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Friday, 13 November 2009

What does our perception of music depend on?

The Washington Post Experiment or The Flop of the L’Enfant Plaza. (read the original article: "Pearls before Breakfast”, although it should be titled "Pearls before swine")

'Beware the barrenness of a busy life.' — Socrates

Stradivarius violin
Stradivarius
violin
The following example illustrates the key factors in our perception of music and art in general.

A social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities was carried out at Washington subway station in the cold January morning a couple of years ago.

One of the greatest violinists of our days played incognito at the station exquisite Bach pieces (among other great composers’ works) for about an hour on a violin that costs 3.5 million dollars. Hardly anyone stopped, paid attention, or dropped a coin. Let alone recognizing him, while tickets to his concert usually cost 100$ on average.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Don't let your boyfriend swear at you.

Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty, and I'll show you a man. (Erica Jong)

D. has been in a five-year relationship with her boyfriend, but in spite of apparently loving each other and living together things don’t work well. It seems it’s all due to his quick temper, which usually translates into him yelling at the top of his lungs and swearing at her without any good reason at all.

A fighting couple
Tables turned
(A fighting couple)
She tried counselling, serious talking and even breaking up with him, but none of these experiments helped. He keeps cutting up rough, if she doesn’t approach him carefully -- like when she puts him off playing video games. She’s reluctant to give up on this relationship yet, but can’t take it any longer, either, since it’s also aggravating her underlying depression. So what should she do?

I've seen a lot of similar cases (like a couple who broke up because he just wouldn't come unstuck from his video games), and it's all usually comes down to the lack of respect.
First of all, everyone gets as much respect as they demand. However much you love him, letting him yell at you means you don't respect yourself enough, but there's really no reason for that – convince yourself you don't deserve it.
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