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Top Psychologists Analyze Themselves

Posted on Oct 5, 2009
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A woman, a suitcase, a door—discuss.

Psychologists are people too, and they’re prone to having quirks and neuroses despite their extensive training on the various facets of the human psyche. The British Psychological Society prodded 23 top psychologists to fess up to their own curiosities and inconsistencies on the organization’s blog. Analyze away.  —KA

The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest Blog via BoingBoing:

Stephen Kosslyn: Satiators and addicts

I’ve been told that there are two kinds of people in the world: Satiators and Addicts. Satiators get their fill of something, and that’s enough for the rest of their lives. For example, I’m that way about beaches: I grew up a 10-minute walk from the Pacific Ocean, and went to the beach practically every day during my adolescence. But enough was enough, and I now don’t care whether I ever see a beach again. In contrast, Addicts get hooked, and never get enough of something. I’ve obsessed about the same narrow research topic for over 35 years, and the end is not in sight. Why am I a Satiator in some cases, and an Addict in others?

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