I know you are curious about it. You might even be addicted to Angry Birds. You’re reading this because you really want to know what the Psychology of Angry Birds is. Well, here it is. Psychology n., pl., -gies. The … Continue reading
I didn’t realize how much I write about Starbucks until I did a search for Starbucks posts on my blog. As much as I rip on Starbucks for continually serving Pike, I do spend alot of time there – and … Continue reading
Do you know what that means? If you’re Hawaiian, doesn’t it mean flower? That’s not the PUA though that I’m talking about it. I always keep my eye out for identities that fascinate me. But do a Google Search for … Continue reading
Just because you are no longer a teenager, it doesn’t mean that you can’t act like one. No matter what developmental psychologist, most of them allow for you to revert to a previous stage of development. So when you see … Continue reading
I Googled a definition of Educational Psychology. The first hit defined it as: Educational psychology is the study of how humans learn in educational settings, the effectiveness of educational interventions, the psychology of teaching, and the social psychology of schools … Continue reading
I have written about the Psychology of Cute and the Psychology of Cool. I figured I’d also write about the Psychology of Ugly. Psychology n., pl., -gies. The science that deals with mental processes and behavior. The emotional and behavioral … Continue reading
Once again, I’m not a psychologist. I can’t even imagine what the effects of Google Instant will be on us. Just like Nick Carr says – Google is going to make us stupid (here‘s the article). If Google will make … Continue reading
Psychology n., pl., -gies. The science that deals with mental processes and behavior. The emotional and behavioral characteristics of an individual, group, or activity: the psychology of war. Subtle tactical action or argument used to manipulate or influence another: He … Continue reading
So I was looking at a website – and the website wanted to tell me it’s “best kept secrets.”
The thing is – once you share a secret, it no longer is a secret. Call it marketing. Call it branding. Call it – that just doesn’t make sense. But the better question is, why do we buy it? Why do they market it? Because it appeals to a foundation need that we have – to know something that someone else might not know – even if it is on a website for everyone to see.
Sharing secrets work because we want to know them.
You got any secrets to share with me?
n., pl., -gies.
- The science that deals with mental processes and behavior.
- The emotional and behavioral characteristics of an individual, group, or activity: the psychology of war.
- Subtle tactical action or argument used to manipulate or influence another: He used poor psychology on his employer when trying to make the point.
- Philosophy. The branch of metaphysics that studies the soul, the mind, and the relationship of life and mind to the functions of the body.
- Excellent; first-rate: has a cool sports car; had a cool time at the party.
- Acceptable; satisfactory: It’s cool if you don’t want to talk about it.
I can’t tell you what ‘cool’ is. Cool is going to be different for each group and subculture. What makes something cool though is that it’s something that the “mainstream” is doing yet.
Did you know that there are coolhunters? They take what’s cool and exploit it so that corporate America can make money off of it.
The Early Adopters though are those that are cool. They get the gadget before everyone. They are a part of the latest social network. They are cool – then when you can buy it at the Gap – it’s no longer cool. The psychology of cool is that no one can tell you what is, but it can be exploited.
1 : the science of mind and behavior
2 a : the mental or behavioral characteristics of an individual or group b : the study of mind and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity
3 : a theory or system of psychology <Freudian psychology> <the psychology of Jung>
Geek Pronunciation: \ˈgēk\; Noun
3 : an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity <computer geek>
Just a few thoughts:
Geeks are all about actionable steps. They don’t follow the rules. They are natural innovators. Whatever you think you can do to secure something, they can figure a way around it. Then they tell all of their friends.
What else would you add to the Psychology of a Geek? Are you a geek? I’m a nerd myself. I’ll write about that later.
Have you seen it in the news? In Korea, there is a government sanctioned gaming curfew. Gaming is a serious problem there. Minors will not be able to game after midnight. If you want to read about it – google it in the news.
What I want to talk about is why these kids need to spend so much time online. What is going on psychologically with a kid that spends hours upon hours gaming? Teenagers are exploring these characters and their identity through this exploration. Some might say that it’s an escape, but they are interacting with very real people from all over the world. The impact that these games are having are tremendous – it’ll be different for each teen, but all this gaming is having an impact on them – socially, relationally, psychologically, developmentally, and so many other “ally” conditions.