Something You Should Know about Human Behavior

Interesting Lesson From The Beatles' Success

January 5, 2016


Interview with Harry Beckwith, author of the book Unthinking




Mike Carruthers:
Back in the '60s the Beatles exploded like nothing we’d ever seen before -and some research helps explain why.


Harry Beckwith:
Well, they did a very good job of making the audience feel that they were singing to them.  That was a big part of it.  They don't sing about Peggy Sue but they sing to you, and they say, "I want to hold your hand."

Harry Beckwith

The Basics Of Persuasion

January 4, 2016


Interview with Kevin Dutton, author of the book Split-Second Persuasion: The Ancient Art and New Science of Changing Minds




Mike Carruthers:
How can you be more persuasive?


Kevin Dutton:
If you can make someone feel good when you’re trying to persuade them you’re going to have a darn sight better chance of pulling it off than if you make them feel lousy.

Kevin Dutton

Sticking To Your 2016 Resolutions - Part 2

January 1, 2016


Interview with Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of the book Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals




Mike Carruthers:
Willpower or actually lack of it is why we fail at New Year’s resolutions, right? Well not really.


Heidi Grant Halvorson:
Willpower doesn’t work the way you think it does. So most people think of willpower as this sort of fixed thing – right? Some people have it and some people don’t.  Willpower’s actually a lot like a muscle.


Heidi Grant Halvorson

Sticking To Your 2016 Resolutions

December 31, 2015


Interview with Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of the book Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals




Mike Carruthers:
It's almost time for your 2016 New Year's resolutions. So why do you think New Year's resolutions usually fail?


Heidi Grant Halvorson:
Typically we think we’re not reaching our goals for basically because of some sort of fixed ability that we don’t have - so I’m not smart enough, I don’t have enough will power.


Heidi Grant Halvorson

The Benefits Of Getting Older

December 30, 2015


Interview with Dr. Marc Agronin, author of the book How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old




Mike Carruthers:
The clock is ticking, we’re all getting older and many of us dread the idea. But there are a lot of misconceptions about aging.


Dr. Marc Agronin:
Aging just doesn’t suddenly happen one day, it’s our life-long process and there’s actually a lot that you can do earlier in life that can make a difference later in life. 

Dr. Marc Agronin

How To Be More Charismatic

December 21, 2015


Interview with Olivia Fox, author of the book The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism




Mike Carruthers:
Anyone can be more charismatic if you understand what charisma actually is.


Olivia Fox:
It is the old Dale Carnegie quote, "You can make more friends in two months by being truly interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."

Olivia Fox

Dealing With Toxic People

December 11, 2015


Interview with Lillian Glass, author of the book Toxic Men: 10 Ways to Identify, Deal with, and Heal from the Men Who Make Your Life Miserable




Mike Carruthers:
Are there toxic people in your life?


Lillian Glass:
A toxic person that’s somebody that doesn’t make you feel good about yourself. It’s somebody that doesn’t bring out the best in you and they’re various types of toxic people.

Lillian Glass

Need For Human Attachment

December 4, 2015


Interview with Amir Levine, author of the book Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love




Mike Carruthers:
The science and psychology of human attachment it’s really remarkable because we’re probably more dependent than we realize.


Amir Levine:
We’re wired to be dependent on our partners that’s our biology, we can’t help that. But if the dependency is good then actually paradoxically we become more independent. Because we have that feeling of security and we can go out into the world and do more things.

Amir Levine

Making Peace With your Past

November 27, 2015


Interview with Debbie Ford, author of the book The Dark Side of the Light Chasers




Mike Carruthers:
You often hear the advice that it’s important to make peace with your past, but what does that mean exactly?


Debbie Ford:
Well in the simplest terms, I think making peace with your past is finding something good, same value, some gold in it.

Debbie Ford

Why Doing Good Is Good For You

November 13, 2015


Interview with Stephen Post, author of the book Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving




Mike Carruthers:
You know that feeling you get when you do something kind for someone else?


Stephen Post:
That's actually been well described as the helper's high and even in 2006 major neurological studies showed that when we even think about helping others a part of the brain lights up that's associated with feel-good chemicals.

Stephen Post

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