[differential susceptibility hypothesis] on a genetic level, good or bad also depends on context
Recent discoveries in genetics are turning this bad gene vs. good gene model on its head and pointing toward what looks a lot more like the concept of intensifiers.
Psychologists call it the “differential susceptibility hypothesis.” The same genes that lead to bad stuff can actually lead to great stuff in a different situation. The same knife that can be used to viciously stab someone can also prepare food for your family. Whether the knife is good or bad depends on the context.
Humans operate on the Principle of Least Effort: given several paths, we will pick the easiest. This one single primarily principle of any human actions, animal, or even an intelligent machine, whether it is in verbal communication or in searching for something, is the expenditure of the least amount of effort to accomplish a task.
In an event such as the Soccer World Cup, the phenomenon of increased identification with the team and greater national pride has been referred to as the “feel-good effect at mega sports events“. Such events facilitate social connections and have an influence on our emotions: they are sources of joy and frustration, anger and pride, depression and enthusiasm; and ultimately affect what psychologist call the “subjective well-being” – which is, as a key concept in positive psychology, our own appreciation of one’s life in global terms.
Listen for the message in the following examples : “You learned so quickly! You’re so smart!” “Look at that drawing ...