People are Inherently Lazy: Or, Why We Over-Rank Ourselves

In this post on his blog, Evan Marc Katz asked his readers to rank themselves in four categories: Looks, Personality, Intelligence, and Career.  Both Lance and I couldn’t resist commenting, and Lance also blogged an excellent reaction here.  It is pretty evident from the comments to his blog as well as the original article on the Freakonomics bulletin here that most people have a tendency to seriously overestimate themselves.  EMK hypothesizes,

The good news is that having a combination of self-esteem and self-delusion seems to be exactly what allows us to function. How would we feel if we didn’t believe we’re above average in every single way?

Although that is insightful and seems at least partially true, I also can’t help but feel that there must be a little more to it.  In a comment on Lance’s blog about whether you can teach an old dog new tricks, I mention something that I always told my students:

People are inherently lazy. Therefore, to convince them to take action, you must convince them not that your position is morally superior, but that they have more to lose by doing nothing than they do by taking action.

The fabulous cheekie suggested that I write a post where I expand on that idea, so here we go.  Read the full article

The Weekly: Penelope Trunk Hates Us Edition

Again a bit late with the Weekly but it’s all good my peeps. I was sucking down tequila shots on Friday night and that basically shot me for the rest of the weekend. What else? I’ve been talking online with a nice MILF who is a video game geek, my LDFB is coming down to visit in August, and generally I’ve been enjoying my summer. What, you expected me to invent cold fusion over here?

Brazen Careerist - A Career Center for Generation Y

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I’m a 10 in Looks, Smarts, Personality, and Career

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(Watch the video above then read me)

My homeboy Evan Marc Katz wrote an interesting post where he ranks himself in the following categories: Looks, Intelligence, Personality, Career.

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Out Of Your League Girl: Not that hot

Watch this immediately. Then watch the other videos.

Converse has a viral marketing campaign going on featuring a hot chick, and I kinda think it’s hilarious. Notice the excellent satire on the looks vs. social value thing. If you can wade through the BS, Jennifer actually gives some good advice.

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Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

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I really dug Honey’s post, When is Enough, Enough, because she touched on a number of points that are relevant to my life. Really, they’re relevant to all daters and LTR folks out there. Here are three points:

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When is Enough, Enough?

I recently received an e-mail from a fellow who saw my post on The Seduction Bible.  He wanted some advice regarding his ex-girlfriend, who he’d been seeing for almost a year.  Out of respect for his privacy I won’t reveal the details, but the relationship seemed pretty full of drama and, although they’re broken up now, they are still blurring that line between friends, friends-with-benefits, and romantic partners. The thing that struck me about his e-mail was that he said several times that he’s always “in it till the end,” and that if he feels there is even the smallest chance of saving a relationship then he will keep trying.

This, of course, raises the question: when is enough, enough?  How do you know when it’s “the end”?  How do you know when “the smallest chance” for saving a relationship has passed?  Read the full article

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