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Quotes - September 2015

Alexei Muravsky

All persons are puzzles until at last we find in some word or act the key to the man, to the woman: straightaway all their past words and actions lie in light before us.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, via The Personality Puzzle 6th Edition

Rearden had never known what his brother was doing or wished to do. He had sent Philip through college, but Philip had not been able to decide on any specific ambition. There was something wrong, by Rearden’s standards, with a man who did not seek any gainful employment, but he would not impose his standards on Philip; he could afford to support his brother and never notice the expense. Let him take it easy, Rearden had thought for years, let him have a chance to choose a career without the strain of struggling for a livelihood.
— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

My brain? That’s my second favourite organ.
— Woody Allen, via Abnormal Psychology 9th Edition

Some biopsychosocial theorists favour a diathesis-stress explanation of how the various factors work together to cause abnormal functioning. According to this theory, people must first have a biological, psychological, or sociocultural predisposition to develop a disorder and must then be subjected to episodes of severe stress… Studies confirm that clinical problems often respond better to combined approaches that to any one therapy alone. For example, as you will see, drug therapy combined with cognitive therapy is sometimes the effective treatment for depression.
— Dr. Ronald J. Comer, Abnormal Psychology 9th Edition

Decades of good research has determined that the single greatest influence on college student decision making during the college years is the influence of other students.
— John N. Gardner, Students Helping Students: A Guide for Peer Educators on College Campuses 2nd Edition, Foreword

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
— Dr. William James, via Abnormal Psychology 9th Edition

When the ties linking members are strong, the group is more enduring and its influence on members is more extensive. But weak ties are also essential to the long-term functioning of groups. When information diffuses throughout a group, it flows first along the strong ties, but to permeate the entire group it must also be shared among members who are linked by weaker ties. Individuals who are on the job market, for example, often learn of new openings from acquaintances rather than close friends, because whatever their close friends know, they probably know as well. Weak ties, in contrast, allow the group members to gain access to information that is common knowledge outside of their tight-knit social circles. Sociologist Mark S. Granovetter (1973) called this tendency the “strength of weak ties.”
— Dr. Donelson R. Forsyth, Group Dynamics 6th Edition

I became insane, with long periods of horrible sanity.
— Edgar Allen Poe, via Abnormal Psychology 9th Edition

In life and in psychology, advantages and disadvantages have a way of being inseparable. Great strengths are usually great weaknesses, and surprisingly often the opposite is true as well… President Nixon’s devious nature allowed him to surprise the world with a breakthrough in relations with China, but also led to the Watergate scandal that drove him from office.
— Dr. David C. Funder, The Personality Puzzle 6th Edition

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.
— Sir Isaac Newton, via Abnormal Psychology 9th Edition

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