Category: Health

Fitness Tracker

HPB Trackers: How to Nudge Healthy Lifestyles for the Long-term?

Money is a good nudge for behaviour. But is it a good nudge for longer-term lifestyles? Can HPB reward us differently for lasting change?

Cat on High Place

High Place Phenomenon: The Urge to Jump Is Not A Wish To Die

The breeze drew me to the windows, and seconds later, my mind threw me out of it. Or so I thought—I visualized the jump and subsequent plunge. My heart skipped a beat and my body recoiled immediately. Was I thinking of suicide? Not necessarily. Jennifer Hames and her colleagues (2012)...

Alain de Botton Quotes

7 Alain de Botton Empath Quotes on Fame

Who is Alain de Botton? A Swiss-born British writer with eclectic interests and remarkable eloquence. He surfaced in 1969 and published a bestseller novel in 1993. His first non-fiction book came in 1997, straddling genre boundaries and spanning topics from philosophy to architecture to work to travel. In 2008, he...

NUS SC2211 Medical Sociology - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Reading List: NUS SC2211 Medical Sociology

Ri An asked us to each name a medical condition observed in the film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. When it was my turn, I said “delusion”. Murmurs broke out in the class. Voices emerged and explained that delusion was not a medical condition, but a symptom. There was...

Everyday Life Sociology Quotes: "Like so many ideologies, nutritionism at bottom hinges on a form of dualism, so that at all times there must be an evil nutrient for adherents to excoriate and a savior nutrient for them to sanctify."

Quote: Michael Pollan on Nutritionism

Do you eat biotin, fiber, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, folate, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, K… or do you eat carrots?

Erving Goffman - The Moral Career of the Mental Patient

Erving Goffman: What Makes One A Mental Patient?

Psychological disorders, says the charitable. Craziness, says the uncharitable. An ‘alienative coalition’, says the sociologist Erving Goffman. Before you dismiss this as conspiracy talk, let’s look more closely at what he meant. ‘Coalition’ means an alliance of different parties, and ‘alienative’ refers to isolating someone. Goffman argues that a mental...