Posts tagged ‘psychology’

The motivation for sex

August 1st, 2007

EN: What is our motivation to have sex? This study (full pdf) [1] by Cindy Meston und David Buss gives 237 answers to that question and groups them into four categories. Great fun to read! [1] Why humans have sex. Meston CM, Buss DM Arch Sex Behav. 2007 Aug ; 36(4): 477-507 [Via Spiegel online]

R.i.P Paul Watzlawick

April 3rd, 2007

EN: Paul Watzlawick, mostly famous for his communication theories (e.g. one cannot not communicate), died at the 31st of March, 2007. I enjoyed reading some of his books (The Pursuit of Unhappiness is highly recommended) as he had a wonderful, humorous way of communicating his thoughts.

EN: The Lancet was not afraid to ask and made a series about sexual and reproductive health public. Unfortunately the articles are only available with a subscription but the free podcast gives already a good impression about the series. Many topics are covered including sexual transmitted diseases, contraception, abortion and general sexual behaviour. Some surprising […]

Sehr heilsam: Menschen sein

August 5th, 2006

DE: Wunderbar in Text gegossen: Zwei Zeit-Artikel [1, 2] setzen sich mit den psychosozialen und psychosomatischen Aspekten in der medizinischen Behandlung auseinander. An sich ist die Beziehungsmedizin nichts neues und dennoch scheint ein Großteil der Ärzte sich nicht im Klaren zu sein, was fÌr eine bedeutende Rolle die zwischenmenschlichen Faktoren fÌr die Genesung spielen. Quellen:[1] […]

Trust your gut feeling

February 17th, 2006

EN: For decision-making in complex situtations it’s better to rely on your gut feeling instead on conscious focusing on the probleme. This “deliberation-without-attention”-effect was described and proven in a recent study by Ap Dijksterhuis et al. [1]. The same issue contains a short summary [2] of this report. Practical IKEA decision studies are included! [1] […]

EN: A. Terracciano et al. published today in Science the article “National Character Does Not Reflect Mean Personality Trait Levels in 49 Cultures” (Science, Vol 310, Issue 5745, 96-100 , 7 October 2005). It is also a good example for selective perception.Here’s the abstract: Most people hold beliefs about personality characteristics typical of members of […]