The Surprising Psychology Behind Your Urge to Break the Rules | Paul Bloom | TED
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Thank you, Paul! In my journey of recovery from mental illness my therapist inspired in me, a Pollyanna’s view of the world! This teaching set me up for failure by thinking that everybody was good, and only had good intentions. I wish I’d heard this talk 30 years ago. Thank you, Paul. Loved “Psych” too… My thinking is reframed!
Thanks Paul, just gave me a little more motivation to continue writing my choas inspired book about either helping others or watching the world burn.
Great talk, recently listened to Paul Bloom and Sam Harris on a podcast about empathy too. Was very interesting
I think this is important because everytime someone does something bad, people always excuse them "oh it's because they were abused as a child" or "hurt people hurt people". I don't think this is entirely false either, but saying that no one is perverted or enjoy hurting others is just a lie and distorsion of reality.
"Telling people: 'What you do is stupid, irrational, immoral' can have the paradoxical effect of motivating them to do exactly what you don't want them to do."
Paul Bloom, a good speaker and teacher. I always find what he talks about interesting. I used to watch his university lessons on YouTube
It may seem counter-intuitive, but imagine what would happen if you claimed the identity of your ideal self. Even if you aren't there yet.
What if you thought of yourself as a fit person on the inside, even while you bring that into being? Don't think of yourself as someone who has to walk, think of yourself as someone-who-walks.
Once you take on an identity, you’ve given yourself an internal source of fuel.
What a fascinating talk! There is also another talk by him, which I also found quite interesting, called "The Origins of Pleasure". So much so that even made a video based on it! Highly recommend
I honestly only do stuff like this because it genuinely brings me a feeling of joy and catharsis
Thank you! I listened to an interview Paul Bloom did in Modern Wisdom podcast and I had to look up his TED talk. Paul Bloom is both very knowledgable and funny
Being told not to tell people what to do because they'll do the opposite makes me want to do the opposite of what you told me to do.
Firstly, Decision fatigue and moral licencing are large contributors towards rule-breaking in an otherwise rule-abiding neurotypical individual.
Second, (and perhaps more prevalent) is psychopathology & neuroses. Then, there is a combination of both.
Really an interesting talk. As an Austrian, I really got a thing for malicious compliance... There's no bigger joy for me than to show people how stupid certain laws or orders are and bonus points if someone can be coaxed into a discussion or making a decision, where he only has bad options unless he accepts that his values are stupid... (like that one legend who pretended to be a tr@ns woman with giant br3asts and deliberately became an embarrassment so that he got paid to do nothing!)
I got quite an inhibition in destroying beautiful things, rare things, or very old things, but as a kid, I did engage in vandalism, but that was targeting things that already offended me in my anarchistic sense of beauty... Besides the malicious compliance, the one thing that I need to watch out for is the joy of manipulating others and corrupting them in petty ways. The most harmless example is to get someone to laugh at a politically incorrect joke, but it can take a dark turn pretty fast...
Thus, thinking about it, it's mostly a reactionary desire to fight back against a culture I cannot identify myself with, especially when it feels oppressive or stupid. Moreover, showcasing hypocrisy is clearly a big part of the joy, besides breaking the taboo by proxy...
Once, when we were children, a friend of mine bought a cone of ice cream. I made the arm movement that, if unchecked, would have knocked the ice cream out if his hand, but my intent was just to threaten, to cause a bit of anxiety, so i stopped my hand centimetres away from the actual cone. However, my friend automatically squeezed the cone so hard, that the ice cream slipped out of it. It was quite funny
Aussie here. My rebel inside is becoming more active because australia has become a horrible nanny state. It enraged me because those that make laws are assuming we are all stupid naughty children. I see the point in obeying good logical laws but someone..especially someone who thinks they are superior to those they rule are insufferable and a joy to oppose !
"Dont bully people" somehow sounds like a loss of freedom to many people
What you say makes a lot of sense. It also teaches more how to handle people
Weird I use this chaos scale to do good instead of evil, example when someone tells me I would never pass the test I would study twice as hard just to prove them wrong.
“I am the girl who spends hours huddled in a corner of a library, trying to find what you love the most about Marlowe, just so I can write you a poem worthy of Shakespeare. I've made books my lovers, hours my enemies and you the only story.”
Can someone recommend more reading on this topic? Thank youuuu
I love this guy.