Skip to main content

Dealing with Obnoxious Behaviour

As Jaden flirts with obnoxious behavior at home, we are doing our best to make it clear that's unacceptable. Of course, this phase had to come. After all, in a world that ups the 'Vagina Monologues' to art status, thinks nothing about the disgusting slaughter of babies in wombs calling it the power of women making choices, where Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev featured on Rolling Stone cover makes it to the 'hottest' list, the obnoxious does and will find superlative value.

Tell you what, it sometimes feels like a losing battle. But we know this for sure. The battle for dignity and class can be won, must be won, and it will be up to us. The two things we will have to do to ensure Jaden only flirts with unacceptable behavior and doesn't make it a habit will be to, one, exhibit zero tolerance to such behavior, and two, never indulge in it ourselves.

Now that's where Alphy comes in as our gift from God. If there's a lady on the planet, I must tell you its Alphy. I sometimes wonder how is it possible for someone to not even harbor a terrible thought, and then I know its a gift given to a minuscule few straight from heaven. Alphy got it, I have to work at it. Alphy is lady personified, I battle to get close to dignified behavior.

For now I am positive Jaden will make it, but we'll still keep close scrutiny. On him, and of course, yours truly. So we don't let obnoxious slip into default mode in behavioral exhibitions. That would be disastrous. Its much like addictive consumption. Its starts with flirting with a 'sick' consumption choice, then grows because its unchecked, and finally traipses into default behavior territory. The consumer exhibiting such behavior may not even be aware he/she is addicted.

What a pity. Which is why we are currently on our guard, and on the lookout. 


Popular posts from this blog

Situational Involvement of Consumers

There are two types of involvement that consumers have with products and services, Situational and Enduring. Situational involvement as the term suggests, occurs only in specificsituations whereas Enduring involvement is continuous and is more permanent in nature.

Decisions to buy umbrellas in India are driven by the onset of Indian monsoon. Monsoon rains arrived in India over the South Andaman Sea on May 10 and over the Kerala coast on May 28, three days ahead of schedule. But then, after a few days of rain, South India is witnessing a spate of dry weather. Temperatures are soaring in the north of India. The Umbrella companies in the state of Kerala are wishing for the skies to open up. So is the farming community and manufacturers of rural consumer products whose product sales depend totally on the farming community. The Met. department has deemed this dry spell as 'not unusual'.

India's monsoon rains have been static over the southern coast since last Tuesday because of a…

Prior Hypothesis Bias

Prior Hypothesis bias refers to the fact that decision makers who have strong prior beliefs about the relationship between two variables tend to make decisions on the basis of those beliefs, even when presented with the evidence that their beliefs are wrong. Moreover, they tend to use and seek information that is consistent with their prior beliefs, while ignoring information that contradicts these beliefs.

From a strategic perspective, a CEO who has a strong prior belief that a certain strategy makes sense might continue to pursue that strategy, despite evidence that it is inappropriate or failing.

Ref : Strategic Management : An Integrated Approach, 6e, Charles W L Hill, Gareth R Jones

Consumer Spending

Carpe Diem Blog: From Visual Economics, a graphical representation appears above (click to enlarge) of Consumer Expenditures in 2007, using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Note that total spending on food ($6,133), clothing ($1,881) and housing ($16,920) represented 50% of consumer expenditures and 30% of income before taxes in 2007. In 1997 by comparison, 51.1% of consumer expenditures were spent on food, clothing and housing, and 44.6% of income before taxes was spent on food, clothing and housing (data here).