Recently, this blog just got a good influx of new followers (thanks to Liv @ Yeah Write - you’re awesome), so I just thought I’d take some time out to give everyone the quick and dirty about The Outside Angle. I also just re-organized and did some housekeeping in the last hour, so hopefully things are less cluttered.
Hi new followers!
I’m glad that something perked your interest about this blog and I hope that you find the rest of it interesting enough to stick around.
TOA is a blog that looks to flesh out what drives people or groups to behave in the diverse ways that we do. It’s a bit of psychology and social commentary, but a lot more informal and observation-based. It tries to be more relatable than say, an academic article, but it still tries to retain respect for the breadth of whatever topic an article is discussing. Just remember that at the end of the day, it’s all just my opinion and thought on the matter and everything is always up for discussion and improvement. I always have more to learn, and that excites me.
For more about the blog and its off-the-wall author, see the “About the Blog” tab.
All of the articles on the various topics can be found in the “Current Angles” tab. Everything written here is original content, and will fall into one of a few types of posts:
Series: Full-blown, multi-article discussions of a general topic or theme (like Relationships or Self-Identity). These can get pretty long, so I’d recommend taking them one article at a time, maybe even in parts.
One-Offs: Single, full-length article discussion of a particular theme.
Snips: Shorter articles on more specific topics (like Friend-Zoning)
Pet Peeves: Expressions and explanations of things from social environment that bug me and why. Maybe some of these things happen to bug you too!
Questions: These are questions I’ve posted to provoke thought, usually with my own take on the subject attached.
Thoughts: These are short quotes that I came up with regarding various things. Some of them come with a short explanation.
Special Features: These are posts that are addressed to or are about a specific audience (like Writers!)
Updates don’t occur on any regularly scheduled basis, unfortunately. I write for this blog in the fringes of my 50-ish hour work week and when I’m not involved with my other hobbies, so articles are posted with almost random timing. I try to keep the blog active in the gaps with the shorter-type posts, however. Some posts also need serious editing writing-wise (see About the Blog), which I’ll get to eventually, but I haven’t quite found the time yet.
Anyway, here are a few of what has seemed to be the more popular posts (I guess?) of TOA as a sample of what goes on around here. Since many of you are writers like me, some of these can be interesting to keep in mind when you’re developing characters or worlds for your stories.
Snip: What making a big deal about “Friend-Zoning” says about how we view personal interactions - How people are prone to turning personal interactions into a business of emotional commodities.
Snip: Why It’s Important to Differentiate Between Cultural and Natural Influences - We plan our behavior around what we perceive as ‘natural’, whereas we try to change or affect things that we perceive as ‘cultural’. Mistaking one for the other is the cause of systematic discrimination and is damaging for society.
Question 16: Does developing the motivation to pursue something require that one initially idealize it to some extent? What about vice-versa? - What’s behind the notion of ‘fake it ‘till you make it’
Series: Necessary but Not Sufficient Conditions Issue 1 - Being Similar to Your Partner, but Different - Being complementary is more important to a working relationship than just similarities or differences.