Sociology and Psychology fragments

Excitation transfer theory (or “misattribution”) is the idea that lingering excitement from one situation intensifies a subsequent emotional state. The unpredictability that comes with new situations spikes the brains natural amphetamines, dopamine and norepinephrine, which play a large part in bonding and sexual arousal. —Here

Rebellion is an adaptive response to a gap between socially approved goals and available means of achieving those goals. –Unknown

The world we carry in our heads is a vast elaborated metaphor. –D. Bolinger, 1979

The Psychological Narrativity Thesis is the idea that it is unavoidable human nature for humans to experience their lives as a story. The Ethical Narrativity Thesis is the idea that conceiving of one’s life as narrative is a good thing, essential to a moral life and true personhood. —Here and here

Harold: You sure have a way with people. Maude: Well, they’re my species! –Harold and Maude, 1971, directed by Hal Ashby


2 thoughts on “Sociology and Psychology fragments

  1. UM March 10, 2011 / 2:39 pm

    I agree with the thoughts and philosophy. I am also in awe of Maude’s close bonds with her ever so populous species. I have also found that the psychological stimulation can be very real and can also be learned and be part of you. In other words you do not have to be lieing on the train tracks to make the kiss exciting. You can get all that excitement or something even better just standing in your kitchen kissing the one you love and desire. I think of Khalil Gibrain’s numerous warnings against letting comfort master our minds and lives.
    And I notice that spell check is not an option on this posting. should there be hyphens in ever-so-populous?


    • C. Puls March 20, 2011 / 12:16 am

      I love your point about making excitement a part of you, not letting comfort master our minds and lives. I also try not to let spell checks master my mind and life.


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