Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I love psychology...

It just fascinates me. Three times I considered changing careers for something in that field. Three times I decided not to, each time based on good information from professionals in the field. I am very happy with it as a hobby.

So I was looking for some info the other day when I was going to comment on Schwartzy's blog and I came across this article:Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature. An interesting read.

A personal favorite is number 10 when they discuss the "hostile environment" claim for sexual harassment (which is distinctly different from sexual harassment for sex which is terribly inappropriate behavior). It reads...
Sexual harassment cases of the hostile-environment variety result from sex differences in what men and women perceive as "overly sexual" or "hostile" behavior. Many women legitimately complain that they have been subjected to abusive, intimidating, and degrading treatment by their male coworkers. Browne points out that long before women entered the labor force, men subjected each other to such abusive, intimidating, and degrading treatment.

Abuse, intimidation, and degradation are all part of men's repertoire of tactics employed in competitive situations. In other words, men are not treating women differently from men—the definition of discrimination, under which sexual harassment legally falls—but the opposite: Men harass women precisely because they are not discriminating between men and women.

Women who create a hostile environment use abuse, intimidation, and degradation, but are typically labeled a bitch by those enduring the poor treatment. It is just a part of competition.

It is like any political campaign. I laugh when the candidates pledge to no mud-slinging like in the good old days. Mud-slinging has always been a part of the competition.


jin said...

I didn't know you are so into psychology!


Were you using it on me?

*double gasp*

Was I easy prey or was I a hard nut to crack?

*triple gasp*

Did I actually meet the real eebie?

OMG! What are you thinking about my comment? Did I word it correctly? Are there underlying implications? Can you tell I'm really only thinking about forearms as I'm typing this drivel?

This is too much! Tooo much pressure!

*jin covers her ears and starts to chant*

Laaalalalala.... you can't hear my thoughts! Laaaalalalalaa!

jin said...

Hey sweetie!
Per chance you need blog fodder or are bored (I know, not likely!)
I tagged you!

Eebie said...

Never to worry sweetie, it is more pop psychology that I like, not clinical psych. To keep myself in check I call it Snap-Crackle-&-Pop psychology.

Beth said...

Cool post. You are one interesting man, Eebs.