Offended

 

I was sceptical about a social experiment a friend of mine had told me about. So, I decided to try it myself.

The experiment consists in treating people exactly the same way they treat you, for example:

When someone asks you a question, you answer using exactly the same attitude, tone of voice, volume level and body language.

Despite the fact I was very sceptical at the beginning, after a few tries the results baffled me.

I didn’t have to gather a big sample to learn a very interesting fact of human nature. Continue reading

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Reappearance

I was so happy and surprised to see him. He had changed so much after all these years. He looks now in a better shape, healthier and much happier.

The truth is that I couldn’t have recognised him, but he recognised me and I was so happy that he did.

Few years ago, in that street, I used to see a homeless man who asked me for some coins “to have breakfast”. He said his name was Johnny and usually I gave him some change I had left, other times I shared some of the food I had with me. Continue reading

Who is changing you?

Maybe your parents were worried to know who your friends were all the time. They asked you to invite them to have supper or lunch at your home so they could get to know them a little better, or perhaps your community was so small that all families knew each other and everybody was friends with everybody.

In any case, the people you spent more time with, defined a lot of your actual personality. Believe it or not many of your habits, behaviour, speaking vices and gestures are not your own creation. They have been acquired. Continue reading

Feeling for healing

In the old times expressing your emotions was some kind of taboo in most occidental societies. Especially for men, to show what your heart felt was considered as a lack of self-control and a sign of weakness.

“Men don’t cry” dictates the old saying and that brought actually more harm than benefits to the health of many men throughout history.

There are some cultures, even now, where having a cold and serious attitude is considered as good manners. Continue reading

Bad language = bad energy

Lately I have seen in increment in the use of bad words on the media. When I was a child, bad words were something only ignorant low class people used or, at least, that’s what I was told.

Respect for the audience in the media, especially on radio was strictly observed and saying a vulgar word was punished with very high fines and in some cases even suspension of the program.

Ladies would never dare to say a rude word and they always kept learning more vocabulary and reading books to enhance their culture and image. Continue reading