Why uncertainty kills us

Why uncertainty kills us

Our brain doesn’t like uncertainty. We’d rather receive a bad piece of news as soon as possible than put up with not knowing whether it will turn out to be good or not. I imagine that we’ve all experienced this feeling. Medical science and psychology have set about researching this area, and have confirmed that we are indeed built this way.
The first piece of research that we’re going to look was carried out at the …

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What kind of person chooses someone good-looking as their partner?

What kind of person chooses someone good-looking as their partner?

When we are looking for a partner, what do we think is more important: their outer or inner beauty? All of us, given the choice, would rather our prospective partner were attractive. However, there are some people whose character predisposes them to prefer someone who is stunningly good-looking, even though their beauty masks an inner emptiness. This has been proven by scientific research, which has uncovered an interesting aspect of how we behave: our level …

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How to avoid meetings being a waste of time

How to avoid meetings being a waste of time

How to avoid meetings being a waste of timeWhat percentage of the meetings that you go to is a waste of time? When I ask this question in workshops, the answer is usually that 50% of meetings are completely unnecessary. (This is the normal answer- obviously, not all companies are the same.) However, when I ask people who work in multinationals or big corporations, the figure can be as high as 80%. That’s a pretty …

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Selective memory, or why anti-smoking campaigns don’t work

Selective memory, or why anti-smoking campaigns don’t work

How many smokers do you know who’ve given up because of the images of damaged lungs, impotence, etc. on cigarette packets? Personally, I don’t know any. Moreover, I doubt that these ‘motivational’ campaigns achieve the desired result. If we want to know why, we should take a look at what science can tell us. In an experiment in the 1980s, Roberts showed smokers, ex-smokers and non-smokers advertising campaigns in favour of and against smoking. With …

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Common myths about love and happiness

Common myths about love and happiness

If we compiled a list of all the things that we need to be happy, it’s possible that we would include being in a relationship, getting married or not splitting up if we’re already with someone. Psychologists have set about examining this question and have analyzed if our list of seemingly marvellous things would actually bring us the happiness that we’re looking for. Their findings are conclusive: it seems that many of the elements in …

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