Something You Should Know about Human Behavior

Science Of Emotions

 April 24, 2015

Interview with Norman Rosenthal, M.D., author of The Emotional Revolution: Harnessing The Power Of Your Emotions For A More Positive Life


Mike Carruthers:
Your emotions - there's a fascinating topic. Do we create our own emotions or are we subject to them? Maybe both.


Norman Rosenthal, M.D.:
If we, for example, gamble away our money we're going to be pretty unhappy about that. But that isn't something that happened to us, that's something we actually made happen.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal


Sticking To A Commitment

April 30, 2015


Interview with Dr. Heidi Reeder, author of the book Commit to Win: How to Harness the Four Elements of Commitment to Reach Your Goals




Mike Carruthers:
Understanding how commitment works can help you better follow through and the first important thing is to really treasure the commitment you’ve made.


Dr. Heidi Reeder:
This relationship, this job, starting your own business you’ve got to really treasure that at a higher level than we’re spending our time focusing on the difficulties.

Dr. Heidi Reeder

How To Get Someone To Tell The Truth - Part 2

April 29, 2015


Interview with Michael Floyd, co-author of the book Get the Truth: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Persuade Anyone to Tell All





Mike Carruthers:

How do the police get people to confess and tell all? They’re skills we could probably could all use. And the first thing to understand is that there’s a difference between and interview and an interrogation.


Michael Floyd:
An interview is a dialog where you’re asking questions and seeking answers. Non-coercive interrogation is a monolog where we the interrogator are doing most of the talking - it’s a one-way flow of information.




Michael Floyd

How To Get Someone To Tell The Truth

April 28, 2015


Interview with Michael Floyd, co-author of the book Get the Truth: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Persuade Anyone to Tell All




Mike Carruthers:
When you want to get someone to tell you the truth about something they did wrong remember this quote…


Michael Floyd:
The guilty man seeks only to be understood for to be understood gives the appearance of being forgiven. I think that says it all.


Michael Floyd

Using Surprise To Your Advantage


April 15, 2015


Interview with Andy Nulman, author of Pow! Right Between the Eyes: Profiting from the Power of Surprise


Mike Carruthers:
To be more successful, whether as a business or as an individual, one often overlooked strategy is the power of surprise.


Andy Nulman:
The definition here is it's the constant expansion of the boundaries of delightful extremes. What you want to make sure you do is delight a customer.

Andy Nulman



Organizing Your Stuff

April 14, 2014


Interview with Regina Leeds, author of the book Rightsize . . . Right Now!: The 8-Week Plan to Organize, Declutter, and Make Any Move Stress-Free




Mike Carruthers:
Perhaps the best reason for organizing and decluttering your home is the space that you reclaim as a result.


Regina Leeds:
Space is an invaluable commodity. And if we have more of it in our homes it would help us think more clearly and be more peaceful and calm.


Regina Leeds

The Effects Of Color On Thought & Behavior

April 10, 2015


Interview with Alex J. Packer, author of the book Wise Highs: How to Thrill, Chill, & Get Away from It All Without Alcohol or Other Drugs



Mike Carruthers:
One factor that influences how you feel and behave is color.


Alex Packer:
And designers of homes and fashion designers take advantage of that. For example, blue is generally a calming color. It sorta cools things down.

Alex J. Packer


April 9, 2015


Interview with Lucinda Bassett, author of the book From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life



Mike Carruthers:
Anxiety. It's a big problem.


Lucinda Bassett :
It's the number one emotional problem in the world today. Anxiety is the number one reason people go to the hospital emergency room. It's the number one reason people use prescription medication. It's believed to be the number one reason people abuse alcohol, miss work, or have a hard time coping in general.


Lucinda Bassett

Why We Get So Upset Over Nothing

April 1, 2015


Interview with Deborah Tannen, author of the book The Argument Culture: Stopping America's War of Words




Mike Carruthers:
Today more than ever we live in an argument culture.


Deborah Tannen:
It’s the tendency to approach everything in an adversarial frame of mind. The way to show you’re really thinking is to criticize and attack.


Deborah Tannen

Power Of Flattery

March 27, 2015


Interview with Richard Stengel, author of the book You're Too Kind A Brief History of Flattery




Mike Carruthers:
Flattery works. It’s just human nature that people like you if you show you like them, and there are some effective techniques to being a better flatterer.


Richard Stengel :
One of the classic techniques is to be specific so that you don't say to someone, "You're the greatest." You say, "Mike, you're a wonderful interviewer, and in fact I remember an interview you did several years ago with this sheepherder in New Zealand, that really changed my life."

Richard Stengel

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