Applied mechanics

‘Self-love’ might seem selfish. But done right, it’s the opposite of narcissism

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Some may argue this social media generation does not seem to struggle with loving themselves.

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  • Some may argue this social media generation does not seem to struggle with loving themselves.
  • But is the look-at-me-ism so easily found on TikTok and Instagram the kind of self-love we need in order to flourish?
  • The language of positive psychology can be – and often is – appropriated for all kinds of self-importance, as well as cynical marketing strategies.

Philosophy and self-love

  • Psychology researcher Li Ming Xue and her colleagues, exploring the notion of self-love in Chinese culture, claim “Western philosophers believe that self-love is a virtue”.
  • In the Christian tradition and in much European philosophy, says philosopher Razvan Ioan, self-love is condemned as a profoundly damaging trait.
  • In particular, Aristotle.
  • Read more:
    Friday essay: 3 ways philosophy can help us understand love

Bar too high?

  • Aristotle might set the bar too high.
  • Many psychologists claim self-love is important for adopting the kind and compassionate self-perception crucial for overcoming conditions that weaponise self-criticism, like clinical perfectionism and eating disorders.
  • For this reason, a compassionate form of self-love is often necessary to follow Socrates’ advice to “know thyself”, says philosopher Jan Bransen.

Self-love ‘misguided and silly’

  • His ideas are mostly rejected by philosophers of love, but pointing out where they go wrong can be useful.
  • When you love someone, he said, you’re prepared to sacrifice your own interests for those of your beloved.
  • But he thought the idea of sacrificing your own interests made no sense – which shows, he concluded, we can’t love ourselves.
  • In pop culture, love is often depicted as a willingness to sacrifice, but ancient philosophers took a different view

Self-compassion

  • We might need this self-compassion, too, in order to admit our failures – so we can overcome our defensiveness and see clearly how we’re failing to fulfil these interests.
  • Self-love, as promoted by contemporary psychologists, means standing in a compassionate relationship to ourselves.
  • It promotes comfort with the kind of critical self-assessment that helps us grow – which leads to resilience.


Ian Robertson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Community Bankers Association of Georgia Associate Member FraudXchange Offers a Solution to Help Banks Fight Check Fraud

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 7, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Community Bankers Association of Georgia associate member FraudXchange introduces a suite of fraud prevention solutions exclusively for CBA of Georgia members. Georgia banks must be an eligible member of CBA of Georgia to enroll.

Key Points: 
  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 7, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Community Bankers Association of Georgia associate member FraudXchange introduces a suite of fraud prevention solutions exclusively for CBA of Georgia members.
  • The FraudXchange's solutions offered exclusively to Community Bankers Association of Georgia member banks provide an option to help our members to fight back.
  • In response to the check fraud crisis and the frustrations expressed by financial institutions, FraudXchange has developed three solutions to help community banks combat fraud.
  • The FraudXchange's solutions offered exclusively to Community Bankers Association of Georgia member banks provide an option to help our members to fight back," said John McNair, President & CEO of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia.

Frustrated by tedious and unproductive meetings? These 2 proven strategies can help teams work smarter

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Or is there a better way to organise how we interact within teams to support effective decision making?

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  • Or is there a better way to organise how we interact within teams to support effective decision making?
  • For this process to work, it is essential there is a culture that promotes diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.
  • This leads to increased experience, intelligence, competence and task-relevant knowledge, as well as better overall problem solving capacity for the team.

Creating a safe environment

  • But creating an environment where team members feel safe to share their thoughts and opinions, especially if they are not in line with the majority view, is often easier said than done.
  • Psychological safety means team members can express their ideas and opinions without the fear of negative responses.
  • By supporting independent thinking, teams can develop a culture of continuous improvement and adaptability, essential in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

Feeling safe and included

  • They were also asked whether their group demonstrated effective decision making.
  • You achieve more by getting personal

    We found participants who described higher levels of psychological safety were more likely to report effective decision making.

  • Feeling psychologically safe and able to communicate without fear of negative consequences is important for effective decision making.
  • When inclusion means the appropriate participation of team members in the decision-making process, it was associated with effective decision making.

Understanding team dynamics for better results

  • Our study shows both psychological safety and independent thinking are important for effective team decision making.
  • Leaders play a crucial role in promoting psychological safety within their teams.


