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  • Displacement & Externalization: psychology, economics, and social science

    A twitter contact tells me about the disappointment in Ireland, when candidates canvassing for Fine Fail push election materials under the door and then, disappear. The disappointment is in not being able to “give them a piece of my mind” she says. Fine Fail’s long-tenured government guaranteed the debt of dodgy banks as a sovereign [...]

  • The Dynamics of Public Blame: BP (and Groupon)

    I’ll be discussing the dynamics of blame and BP at the weekly case conference of the William Alanson White Institute, NYC; on February 22 at 10 AM. Here’s the announcement: February 22, 2011 – Blaming BP: Examining the Psychodynamics of Blame Ian Miller, Ph.D., NYU Postdoc & WAWI Org. Prog. The psychodynamics of blame will [...]

  • The Psychology of Investment “Value”

    Warren Buffett has famously said about equities that “price is what you pay, value is what you get”. Hearing this, the investor nods: yes, it sounds correct— buy cheap, sell dear. But buy cheap, sell dear isn’t so easy. Something must transpire in order for this to happen. That something is the market’s attention and [...]

  • The Essential Psychology Within Financial Investment

    We know corporations are legally bound to maximize self-interest. What about investors? The act of investment is in “laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit” ( wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn). Investment in financial markets occurs through the purchase of financial instruments. Profit is expected is through some combination of interest, income, and [...]

  • Emotional Asset Diversification

    While we talk these days about Emotional Intelligence, there is not much discussion about Emotional Asset Diversification. Thinking about the more resilient clients I know, the quality that emerges consistently has to do with the range of activities or projects in which they engage. These are not only the simple work/play dichotomies, of what puts [...]

  • To Blog Or Not To Be: That Is The Question

    OK: so its been a couple of days and no comments. I look at the short essay, survey it, sniff the air and wait. The immediate association was to a lemonade stand by the side of an untraveled road many many summers in the past. Now, my blogging chums have given me tips on traffic, [...]

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