Blink Away Poverty

“… when shown pictures of homeless people or drug addicts (the ones whose appearance show the wear and tear of these conditions, anyway), our brains see them as so unlike us that they classify them as objects and not human beings. ” They actually did a study to find that out and it’s documented. We can’t lie about how we really feel, it’s on our face.– T.J.

Together in Dignity

By: Ben Fehsenfeld (United States)

When we pass someone on the street she knows exactly what we think of her. How? Malcolm Gladwell explains that when we see someone, a micro-expression crosses our face, lasting a few hundredths of a second and revealing our inner feelings. They’re short enough that if you blink, you’ll miss them. Then our rational mind takes over and the micro-expression changes, reflecting the face that we condition ourselves to show the world. So when we see a person on the street who “looks homeless,” our micro-expression might show fear, anxiety, or disgust, even if we see ourselves as open and giving people. The other person senses this subconscious reaction and often reacts accordingly.

What’s the mechanism in our brain that leads to these micro-expressions? The human mind is uniquely suited to reduce that which it does not recognize as similar to itself to…

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About tjmcfee

Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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