The Essentialist Pleasure Of Safety

For some reason, every time we publish an article with the word “pleasure” in the title it gets many more hits than articles with “safety” in the title, so I wonder what happens when I use both words together?  You might enjoy these ones from a while back:

It’s a Fine Line Beyond Pleasure and Pain


It’s a Fine Line Beyond Pleasure and Pain Safety could be the profession of the open Socratic question, yet again we don’t find much about this in safety texts or training programs. The ‘dumbing down’ of workplaces by the ‘tell, police, punish’ formula has now lead to workplace cultures and organisations that can’t think. It is …… Read the rest of the article

Our Obsession with Forbidden Pleasures–Applying it to Safety


Our Obsession with Forbidden Pleasures–Applying it to Safety Just thinking aloud here and would really like some input from others to develop this idea a little more and I would love to here from Dr Rob on the psychology of this and how to practically apply it at work. UPDATE: see Dr Robs Response HERE How many …… Read the rest of the article

Max Geyer just shared a great TED talk and article he has found on the subject of pleasure. Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists — that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is.

Max says: Here is some interesting stuff about how we like some things and not others.  How our knowledge of something, our feelings about its history, can influence how we feel about it.  For example, how our knowledge of the price of a bottle of wine influences our appreciation of it.  How a contrary explanation of something influences the pleasure we get from it.  It all goes to pleasure and to an extent motivation or at least can help us deal with and think better about how people may feel motivated.

I haven’t mentioned anything about safety so would be interested in your thoughts about how all this relates to that.

An interview about a TED talk by Paul Bloom, the talk runs for about 16 minutes.  Or watch the video below:

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