Irrationality, Rationality and Health

July 28, 2011 Oyibo Princess
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Hello all.

I have gotten a few messages from women who have said that my blog has inspired them either to go natural or to explore their hair growth potential.  Although I try to shame women with relaxers (I too once had one so who am I to judge), these replies have gotten me interested in what inspires people, not just to go natural but to make healthy decisions in general.  What causes people to make unhealthy decision not only when it comes to their hair but also when it comes to their body?  For example, why would someone not monitor their diet and eat rids, McDonald’s, or cake on a daily basis with the knowledge that diet-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, or stroke run in their family?

Sounds irrational but is very common in our society.  In the vein of hair care, why would someone go to a shop every 6 weeks or so and pay another person quite a bit of money to apply a chemical on their head that can burn through metal and causes cancer?  Again, I am not trying to judge, I can be quite irrational too, but it is quite mind boggling. Dan Ariely explores the irrationality of human beings in his book, Predictably Irrational and argues that humans are always irrational.  After I finish reading Things Fall Apart by the great Nigerian (Igbo) writer Chinua Achebe, I plan to read Dan Ariely’s book.  While I do agree with Ariely that humans can be irrational, my viewers who have cited me as their source of inspiration, have inspired me to think differently.  There is a force that drives individuals to act irrationally but there can also be a stronger force to drive them in the opposite direction to rationality.

It is simple high school physics.  Newton’s first law says that “every body persists in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state impressed.”

In other words, everything will state at rest or move with a constant velocity unless acted on by a force especially an unbalanced force.

I believe there are unseen forces that push human beings towards irrational behavior despite the fact that there are also strong (albeit weaker) forces pushing them towards rational behavior.

What is this force?

What is this force? What are the invisible forces that push us towards rational or irrational behavior? What motivates human beings?


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