The Human Behavior – Excerpt from “We Are Completely Beside Ourselves”

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“Current psychological research suggests that character plays a surprisingly small role in human behavior. Instead we are highly responsive to trivial changes in circumstance. We’re like horses in that, only less gifted.

I myself am not convinced. Over the years I’ve come to feel that the way people respond to us has less to do with what we’ve done and more to do with who they are. Of course, it suits me to think that. All those people in junior high who were so mean to me?

What unhappy people they must have been! So the studies don’t back me up. There’ll always be more studies. We’ll change our minds and I’ll have been right all along until we change our minds again, send me back to being wrong.”

From “We Are Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler

What an interesting perspectives! To which perspective do you lean?

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