Personal Psychology

Recipe for Mindfulness

There's been a lot of talk about mindfulness of late. Everyone knows it's important, especially those of us who work in the Safety realm. But what exactly is mindfulness and how to get there?  Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) modeled the science behind mindfulness and published their results in the October 25, 2012 issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.  […]

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    Change your posture, change your life

    Mike and I have written a lot about body language and perception. Check out our book  Axis of Influence for lots of rich intel on this subject. While you're at it, check out Harvard Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy. Amy's research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply […]

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      The value of money – It’s not what you think

      For many years, Pam and I have been fascinated with personal values as behavioral motivators.  Since many of our clients are in the financial industry, we've done a lot of research into money as a motivational value.  Contrary to what many financial advisors think, money is not a top motivator.  The following comes from a survey carried out by Institute […]

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        How conscious are your values and motivations?

        Ever hear anyone tell you their values?  "Oh, my values are honesty and family."  Really?  One of our favorite experts is Roger Dooley.  He says, "Our behavior as humans is influenced by many, many factors, most of which aren’t conscious or rational." According to Neuro-linguists, it IS possible to entice someone to name or describe his/her values.  But it can't […]

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          How to Spot a Lie

          The key to spotting a lie is to get a "baseline" of the person's normal behavior and conversation style.  Then, you can more easily see deviations from that baseline.  Beyond that simple guideline, there are numerous specifics to watch for.  Then, when you see one of these "tells," you'll know there is at least some discomfort in the other person.  Your […]

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            Why is everyone always wrong?

            Universals are most likely impossible to achieve; therefore, when you claim them, you’re staking your reputation and integrity on something that has a very high probability of being false.

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              I Tweet, therefore I am – a look at social media and personal identity

              I’ve often wondered about the differences in psychological makeup between those active in social media versus those who occasionally participate.  I’ve long made fun of friends and colleagues who feel the need to share their every thought or chronicle their movement through the day. Why in gods name would D think we need to know he’s just pulled up to […]

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                Ethicability: The Moral Character Profile

                Check out  Roger Steare’s Moral Character Profile at: http://www.ethicabilitytest.org It measures 10 moral values as well as 3 moral philosophies and is backed by The Times (UK Times) and PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers). You get a 4 page PDF report and The Times will promote it world-wide in the next couple of weeks. Love Roger’s title: Corporate Philosopher in Residence and Professor of Organisational […]

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                  Lie to Me – reading the signs

                  The “Lie to Me” TV show is wonderful – if only because it has nudged people into (finally) paying attention to the behavior of the people they talk to. It’s the first introduction many people get to the idea that it’s possible to look at someone and read into his or her mind. Here’s an example:  The guy in front […]

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                    How to make a deeper connection

                    The University of Missouri released a study called the "2006 Survey of the Elements of Communication That Affect Trust and Commitment in the Financial Planning Process." It suggests that planners and advisors who best understand the core values and interests of clients are more likely to lead them toward truly rewarding investments. Nearly 83 percent of clients and 84 percent […]

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