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Unmasking Ourselves: Understanding Why We Act Differently Around Different People

The Many Masks We Wear: A Dive into Our Social Chameleons Ever caught yourself acting one way with your family, but completely different when you’re out with your mates or in the office? It’s not just you; it’s a universal …

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Unravelling the Illusory Truth Effect: The Intersection of Repetition and Belief

In an era where information spreads faster than ever, understanding the forces that shape our beliefs is crucial. One such force is the illusory truth effect, a psychological phenomenon demonstrating how repetition can make statements appear more truthful, regardless of …

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Anaphora and Epistrophe: The Rhythmic Pillars of Persuasive Oratory in History and Cinema

In eloquent oratory, anaphora and epistrophe serve as powerful rhetorical devices. Anaphora involves the repetition of a phrase at the beginning of consecutive clauses, while epistrophe repeats a phrase at the end. These techniques have been employed by a diverse …

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L’esprit de l’escalier: The Wit We Discover in Retrospect

In the labyrinth of human interaction, there lies a curious phenomenon, known elegantly in French as “L’esprit de l’escalier,” or “staircase wit.” It is a term that elegantly encapsulates the poignant irony of intellectual hindsight – the perfect riposte or …

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The Enigma of Dr. Andrew Clarkson: I Guess a Tale of Expert Uncertainty

In the rarified world of professional consultancy, Dr. Andrew Clarkson stands out. Renowned for his depth of knowledge yet curiously beginning every response with “I guess”, he has become a figure of both intrigue and admiration within intellectual circles. Dr. …

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