Something You Should Know about Human Behavior

You & Your Siblings

May 13, 2016


Interview with Jeffrey Kluger, author of the book The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us




Mike Carruthers:
Your relationships with your siblings may be more meaningful than you realize.


Jeffrey Kluger:
Your siblings are the ones that are with you, the only relationship you have that will be with you from birth to death, your parents leave too early, your spouse and your kids come along later.

Jeffrey Kluger

Is "Gut Instinct" A Real Thing?

May 12, 2016


Interview with Mary Ellen O’Toole, author of the book Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us




Mike Carruthers:
My gut instinct told me it was the right thing to do. How often have you said that?


Mary Ellen O’Toole:
It’s this reliance on these mystical concepts that really cannot be described, you can’t refine your gut, you can’t improve your gut.

Mary Ellen O'Toole

Why We Like What We Like - Part 2

May 11, 2016


Interview with Tom Vanderbilt, author of the book You May Also Like




Mike Carruthers:
We often rely on other people’s reviews of products or restaurants or hotels but it’s important to understand who’s writing those reviews.


Tom Vanderbilt:

There’s just a certain community that is going to write a review more generally to begin with they have more time, they like to write, their more vocal with their opinions or as you say they are motivated by other particularly good or particularly bad experience.

Tom Vanderbilt

Why We Like What We Like

May 10, 2016


Interview with Tom Vanderbilt, author of the book You May Also Like




Mike Carruthers:
What’s your favorite color? Most people say blue. Why?


Tom Vanderbilt:
There’s something called availability bias that psychologists talk about somethings the thing that’s most obvious in our minds is the thing that springs to mind when we’re asked a question like that.

Tom Vanderbilt

Balancing Work & Life

May 6, 2016


Interview with Mathew Kelly, author of the book Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction




Mike Carruthers:
In order to live a satisfied life you may need to give up the idea of having a balanced life.


Mathew Kelly:
The reality is we’re most satisfied when we’re working hard or playing or resting hard. We tend to live our lives in extreme and I think the idea of trying to balance everything up is actually destructive.

Mathew Kelly

Being More Likeable

May 5, 2016


Interview with Michelle Tillis Lederman, author of the book The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking . . . Because People Do Business with People They Like




Mike Carruthers:
If you want to be likeable to just about everyone smile.


Michelle Tillis Lederman:
A smile is universally understood, you can see a smile from almost 30 feet away. The smile immediately is disarming and opens up and invites somebody in.

MIchelle Tillis Lederman

Being More Productive

May 4, 2016


Interview with Jonathan Fields, author of the book Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance




Mike Carruthers:
In the minds of many being productive and doing great work means working hard, nose to the grindstone – but that’s only part of the process.


Jonathan Fields:
The really big insights and ideas usually come when we work really hard and then we step away.

Jonathan Fields

What Men Find Attractive In Women

April 29, 2016


Interview with Jena Pincott, author of the book Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?: Bodies, Behavior, and Brains--The Science Behind Sex, Love, & Attraction




Mike Carruthers:
Do men really prefer blondes?


Jena Pincott:
They do seem to have a slight edge for a few reasons. The singer Blondie put it "Being blonde is like walking around under your own spotlight."

Jena Pincott

Where Your Personality Comes From

April 22, 2016


Interview with Dr. Samuel Barondes, author of the book Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality (FT Press Science)




Mike Carruthers:
What are the elements that make up your personality?


Dr. Samuel Barondes:
Personality is defined as the enduring, the enduring of thoughts, feelings and actions that are characteristic of a person.

Dr. Samuel Barondes

Our Electronics Culture

April 12, 2016


Interview with Thomas Cooper, PhD author of the book Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload




Mike Carruthers:
Technology has changed our lives but that change is not all good for all people, for some it has become an addiction.


Thomas Cooper PhD:
People unable to leave their cell phone, to leave their hand held device, people unable to stop watching sports every night, those kinds of media addictions allow us to become the first culture to spend more time with machines than with each other.

Thomas Cooper, PhD

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