Challenging beliefs – #6: Positive reinforcement does not work on people

Bad parents and bad managers have a lot in common. Or perhaps it is just a ‘bad people’ thing. They don’t listen. They think they know everything best. They believe they can do anything to you because you’re their child or because they pay you. And they think scare tactics work best. And unfortunately, it … More Challenging beliefs – #6: Positive reinforcement does not work on people

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Challenging beliefs – #5 Stray dogs are aggressive and vicious

People have a common belief that stray animals are vicious and dirty. In the various countries I lived, I have noticed a clear preference for ‘purebred’ dogs, thinking that they are better behaved and cleaner. Honestly, with a good bath, all the stray animals look decent and at least as cute as the ‘purebred’ (often … More Challenging beliefs – #5 Stray dogs are aggressive and vicious

Challenging beliefs – #4: Dogs are ‘just animals’

“Why do you care so much? They are just animals!” I cannot count how many times I have heard this phrase from people. To claim that animals are ‘just things’ shows, in my opinion, a lack of empathy and deepened perspective and appreciation in life. Our generation has to learn that the world does not … More Challenging beliefs – #4: Dogs are ‘just animals’

Challenging beliefs – #3: Women are treated equally to men on the labour market and in the office

Equality between men and women. It sounds so simple. And in theory, men and women should have equal access to jobs, be treated equally at work, and paid equally for the same work. While there are numerous pieces of legislation prohibiting discrimination between men and women on the labour market, there are still many examples … More Challenging beliefs – #3: Women are treated equally to men on the labour market and in the office

Challenging beliefs – #2: Small dogs are easier/calmer than big dogs

Size does not matter. When I had my hyper Egyptian mutt, people would often say how a smaller dog would be easier as they are calmer. Even though my dog was big and hyper, it does not mean that all big dogs are hyper – or that all small dogs are calm. I hated this … More Challenging beliefs – #2: Small dogs are easier/calmer than big dogs

Challenging beliefs – #1: Asian women are quiet, submissive dolls

Yellow fever. I first heard about this term from my ‘friend’ in university, describing our other friend who was flirting with me. This first friend then tried to hit on me later, failing which, he started dating ‘another Asian girl’. This happened more than once, as if Asian girls are interchangeable. Yellow fever, what a … More Challenging beliefs – #1: Asian women are quiet, submissive dolls