As a change agent, I’m intensely interested in the neuro-mechanical mechanisms of learning, particularly as it relates to getting people to change their behaviors and practices. As such, one of the things I read is a blog called BPS Research Digest. They post synopsis of various cognitive research twice monthly. Today’s issue has an article entitled How lies breed lies. Somehow, I couldn’t help but compare the analogies to those that can be typical between clients and consultants. This is why I tell you that you have to be honest when describing your situation to suppliers and service suppliers (de facto consultants). Still, there’s two options here. One, the supplier or service provider may be less than ethical and feed you what you want to hear -to their financial advantage- feeding you reciprocal b.s. I see that all the time. However, it’s more likely an ethical provider will just drop you. The truth gets out eventually and you need all the friends you can get.
Another of my interests is body sizing in all forms (social, political, technical, psychological, industrial). In that vein, BPS published Body image -it’s ‘healthy’ people who are deluded. Apparently, people who are eating-disordered have a more realistic view regarding the attractiveness of their bodies as compared to “healthy” people. Unfortunately, “healthy” wasn’t defined in terms of BMI. I also found it to be true (anecdotal of course) that people who aren’t eating disordered to be less than accurate in the estimation of their own attractiveness as related to body weight. Everybody likes to point the finger and say that it’s women who overestimate their attractiveness related to body size but I’ve found men are just as likely to describe themselves as “athletic” when they’re carting around an extra 30 to 50 lbs.
If you’re interested in cognitive science, you’ll find lots of interesting research and off-site links at BPS Research Digest.