Following an effective decision-making process. This involves considering the team’s objectives, understanding the problem or opportunity being addressed, applying a range of perspectives, considering more than one potential solution, and selecting solutions that are best aligned with the team’s objectives.
Fostering psychological safety by having a shared set of values and a clear vision to support constructive discussion. Encourage curiosity instead of allowing defensiveness, and frame decision making as a team sport – not a win (or loss) for the individuals whose ideas are supported (or discarded).
Supporting independent thinking and expression by allowing team members to share their view before they are exposed to the views of others. This could involve a poll, or pre-meeting written contribution. Leaders should also avoid unduly influencing team members by sharing their view first, or by very narrowly framing the scope for team discussion.
Following this approach, leaders can unlock effective decision making and improve overall performance – banishing unproductive team meetings for good.
This research was supported by Callaghan Innovation R&D Fellowship. This research was supported by Callaghan Innovation R&D Fellowship.

NEC joins Columbia University-led National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Smart Streetscapes (CS3)

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

TOKYO, Feb 1, 2024 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) has concluded a membership agreement with the U.S.-based National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Smart Streetscapes (CS3), a Columbia University-led initiative supporting the development of a rich ecosystem of streetscape applications.

Key Points: 
  • TOKYO, Feb 1, 2024 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) has concluded a membership agreement with the U.S.-based National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Smart Streetscapes (CS3), a Columbia University-led initiative supporting the development of a rich ecosystem of streetscape applications.
  • NEC and CS3 will continue to address Smart Streetscape challenges through collaboration with diverse organizations, contributing to the future of research and innovation.
  • (*) NFS: The U.S. National Science Foundation advances fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering.
  • NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation.

SCYTHE Expands Service Offerings Helping Teams Accelerate Offensive Cyber Capabilities

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

SCYTHE, the leading provider of advanced adversary emulation solutions, announces the expansion of its service offerings to empower organizations in the battle against constantly evolving cyber threats.

Key Points: 
  • SCYTHE, the leading provider of advanced adversary emulation solutions, announces the expansion of its service offerings to empower organizations in the battle against constantly evolving cyber threats.
  • Managed or 1-off Purple Team Service: For organizations seeking ongoing support, SCYTHE's Managed Purple Team Service provides continuous assessment and optimization of security measures.
  • Managed Empower Advisory Service: SCYTHE's Empower Advisory Service offers expert guidance to organizations navigating the complex landscape of cybersecurity.
  • As we continue to engage organizations adopting the SCYTHE platform, teams need more," said Trey Bilbrey, Head of SCYTHE Labs.

CES 2024: Panasonic Group to Exhibit Products, Technologies for Realizing Its Vision for Future Lifestyles

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Monday, January 8, 2024

Introduces "Panasonic GREEN IMPACT," the Panasonic Group's commitment to achieving both a better life for people and a sustainable global environment.

Key Points: 
  • Introduces "Panasonic GREEN IMPACT," the Panasonic Group's commitment to achieving both a better life for people and a sustainable global environment.
  • The Panasonic Group will introduce a wide range of in-vehicle device solutions that contribute to the adoption of EVs.
  • For now, Panasonic is expanding verification with electric power companies and transportation companies to accelerate verification of business scaling.
  • The Panasonic Group has set forth its long-term environmental vision, "Panasonic GREEN IMPACT," with the aim of achieving both a better life and a sustainable global environment for all.

GEARWRENCH LAUNCHES NEW SHOP EQUIPMENT PRODUCTS TO INCLUDE JACK STANDS, FLOOR JACKS, BOTTLE JACKS AND BENCH VISES

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Monday, November 20, 2023

In addition, three models of Bench Vises and three Bottle Jack products are launching at the beginning of 2024.

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  • In addition, three models of Bench Vises and three Bottle Jack products are launching at the beginning of 2024.
  • GEARWRENCH Launches New Shop Equipment Products to Include Jack Stands, Floor Jacks, Bottle Jacks and Bench Vises
    "The voice of the customer is at the center of all that we do at GEARWRENCH.
  • "GEARWRENCH Shop Equipment not only hits all three of those pain points, but they offer innovation in maximizing productivity and increasing safety.
  • Each of the new GEARWRENCH Shop Equipment Lifting products are designed and tested to meet ASME PASE 2019 Standard.

