Definition: Myopia Theory

Myopia Theory

Theorizes that when under influence of enough alcohol, the here and now is not only what matters most to you, but also influences what matters to you. That is, you don’t think much about the future and potential consequences, but that also in not thinking, you let your environment determine how you act and feel such that you experience very different things under the same influence if in a quiet bar by yourself versus a crowded and rowdy frat party.

 

More formally…

A cognitive-physiological theory on alcohol abuse in which many of alcohol’s social and stress-reducing effects, which may underlie its addictive capacity, are explained as a consequence of alcohol’s narrowing of perceptual and cognitive functioning.

 

The first explanation is a lot easier to understand, in my opinion. I got it from Malcolm Gladwell in this podcast episode below, talking with Oprah Winfrey.

 

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Definition: Self Determination Theory (SDT)

Self Determination Theory (SDT)

Self-determination theory (SDT) is a macro theory of human motivation and personality that concerns people’s inherent growth tendencies and innate psychological needs. It is concerned with the motivation behind choices people make without external influence and interference. Practically, it states that for life to be happy and meaningful, we all (universally) need a good extent of life situations where we feel we have competence, autonomy, and relatedness (ability to relate to others and they to you).

  • Wikipedia (first two points, last point in The Good Life Project podcast below)

 

“Nutrients” in the tweet should have been “nutriments”, which means something that nourishes (Merriam-Webster Dictionary), which is close enough to “nutrients” that the definition source lists nutrients as a pretty close synonym.

Definition: Truth Default Theory (TDT)

Truth Default Theory (TDT)

Truth Default Theory is a communication theory which predicts and explains the use of veracity and deception detection in humans. This theory gets its name from its central idea which is the truth-default state. This idea suggests that people presume others to be honest because they either don’t think of deception as a possibility during communicating or because there is insufficient evidence lending them unable to prove they are being deceived.

 

For MUCH more information, and some stunning examples, check out this podcast episode of Revisionist History, called the Queen of Cuba.