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Quotes - October 2015

Alexei Muravsky

Thought – he told himself quietly – is a weapon one uses in order to act. No action was possible. Thought is the tool by which one makes a choice. No choice was left to him. Thought sets one’s purpose and the way to reach it. In the matter of his life being torn piece by piece out of him, he was to have no voice, no purpose, no way, no defence. He thought of this in astonishment. He saw for the first time that he had never known fear because, against any disaster, he had held the omnipotent cure of being able to act. No, he thought, not an assurance of victory – who can ever have that? – only the chance to act, which is all one needs. Now he was contemplating, impersonally and for the first time, the real heart of terror: being delivered to destruction with one’s hands tied behind one’s back.
— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Because an expectancy is a belief, it can be right or wrong. Rotter’s theory states that it does not matter whether a behaviour is actually likely to bring success or not; if you think it will, you will try. The same goes for behaviour that actually would bring success, if you were to make the effort; if you think it won’t work, you won’t even try… Notice that, at this point in Rotter’s social learning theory, a little wisp of phenomenology – that a person’s impressions of reality are more important than reality itself – has drifted in.
— David C. Funder, The Personality Puzzle 6th Edition

Start every day off with a smile; get it over with.
— W. C. Fields, via Abnormal Psychology 9th Edition

We are defined by our relationship to other people. As children we develop an identity by differentiating ourselves from others, even to the point of pushing them away, rejecting them, rebelling. The more clearly you recognize who you do not want to be, then, the clearer your sense of identity and purpose will be.
— Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War

Messages are carried from the “sending” neuron across the synaptic space to a receiving neuron by a neurotransmitter, a chemical released from the axon ending of the sending neuron. However, there is a complication in this process. While the sending neuron relapses the neurotransmitter, a pumplike mechanism in the neuron’s ending immediately starts to reabsorb it in a process called reuptake. The purpose of this reuptake process is to control how long the neurotransmitter in the synaptic space and to prevent it from overstimulating the receiving neuron. Unfortunately, reuptake does not always progress properly. The reuptake mechanism may be too efficient in some people – cutting off norepinephrine or serotonin activity too soon, preventing messages from reaching the receiving neurons, and producing clinical depression.
— Dr. Ronald J. Comer, Abnormal Psychology 9th Edition

The goal of a good role model is to emulate the qualities of self-awareness, personal growth, and the ability to self-manage behaviour. It should be noted, however, that being a role model does not require perfection but an openness to being genuinely human and, while making errors, a willingness to understanding and developing yourself.
— Fred B. Newton & Steven C. Ender, Students Helping Students: A Guide for Peer Educators on College Campuses

Eastern cultures, by tradition, believe enlightenment requires solitude rather than socializing. And some Westerners, agree. Steve Wosniak, the cofounder of Apple Computing, wrote in his memoirs that one must be wary of spending too much time with other people: “I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone” (Wosniak & Smith, 2006, p. 291).
— Dr. Donelson R. Forsyth, Group Dynamics 6th Edition

Manny: I say be happy with what you got.
Tony: You be happy… me, I want what’s coming to me.
Manny: What’s coming to you man?
Tony: The world, chico, and everything in it.
— Scarface (1983)

Psychology is a funny kind of science, because the object of its scrutiny is also the one doing the scrutinizing.
— Dr. David C. Funder, The Personality Puzzle 6th Edition

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.
— William Faulkner, via Abnormal Psychology 9th Edition

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