PSYCHOLOGY – SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY: “Eight Struggles of Being a Deep Thinker in the Modern World” / Learning Mind / Anna LeMind ☮

being-a-deep-thinkerBeing a deep thinker is a great gift as it allows you to delve into the very essence of things and be more conscious.

Still, in modern society with its materialistic consumer mentality, this constant inquiry and profound awareness that accompany being a deep thinker can be quite challenging.

Here are some struggles that only deep thinkers can relate to:

1. Feeling of detachment
2. You have no interest in mainstream culture and popular activities
3. You have a profound frustration with modern society
4. Others confuse you for being arrogant/weird/absentminded
5. The necessity to solve everyday problems can be a real challenge
6. Periods of introspection and causeless sadness
7. Lack of understanding
8. It can be difficult to get out of your head and return to reality

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COGNITIVE SCIENCE: “How Beliefs Resist Change – Christianity and Cognitive Science” / TrustingDoubt / Valerie Tarico


Each religion has what can be called an immune system, a set of teachings and practices that guard against other beliefs or loss of belief. Cognitive dissonance theory and confirmation bias help us to understand how beliefs can remain unchanged in the face of devastating failures of prophecy or moral failings of leaders.

ACADEMIC STUDY: Susie Madrak / “Conservatism Is Lack of Complexity In Political Brain”


Liberal definitionInteresting studies. Whenever I argue with a conservative, I always end up saying in frustration, “But it’s not that simple!” It appears that for some people, their inability to reason out complex ideas is what makes them conservatives, and not their hatred of the human race (although there may be some overlap there)!

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In the four studies conducted by Scott Eidelman, Christian S. Crandall, Jeffrey A. Goodman, and John C. Blanchar published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc, they concluded, “(P)olitical conservatism is promoted when people rely on low-effort thinking.

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We think that compassion and empathy are a fundamental part of liberal values, and we note at times that it takes being in that specific situation for conservatives to grasp why, for example, liberals support universal healthcare for all. There are many studies that address that take on things, but this study is specifically addressing whether or not having low-effort thinking will produce conservative thinking initially, and they showed that it does.

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