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Did Leona Helmsley Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder? I have no idea. There can be little doubt that she displayed some traits that were narcissistic.

A Study In Paradox: Leona Helmsley Illustrates That Destructive Traits Such as Narcissism Can Sometimes Lead to Fantastic Life Results

This is the second in a three-part post on narcissism; the topic du jour for our mental model study. We’ve been talking about narcissism for the past few days and one interesting thread that comes up throughout history is that narcissism, despite being horribly destructive and disruptive, can work, in rare situations, in the favor…

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Some Truths Are Counterintuitive – What We Can Learn from the Mpemba Effect

For water to freeze, it must reach 32 degrees Fahrenheit.  For water to boil, it must reach 212 degrees Fahrenheit.  The question: Which freezes faster: Room temperature water (say, 75 degrees Fahrenheit) or boiling water (212 degrees Fahrenheit)? The common sense answer would be room temperature water would freeze faster because it is only 43…

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Warren Farrell University of Toronto Protest

The Warren Farrell Protest at the University of Toronto: An Example of How Not to Behave If You Want To Be Successful In Life

On this site, we strive to practice the philosophy of John Stuart Mill, who would eagerly read every side of an argument because he wanted to se that “no scattered particles of important truth are buried and lost in the ruins of exploded error”.  That means we each have a fundamental, moral duty to openly…

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Mental Model by Joshua Kennon

Mental Model: Mere Exposure Effect or the Familiarity Principle

Mental Model: Mere Exposure Effect or the Familiarity Principle The mere exposure effect, also known as the familiarity principle, describes a phenomenon that causes humans to rate or feel positively about things to which they are frequently and consistently exposed, including other people.  All else equal, you will buy products, invest in stocks, frequent establishments,…

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