“The winners use success as a reason to dismiss the forces working against everyone else.” Emily Chang

“A true meritocracy is impossible to achieve. I love Kara Swisher’s term mirror-tocracy. It perfectly encapsulates the idea. That we hire people who look like us. The reality is that we all come to the plate with different kinds of access. The escalator of life moves far faster for some than others. When you believe you’re operating in a meritocracy, you’ll be more anti-meritocratic.”

“There’s a study that shows people who believe they work in a meritocracy are the least meritocratic of all. They don’t acknowledge their biases. What is it, Avenue Q? ‘Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist’ Everybody has these biases. If you’re not cognizant of them, you can’t compensate for them”

“The actual word meritocracy was coined by a British sociologist Michael Young in the 1950s to warn about a future where people use their success to justify their success. The winners use success as a reason to dismiss the forces working against everyone else.”

Source: Katie Couric – 62. Silicon Valley’s Toxic Bro Culture

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Extremism – “splitting”, black and white thinking or all are nothing thinking – as a psychological concept feels to me a relevant concept in the world right now. A theory by Ronald Fairbairn holds that we develop this belief as infants. Rather than see a parent one complex and complete individual, we develop simplified concepts of a lovingly good force and a bad. So as adults, we might not notice the details of a complicated situation. We forget we can make informed choices about our own behavior based on that information. Our mental first draft falsely thinks we either “won” ... Read more

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“No one likes an angry person but so what! We can be so fixated on being likable all of the time.” Morgan Jerkins

“No one likes an angry person but so what! We can be so fixated on being likable all of the time. One of the worst things a person can do is to not acknowledge their feelings. Even if it’s negative. You say: Nobody likes me when–So what! Give yourself the kindness, the generosity to allow yourself what you’re feeling right now. It’s not a good idea to ignore that anger and not figure out it’s roots.” Morgan Jerkins Source: Dear Sugars - Rage is a Red Lesson — With Morgan Jerkins

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