Sheba Microsystems Launches Revolutionary MEMS Autofocus Actuator for Active Athermalization in Embedded Vision Cameras

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Sheba Microsystems Inc. , a global leader in MEMS technologies, today announced the launch of its revolutionary new product, the MEMS Autofocus Actuator for Active Athermalization in Embedded Vision Cameras used in automotive, action, drones, machine vision, security and surveillance, and mobile robotics.

Key Points: 
  • Sheba Microsystems Inc. , a global leader in MEMS technologies, today announced the launch of its revolutionary new product, the MEMS Autofocus Actuator for Active Athermalization in Embedded Vision Cameras used in automotive, action, drones, machine vision, security and surveillance, and mobile robotics.
  • (Photo: Business Wire)
    The first-of-its-kind solution tackles the long-standing industry problem of embedded vision cameras’ inability to maintain image quality and focus stability during temperature fluctuations as optics undergo thermal expansion.
  • While smartphones use autofocus actuators and electromagnetic actuators including voice coil motors (VCMs), these actuators are unreliable for achieving active athermalization in embedded vision cameras due to extreme environmental conditions.
  • To learn more about Sheba Microsystems or to order an evaluation kit for your organization, visit www.shebamicrosystems.ca .

London is a major reason for the UK's inequality problem. Unfortunately, City leaders don't want to talk about it

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

In 2022, the richest fifth of the UK population had an income more than 12 times that of the poorest fifth.

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  • In 2022, the richest fifth of the UK population had an income more than 12 times that of the poorest fifth.
  • Many of these firms are located in the City, which the Corporation states “drives the UK economy, generating over £85bn in economic output annually”.
  • An alternative perspective is that these contributions should be balanced against what the City takes out of the wider UK economy.
  • In 2022, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warned that the biggest boom in City bonuses since the 2008 financial crisis would further increase this inequality gap.

The City’s diversity smokescreen

    • This is a complex picture, but few disagree that developing a more equitable UK economy and society requires significant structural change.
    • Politically, this has been recognised from most sides amid often heated debates about the new levelling-up bill.
    • Read more:
      Class and the City of London: my decade of research shows why elitism is endemic and top firms don't really care

Changing the national conversation

    • I believe they are well placed to help change the national conversation, by asking more of their leaders on this front.
    • Within many corporate organisations, the issue of inequality is positioned as part of corporate sustainability agendas, or the currently more fashionable “environmental, social and governance”.
    • The momentum to help drive these and many other changes requires a majority of the population on board.
    • We need its leaders to play a central role in our national debate about how to address this problem.

Why a Toronto high school principal's death is wrongly linked to anti-racist training

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Thursday, August 3, 2023

Although the reasons for suicide are complex, his family and lawyer released a statement linking his death to an anti-racism workshop he had attended.

Key Points: 
  • Although the reasons for suicide are complex, his family and lawyer released a statement linking his death to an anti-racism workshop he had attended.
  • Those ardently opposed to “woke politics” are now using Bilkszto’s tragic death to decry anti-racism and equity work.
  • The minister’s response as well as those by right-wing news media have helped to fuel a narrative that anti-racism and equity work is to blame.

Anti-racism training denigrated by news media

    • The Daily Mail described the investigation into Bilkszto’s death as one that will look into “whether the obsession with woke policies may have contributed” to his death.
    • The National Post wrote: “It’s no coincidence that Bilkszto came out humiliated” since “the DEI industry is designed to sell guilt and shame and perpetuate a culture of victimhood.” The Toronto Sun has suggested there is need to look at “the general issue of diversity, equity and inclusion training” concluding “reform may be sorely needed.”

Equity work disrupts ‘safe spaces’

    • It begins with the acknowledgement of both historical and contemporary inequities and the premise that such work is needed to bring about equity.
    • Even at its mildest, equity work involves taking some people outside of their comfort zone.
    • But equity work at its most meaningful involves getting people to recognize that their comfort zone has depended on other people’s silence and marginalization.
    • Yet equity work is often conducted within the context of a market-based relationship, where client priorities dictate the boundaries of change and disruptiveness.

The unspeakability of racism

    • Many developed Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) policies, and several demonstrated a willingness to have difficult conversations on racism.
    • Since then, the perceived urgency of this equity work has been steadily waning, yet the resistance to this work has remained forceful.
    • Equity studies scholar Sheila Dawn Gill offered the term “unspeakability of racism” to describe the barriers to naming racism within Canadian spaces.