Something You Should Know about Human Behavior

Why You Should Be Nice

May 20, 2015


Interview with Linda Kaplan Thaler author of The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness




Mike Carruthers:
If you want to get ahead, is being nice a good thing or a bad thing?


Linda Kaplan Thaler:
You know, "nice" has been getting a bad rap. "Nice" is defined by people as someone who's milquetoast - you can step all over them. The fact of the matter is, it's probably the toughest four letter word you'll ever learn.


Linda Kaplan Thaler


Social And Performance Anxiety

May 19, 2015



Interview with Jonathan Berent author of Beyond Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties



Mike Carruthers:
More people have social or performance anxiety than perhaps anyone realized. You know that fear of giving a presentation or the fear of looking foolish or nervous


Jonathan Berent:
And I’ve had countless people who have told me things like, “You know I’m thinking of getting into a car accident tomorrow on the way to work because I have to give a presentation and there’s no way I’m going to do it.”

Jonathan Berent


Keys To Productivity

May 18, 2015


Interview with Josh Davis, author of the book Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done




Mike Carruthers:
In order to be as productive as possible it’s important to recognize…


Josh Davis:
…that we’re not going to be at our peak all day long every minute and we don’t need to be. There’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t need our best mental energy.

Josh Davis

How You Perceive Risk - Part 2

May 15, 2015

Part 2 of Interview with David Ropeik, author of Risk!: A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Really Dangerous in the World Around You



Mike Carruthers:
Assessing what's truly risky in life isn't easy - and there's no simple equation either.


David Ropeik:
It's not this linear, statistical thing that the media likes to say, "We're too afraid of shark attack and not afraid enough of heart disease." Yeah that's true but it really doesn't work itself out in a kind of a mathematical sort of way.

David Ropeik


How You Perceive Risk

 May 14, 2015

Interview with David Ropeik, author of Risk!: A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Really Dangerous in the World Around You



Mike Carruthers:
How we decide what's risky or scary doesn't necessarily follow logic…


David Ropeik:
In olden times it was pretty easy to figure out what was dangerous -  it was the lion that was attacking or it was the guy with the club - and risks were obvious.

David Ropeik

Bouncing Back From Setbacks & Trauma

May 11, 2015


Interview with David Feldman, author of the book Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success




Mike Carruthers:
How many have you heard what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Or when life gives you lemons you make lemonade? But when you really study people who have bounced back from trauma in life…


David Feldman:
All have said what did not help them was positive thinking. What did not help them was silver lining look on the bright side thinking.


David Feldman

Dealing With Anger

May 8, 2015


Interview with John Lee, author of The Anger Solution: The Proven Method for Achieving Calm and Developing Healthy, Long-Lasting Relationships




Mike Carruthers:
Funny thing about anger - people get angry all the time and yet…


John Lee:
The words you will very seldom ever hear a lover, a spouse, a boss or an employee ever say to anybody is, “I’m angry”. 

John Lee


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

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