Social psychology and watches – Pt 2

In the last post I mentioned “self” and touched on psychological phenomena related to the self such as: everybody notices us, we are above average, and what we do make perfect sense.

Next we move on to attribution theory, which is a theory that explores how we make sense of ourselves and others, and then onto understanding how we think about other people, and what we actually like about other people.

Kindness, evolution and paying it forward

A number of different random events led me to write this post. First, I saw a post on Instagram where someone was offering to introduce other watch collectors to their authorised dealer to help them land some ‘hard to get’ pieces; second, I posted a story about my friend who has been kidnapped in South Africa and received a lot of support and possible avenues to assist; finally, I am doing a course on Psychology (for fun) and this topic of kindness came up again – A few thoughts came to mind which I thought I would like to note down, since I find it fascinating why we might be inclined to be kind to one another (or not).

Nudge – Improving decisions

I was reading this book by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein entitled “Nudge” – in the book they evaluate choices, biases and the limits of human reasoning from several perspectives. They tell stories about how they trick themselves to becoming victims of the very limitations of thought that they are describing. This is telling, because the very fact that these educated, articulate professionals can trick themselves (even though they know what is happening) demonstrates how tough it is to think clearly. We fall prey to systematic errors of judgment all the time – however, one of the ways of harnessing this issue is to help others make better decisions.

Blind men and an elephant

As the story goes, a group of blind people encounter an elephant for the first time, and each person approaches the elephant from a different angle. As a result, they each feel something different such as a trunk, a tusk, a tail and so on.

A Brief History: The Rolex Day-Date

In 2016, Rolex landed the number one spot on the Reputation Institute’s annual rankings, up from number 4 in 2015. This is when the olive-green dial, Rolex’s signature colour was released, as shown in the header image. Credit for that picture goes to Time and Tide here and I used this picture because the green dial is…

Screw Down Crown: Changed the Blog Name

I recently had a chat with a good friend of mine, Hassan; we talked about the refreshed blog, and my plans for it… he was pretty supportive and loved the idea. He also suggested that the name “WatchProductivity” was quite literal, but not particularly memorable or catchy. I didn’t think it mattered but he urged…

Thinking about a watch collection?

I recently had a conversation with my friend Vlasios… he said something which excited me, since I took it as a challenge! He said… “I always thought of watches as a useless luxury”. Soak on that for a second. There is no ‘rational’ reason to spend money on most items we purchase today. Why buy…

What is the ‘grail watch’ for watch collectors?

Watch people often talk about #grail #watches. My personal definition: A watch which is currently unaffordable to me, but one which I hope to own someday. I also define it as something that is “within the realms of possibility, but not quite a certainty”. Now I am aware that not everyone shares this definition, and…