I grew up eating baloney without ever giving a thought to where it came from. But psychology is all about reflecting on who you are, why you think the way you do and why you do what you do. So let’s explore our eating behavior: why do we think it’s weird or wrong when we hear that in some cultures people eat cat meat or insects or bats. Is it really that different from eating cows and pigs? How are we influenced to think that some foods are okay while others aren’t…?
Resources for this Episode
- Check out Dr. Melanie Joy’s work on carnism at the Carnism website
Psychology Concepts Mentioned in this Episode
- Moral cognitive dissonance
- Psychological distancing or Psychic Numbing
- Cognitive distortions
- I explored the idea of Supernormal Stimtuli in this episode.