P Plates, Stereotypes and ‘Plater Haters’

P Plates, Stereotypes and ‘Plater Haters’

Can symbols such as the P plate become stereotypes that influence behaviour? Research shows that stereotypes can prime behaviour, causing people who are not members of the stereotype group to to act in the same way they believe the stereotype behaves (1). What that means is that we can behave just as we believe the

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What if you could follow your dreams?

What if you could follow your dreams?

What would it take to follow your dreams? To soar in the wind, free-flowing and playfully determined? Imagine and dare. When the day reaches its end, let it be said you gave it your best shot. You dreamt and you played. You resisted the wind and its force did not defeat you, but made you

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Trust is a gift, we are not entitled to it.

Trust is a gift, we are not entitled to it.

We are not entitled to other people’s trust. Instead, everyone is entitled to ‘the benefit of the doubt’ (it is a basic dignity principle); but we must not take it for granted or abuse it. When people give us the benefit of the doubt, we are the only ones responsible for the way in which

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What do you see?

What do you see?

Look closely at this black shape. Had you ever seen anything like it before? Now see if you can spot the black shape among these other shapes. It is amazing how our brains ‘make sense’ of what we see using what we already know. You probably had no trouble spotting the black shape among the

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How much reality do images reflect?

How much reality do images reflect?

I’m sure it is not the first time you have heard about photoshopped images in magazines and billboards. Quite frankly, you’ve probably had enough of the conversation and, since you can’t change what the media do, you see no point in us dwelling on it. I get it, there is very little we can do

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Digital Identities and App-earences

Digital Identities and App-earences

Noticed how we can’t seem to touch our phones without automatically unlocking it and checking?  Social media promises to create more connections, yet I think It’s my phone I’ve become attached to.  It’s like our phones have become an extension of our own bodies, influencing how we see the world, ourselves and others. Are we

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