more]

How powerful people behave

An interesting study published today in Psychological Science shows that given positional power people do behave differently but not necessarily logically or consistently.

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Facial expressions mean the same thing to everyone? Not really

A study published today on the AAAS online newsletter Science Now says that the idea, which has been around since Darwin’s time, that facial expressions mean the same to all cultures and are therefore genetically-based, is false. In fact differing cultures see subtly different meanings in facial expressions with one exception—the smile, which universally means the same thing.… [read more]

Why do we exist?

Much recent research has shown that companies that have a clear sense of social purpose—a ‘why we exist’—are more productive and more profitable than those which have no clear social purpose. If your purpose is just to make profits, you won’t.… [read more]