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I'd like to counter argue your question with: Repressed desires will improve your overall lifestyle. One example supporting my point is pornography and masturbation, I believe a personal experience fits as empirical evidence and is well suited for this question. I have, in the past, been quite addicted to the two mentioned above - resulting in lack of ...


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I've found if not an answer then at least a good starting point to this. The theory of trust in management literature explains that in a contractual situation, the actors may be motivated to fulfil their end of the bargain based on the trust they place to the actor on the opposite side. Specifically, there's two types of trust: Competence trust = ...


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In general, personality traits correlate with most measures of satisfaction. Most notably, there is a large literature showing that personality correlates with life satisfaction (see Steel et al). In general, neuroticism is the biggest correlate followed by extraversion and conscientiousness. The following table from Grant et al summarises two major meta-...


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The economic concept of marginalism comes to mind. Actors will spend money to buy virtual goods if the marginal cost (price) is lower than the marginal (subjective) utility of the virtual good. If you have lots of money it's easier to spend $10 on extra lives. This explains some of it. Most of the purchases are small, so the individual cost/utility analysis ...


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Game-based Learning uses various schemes for blending play with learning, so it can be considered a rather wide category. I'll address a specific type of Game-based Learning which I find characteristically more effective than traditional learning. In traditional learning the basic incentive for learning is passing tests. One problem with this method is that ...



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