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Dogmatic individuals hold confidently to their beliefs, even when experts disagree and evidence contradicts them. New research from Case Western Reserve University may help explain the extreme perspectives, on religion, politics and more, that seem increasingly prevalent in society…

“…religious individuals may cling to certain beliefs, especially those which seem at odds with analytic reasoning, because those beliefs resonate with their moral sentiments,” said Jared Friedman, a PhD student in organizational behavior and co-author of the studies.

“Emotional resonance helps religious people to feel more certain — the more moral correctness they see in something, the more it affirms their thinking,” said Anthony Jack, associate professor of philosophy and co-author of the research. “In contrast, moral concerns make nonreligious people feel less certain.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the conflict is driven by a dogmatic individual who will not listen to another point of view.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a person you know who is driven by dogma and how it affects you.

Art Prompt: Dogmatic person

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the pros and cons of dogma.

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I wanted to be good. I truly did.
Until the day I didn’t. –The Key to St. Medusa’s by Kat Howard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the prompt as the starting point for a story or a scene.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you decided to stop following the rules. Do you regret it? What happened?

Art Prompt: I wanted to be good…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time when you decided to break the rules.

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“As an emotion, disgust is designed as a protection,” said Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “When people feel disgusted, they tend to remove themselves from a situation. The instinct is to protect oneself. People become focused on ‘self’ and they’re less likely to think about other people. Small cheating starts to occur: If I’m disgusted and more focused on myself and I need to lie a little bit to gain a small advantage, I’ll do that. That’s the underlying mechanism.”

In turn, the researchers found that cleansing behaviors actually mitigate the self-serving effects of disgust. “If you can create conditions where people’s disgust is mitigated, you should not see this (unethical) effect,” Mittal said. “One way to mitigate disgust is to make people think about something clean. If you can make people think of cleaning products — for example, Kleenex or Windex — the emotion of disgust is mitigated, so the likelihood of cheating also goes away. People don’t know it, but these small emotions are constantly affecting them.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your protagonist is so disgusted that he or she feels entitled to cheat.

Journaling Prompt: Does the way you feel affect  your integrity? Write about several examples.

Art Prompt: Disgust

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the phenomenon of cheating and what allows people to feel entitled to do it.

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Players who received the highest number of penalties — those in the top 10 percent of penalties — had an average of 1.5 arrests per player, including violent and nonviolent arrests. Each player with one arrest averaged 11 penalties and 95 penalty yards. The numbers were higher for those with two or more arrests: Those players averaged 16 penalties and 133 penalty yards each.

“Since our findings revealed a link between workplace behavior and off-duty behavior, it is important for organizations, especially those with a high profile like the NFL, to take seriously their personal conduct policies and to properly screen those they hire for employment, as the actions of any one individual has consequences, both negative and positive, not only for the individual involved but also to the image of the organization,” Nicole Piquero said.

The study found no link between penalties and violent arrests, which, contrary to popular belief, represent a small number of overall arrests among NFL players. In addition, researchers found that players had very few penalties during postseason games, which they believe could be due to the high stakes involved in those games or the fact that referees tend to call fewer penalties during that time. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a pro athlete whose behavior on and off the field is questionable.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about professional athletes who are violent off the field?

Art Prompt: NFL

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the correlation between on and off the field behavior in pro football players.

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Ostracize transitive verb
  • To banish or expel from a community or group;to cast out from social, political, or private favor.
  • [Greek Antiquity] To exile by ostracism; tobanish by a popular vote, as at Athens.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever felt ostracized or have you ever been part of ostracizing someone else? Write about the experience.

Art Prompt: Ostracize

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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A man can go along obeying all the rules and then it don’t matter a damn anymore. –What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Fiction Writing Prompt: Put your protagonist into a situation where the rules don’t apply anymore.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when the rules are suddenly changed?

Art Prompt: The rules

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time that you broke a rule.

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Drunkenness wa not condemned in the ancient world. It makes men feel like gods, and the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Germanic, Slav and Scandinavian peoples not only felt (like the Amerindians) that they were part of a group of friends and allies in that state, but also that mead was the drink of immortality. No god in any of their pantheons denied himself that liquor. In final homage to the fallen kings whom the Irish sent to their fathers, they were drowned in a vat of mead and their palaces set alight. (If the Celtic mead-maker, particularly in Wales, was not really a seer and healer, he was credited with those powers. Healing, like fermentation, was a magical operation, both of them graciously granted by the gods to the specialists who mediated between them and mankind.) –A History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: How does your character view drunkenness? Add to your character sketch.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about public drunkenness? Private drunkenness?

Art Prompt: Drunkenness

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about differing cultural views on drunkenness.

Photo Credit: Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy on Wikimedia

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Many people who cut or otherwise injure themselves report that they do so because it provides a sense of relief. Others say they use cutting or other forms of self-injury as a coping mechanism when dealing with a problem or stressful situation. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, people who have a difficult time expressing their feelings may demonstrate their emotional tension, psychical discomfort, pain or low-esteem by engaging in self-injurious behaviors.

While people who engage in NSSI often report feeling a sense of relief upon injuring themselves, many also report that these feelings are quickly replaced by shame or guilt once the relief passes. It is not uncommon for those who engage in self-injurious behaviors to hide their behavior from their peers, parents or teachers or to feel embarrassed or ashamed of the injuries they have inflicted upon themselves. –Live Science

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene involving self-harm and include the internal monologue of the character who does it.

Journaling Prompt: How do you take care of yourself when your feelings are overwhelming?

Art Prompt: Self-harm

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the dangers of self-harm and give them tips for talking to someone they love who is trapped in this behavior.

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thurs woman

He remembered her voice being magical, the way she carried herself mesmerizing, and her arrival into his boring routine had been as unexpected as the parting of clouds. –Hugh Howey, Wool

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of the woman described in the passage – use prose, poetry, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the first impression you had of someone you now love.

Art Prompt: I remember you…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about meeting someone important to you.

Photo Credit: James Rivera on Flickr

sat stop

If I had thought of, if I’d felt any reason at all to stop, I would have. You know I would have stopped. –BREATHLESS • BY GLENN MORI

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you should have stopped but didn’t.

Art Prompt: Stop!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about your failure to stop doing something until it was too late.

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