Yes, abusive jerks can harm your health. Here's how.
Too much stress can have a permanent negative impact on your health. Recent research out of Germany shows that dealing with negative, abusive, and toxic people elicits huge amounts of stress in the brain
As Travis Bradberry writes over at Quartz, "studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain." Constant states of anguish and anxiety can irreversibly damage neuronal dendrites and destroy neurons, thus weakening the way your brain communicates with itself. To say that stress can be a major detriment to your personal health and success is a massive understatement.
Bradberry then points out that recent research out of Germany has proven that dealing with negative, abusive, and toxic people will elicit huge amounts of stress in the brain. These are folks whose mere presence can send you into a flurry. They know how to push your buttons, intimidate you for no reason, and create obstacles between you and your goals. When Bradberry's company investigated skills and qualities attributable to the world's most successful people, it's unsurprising that their results revealed the value of being able to deal with jerks.
TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we've found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. One of their greatest gifts is the ability to neutralize toxic people.
According to Bradberry, the key to dealing with these negative influences is to adopt "an approach that enables you, across the board, to control what you can and eliminate what you can't." His article (linked again below) offers useful suggestions for overcoming toxic people. It's definitely worth a read, as is any other strategy guide for warding off the negative forces that stress you out.
Learning to overcome the jerks in your life will allow you the ability to achieve personal success (and maintain your health) while minimizing the amount of stress your poor brain has to deal with.
Read more at Quartz.
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The 21st century is experiencing an Asianization of politics, business, and culture.
- Our theories about the world, even about history or the geopolitics of the present, tend to be shaped by Anglo perspectives of the Western industrial democracies, particularly those in the United States and the United Kingdom.
- The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world's population.
- European ideas, such as parliamentary democracy and civil service, spread across the world in the 19th century. In the 20th century, American values such as entrepreneurialism went global. In the 21st century, however, what we're seeing now is an Asianization — an Asian confidence that they can determine their own political systems, their own models, and adapt to their own circumstances.
Research has shown that men today have less testosterone than they used to. What's happening?
- Several studies have confirmed that testosterone counts in men are lower than what they used to be just a few decades ago.
- While most men still have perfectly healthy testosterone levels, its reduction puts men at risk for many negative health outcomes.
- The cause of this drop in testosterone isn't entirely clear, but evidence suggests that it is a multifaceted result of modern, industrialized life.
Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
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