Summaries – themildewmuncher7

1. Counterintuitive Psychology Studies

It seems counterintuitive that the study of psychology is based on abstract concepts and theories when the general public believes that the science is common sense. The field of psychology itself is full of counterintuitive ideas, and many people are unaware of the actual science or tests conducted behind them. In fact, many things backed by studies work against what is commonly believed.

Concepts such as cognitive dissonance work counterintuitively by proving true exactly the opposite of what one would think is true. Humans are rationalizing creatures, not rational ones, so we try everything to see right in things we do. While these things may not actually be true, our brains make them true to ourselves through cognitive dissonance.

The brain is an extremely powerful organ, as it operates in ways that not even the individual on which it is operating upon can understand. Effects like the placebo effect may not make sense, because how could taking an aspirin pill relieve a headache in seconds when in reality it takes about fifteen minutes to take chemical effect?

2. Japan’s New Economic Plan

It seems counterintuitive that Japan is unveiling a stimulus package and spending a large deal of money in an attempt to get out of a massive debt slide. It seems to be working against common sense that they are putting themselves further in debt while trying to get out of debt.

The country’s government recently approved the decision to implement this stimulus package in order to keep old companies alive, dubbed “zombie” companies. They are on the brink of bankruptcy yet the government seeks to bail them out as they see them as their only economic outlet.

Are there any other solutions to this crisis? Many other countries are in the same predicament and are taking a similar approach.

3. End of Life Care

It seems counterintuitive that so much money is required to keep somebody alive who is inevitably going to die soon. When death is imminent, many people would opt just to be let go and not suffer even if it means staying alive.

Why is it that people cannot resist paying to keep someone alive when they know they are going to eventually die? Is it fear that keeps them paying? They have no logical reason to keep the money flowing.

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2 Responses to Summaries – themildewmuncher7

  1. themildewmuncher7 says:

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  2. davidbdale says:

    1. Your second description of the counterintuitivity is better than your first, mildewmuncher. When you say, “many things backed by studies work against what is commonly believed,” you’re identifying a much more vivid example of the unexpected than when you say, “It seems counterintuitive that the study of psychology is based on abstract concepts and theories when the general public believes that the science is common sense.” When you flip them, if you do, be much more specific in your claim than “many things” and “what is commonly believed.”

    The same advice goes for your second paragraph too. Find specific replacements for vague language like, “”what one would think is true,” and “things we do,” and “these things.”

    In the third paragraph, answer the question instead of asking it. If the original article provides enough information for a theory, you shouldn’t have to ask.

    2. You don’t appear to be advocating a particular premise here, mildew. The purpose of your purposeful summary should be clear. Prove something.

    3. I sense a pattern, mildew. You want to pose questions instead of making claims of your own. This will not fly. Use your summary of the original article to advance an argument of your own. I hereby revoke your Rhetorical Question license until you prove you won’t use it to shoot yourself in the foot. 🙂 Make claims. Support them with evidence from the original.


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