Showing posts with label Psychology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Psychology. Show all posts

Saturday, January 6, 2018

HBS Working Knowledge Comments of the Year

Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge produced a list of their favorite comments from 2017. This one made me laugh:

People Have an Irrational Need to Complete Sets of Things
Joel comments: I like this for two reasons:
1) You can build dramatic tension by starting a list.

It reminds me of that joke about the 10 types of people in the world - those who understand binary and those who don't.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Paying for Apps

This article/cartoon pokes fun at our reluctance to pay a dollar for an app when we routinely buy $5 coffees, $200 phones, etc. It struck a cord with me as I buy very few apps - most apps that we have bought have been for our three year old. I think the reason I avoid buying apps is that I don't think I will use them over the long haul. Of course, I drink my Starbucks all in one sitting, too.


Sunday, November 13, 2011


I like to think I am pretty smart when it comes to spending my money. I like to think that, but it probably isn't true. I'm influenced in more ways than I will ever realize.

Heck, the Harbor Freight ad in the Sunday paper always makes me "want" stuff - an $8 mover's dolly, a $3 digital multi-meter, a $2 tarp, a $260 surveillance system with four camera, etc. I didn't see it this time, but there are usually some solar panels I must have for a project.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Because that's the way it has always been?

Doc__Ad @Pogue why aren't elevators designed such that if you hit the wrong floor you can re-press the button and cancel your error?Thu, Sep 22 08:57:25 from Echofon
retweeted by Pogue

Or because the people that compulsively press an already lit button would cause you to miss your floor.