On Politics and Power

"Whether you use bullets or ballots, you've got to aim well; don't strike at the puppet, strike the puppeteer.”

Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Without people, there is no power. This collection is about those people, the puppeteers, and the power that flows between.

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The three reasons why everyone is so 'cliquey'

November 5, 2018 by Dorian Minors

The psychology of cliques has a pretty stereotypical pattern. It's been well-described since the 80's. There are three phases, and often they end in collapse.

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How conversation sparks intimacy

August 5, 2015 by Dorian Minors

Conversation is obviously a source of intimacy. But you mightn't expect it to be one of the predominant sources. Often we consider intimacy as a function of physical closeness. But intimicy is about relational closeness in any form. And conversation is an extremely powerful way to generate it.

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Why do we speak in tongues

February 20, 2015 by Dorian Minors

Why do we speak in tongues? What drives people to speak what seems to be a different language, God or something else? Here we engage with the most convincing psychology behind the phenomenon.

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The Difference Between Anger, Hurt and Hate—it's about power

February 3, 2015 by Dorian Minors

Emotions motivate us to act. They perform a regulatory function, in guiding us how to respond to something. In this article, we talk about three key negative emotions, why they are so different and just what they're motivating us to do.

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Three hidden needs that control our relationships

July 29, 2014 by Dorian Minors

From our friends to our lovers, there are always imbalances in a relationship. William Schutz has a theory about why. He breaks it down into three things that determine how you pick your social networks, how well you click with people and whether or not things fall apart.

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