[Updated January 2017] During a life coaching session with a client the other day, I got to thinking about power use between people and its effects. One model that I am aware of was developed by French and Raven, two social psychologists, who proposed that there were bases of power. In 1965, Raven updated the model to include a sixth factor.
The other day I saw an internet photo of an overweight (and clearly overfed) dog, with the caption “Too Much Want”.
It got me to thinking about human behaviour and how we react similarly. Barring any immediate and significant negative consequences, if something we desire is put in front of us, we’ll probably take it. Short term gain appeals more than long term planning, whether it be in regards to food, money, health or other things.
Earlier this year I started collecting frequent flyer points. By collecting points for money spent that I would normally spend, I could get a free flight every now and then.
Something for free, right?
Well it started out that way at first.
This weekend I’ll be attending John Curtin Weekend for the tenth year in a row. While volunteering is something that looks good on a resume or enables you to go places cheaply, these aren’t the reasons as to why I do it.