Something You Should Know about Human Behavior

How Smart Are You Really?

July 20, 2016


Interview with Art Markman, author of the book Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done




Mike Carruthers:
You’re probably not as smart as you think you are on many topics.


Art Markman:
The quality of our knowledge about the way the world works is less good than we think it is this is something that’s called the illusion of explanatory depth.


Art Markman

Finding & Living Your Purpose

July 18, 2016


Interview with Victor Strecher, author of the book Life On Purpose




Mike Carruthers:
If you don’t have a purpose in life you should probably get one.


Victor Strecher:
If we can help people find purpose in life, we can help them live longer, reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke, reduce their risk of depression – literally help repair their DNA. There are so many positive things as a result of having a purpose in life.


Victor Strecher

Human Behavior

July 15, 2016


Interview with Joseph T. Hallinan, author of the book Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average




Mike Carruthers:
Perhaps you've heard this advice - when you're taking a test and you're in doubt about your answer, go with your first instinct.


Joseph T. Hallinan:
Not good advice. People have researched this question for eighty years and virtually all of the studies have reached the same conclusion - that if you think about changing your answer on a test you're probably better off changing it.

Joseph T. Hallinan

Taking Risks

July 13, 2106


Interview with David Di Salvo, author of the book What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite




Mike Carruthers:
Have you ever taken on a challenge that seemed like a good idea but when it came time to actually doing it you were scared to death – that was your brain talking.


David Di Salvo:
Our brains were wired for a default position of security, stability, and consistency. That served us well for much of our evolutionary heritage; however it also produces a great deal of stumbling blocks for us to do things that are ultimately in our best interest.

David DiSalvo

Maximizing Your Willpower

July 4, 2016


Interview with Kelly McGonigal, author of the book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It




Mike Carruthers:
Willpower is something that is often misunderstood.


Kelly McGonigal:
Most people feel like they don’t have any willpower and actually willpower is something that everybody has. It’s a basic biological human instinct.

Kelly McGonigal

Can People Be Trusted?

July 1, 2016


Interview with Stephen M.R.Covey, author of the book Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World




Mike Carruthers:
We are probably less trusting of other people today than ever before.


Stephen M.R. Covey:
In a low trust world we tend to become more suspicious, more cynical, more distrusting because none of us want to get burned.

Stephen M.R. Covey

How You Approach Success

June 30, 2016


Interview with Alan Weiss, author of the book Million Dollar Maverick




Mike Carruthers:
Success is at least partly the result of your attitude.


Alan Weiss:
I truly believe Mike that people get up in the morning in 1 of 2 dispositions. They get up in the morning saying, “What a great day this is, what a fabulous day another day of opportunity”. Or they get up saying, “Uh jeez another slow crawl through enemy territory.”

Alan Weiss

How Others Influence Us - Part 2

June 29, 2016


Interview with Jonah Berger, author of the book Invisible Influence




Mike Carruthers:
If you want to be more productive don’t work alone.


Jonah Berger:
People tend to work harder when others are around. Cyclists’ race faster, runners run faster and so rather than trying to hit our goals by ourselves you can use others to help us get there.

Jonah Berger

How Others Influence Us

June 28, 2016


Interview with Jonah Berger, author of the book Invisible Influence




Mike Carruthers:
You may not think about it but your actions are influenced by other people in some very unusual and unique ways.  For example say you’re out having dinner with a group of people and you know what you’re going to order but your friend orders first.


Jonah Berger:
And they end up ordering the same entrée that you were thinking of getting and then it comes to you.  Do you pick the same thing or do you pick something different? Overwhelmingly people end up changing what they were going to pick because their friend choose it and it makes them less happy as a result.

Jonah Berger

The Lure Of Novelty

June 27, 2016


Interview with Winifred Gallagher, author of the book New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change




Mike Carruthers:
Unlike any other species on the planet human beings crave novelty and change.


Winifred Gallagher:
We are natures novelty specialists who are primed both biologically and psychologically to engage with the new and different and to adjust to change.

Winifred Gallagher

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