A 2013 study published in Psychological Science suggests that understanding both the source and the relevance of your emotions can have a serious effect on how much those emotions can sway your decision-making.
Not only that, this understanding may affect your willingness to take risks as well.
While it may feel as though your conscious thoughts are insulated from your surroundings, a recent study conducted by researchers at San Francisco State University has found otherwise. The study asked that participants look at an image, without thinking of the word associated with the image, or how many letters were in the word.
While this seems like a simple task, 80 percent of participants who were presented with the image of a sun automatically thought of the word “sun,” and 50 percent of participants silently counted to three (the number of letters in the word “sun”).
In NLP we maintain that good communication skills go a long way toward establishing relationships with new people in your life. Even the best communication skills are implemented after our initial judgment of people, however.
There are individuals that make it so much easier to build relationships of trust from the very first impression. Some people are naturally more prone to opening up and having personal discussions – even moments after meeting.
Then of course there are the people who trigger a more cautious approach. These people make us immediately hesitant, if not altogether leery, of being in their presence.
How quickly do we make such judgments? According to new scientific research, the human brain can make a judgment about a person’s trustworthiness in milliseconds, without even consciously registering their face.
Building on previous studies about quick judgments based on prevailing physical characteristics, Jonathan Freeman, an Assistant Professor at New York University’s Department of Psychology, took such theories a step further.
As a senior author for a paper set to be published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Freeman reveals the results of a series of experiments using both real and computer generated faces to determine how quickly the average person would judge trustworthiness. The surprising findings indicated that the unconscious mind would make an assessment without the conscious mind actually seeing the face.
The experiment required monitoring the brain’s activity and reactions in the region believed to be responsible for social and emotional conduct. Computer generated faces were created using facial features most likely to be considered untrustworthy, such as shallow cheekbones and low inner eyebrows.
Two groups of participants were involved in the experiment. The first group were shown the faces of real people, interspersed with the artificially composed faces, and asked to rate their level of trustworthiness, based on facial appearance alone.
The answers were not at all random or scattered. The group strongly agreed on which faces could be trusted and which could not.
The second group of participants was asked to view images through a brain scanner. In order to fool the conscious …
Although this is an assumption that makes us feel better, it is one that could be dangerous. There are, in fact, quite a few toxic metals that are common in our food, air, water and other consumer goods. Known as “heavy metals,” these substances could be affecting your mental health.
Metals are naturally occurring in the earth, and flow through the food chain, ultimately finding their way to your dinner plate – and even into your glass of wine, according to WebMD.
Here, we will tell you about three of these metals.
Building strong relationships with others is essential in all areas of our lives: business, friendships, dating, parenting, etc. However, our daily word choices can undermine our attempts at getting closer to other people.
We can unwittingly be marking ourselves as untrustworthy, judgmental, and belittling when we use the following words in our everyday interactions.
Language is important! Beware how you use the following words…
According to research, 40% of people’s daily routines are habitual. Built over a lifetime of repetition, these habits seem to occur almost on their own.
Wiping your shoes on the mat; drinking coffee in the morning; having a cigarette while talking on the phone. Little things, like which sock you put on first, to locking your car doors, are habitual traits that require no conscious effort.
At the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention, Wendy Wood gave an in-depth explanation about how habitual patterns work, as well as how to break them. She gives insight into why many diet fads and self-help books don’t work, as well as measures people take to make positive changes from old habits.
The human mind is an intricate marvel of complexity and adaptability. Yet there are undertakings that seem relatively easy to some people, but prove to be a tremendous challenge to others.
What determines if a new task is easy or difficult to learn? In NLP, we draw on existing, familiar, internal resources and apply them to the currently learning process. The following research reveals that this is a good strategy.
In a recent voluntary survey on willpower, 85% of participants reported an increase in willpower through a free, 5-day online willpower boot camp conducted via email.
As of this writing, 121 people have participated in the online willpower course. Updates may be posted at intervals as more data is acquired from future participants.
Participants registered for the course on a voluntary basis and paid no fee. For five consecutive days, participants received an email that asked them to report their results. A final survey delivered the results show below.
Making plans to lose weight is the easy part. Applying those plans consistently is what really matters.
The primary obstacles to consistently applying your plan to lose weight aren’t about knowing what to do. They’re emotional.
Read on to discover three obstacles you should consider as you implement your weight loss plan.
Teenage boys believe that girls their age should be less intelligent.
Teenage girls agree.
In 2014, teenage boys believe that a smarter, more capable girl makes them less manly.
Teenage girls play along, hiding their intelligence and talents so they don’t intimidate the boys. These are modern day teenagers, grade 8.