The Joy of Addiction
Activities that give us pleasure activate the same areas of the brain such that, for some, taking cocaine is analogous to giving to charity. Pleasure is a powerful motivator for action.
What's the Latest Development?
Rats who receive a pleasurable sensation when they press a lever quickly become addicted to that lever, neurologists at Johns Hopkins University have found. So strong was the rats' desire for gratification that male rats ignored female rats in heat and mother rats abandoned their children. The good feeling was delivered by an electrode implanted into the rats' brains, which scientists had to disconnect before they starved themselves—even eating became less important than getting their fix.
What's the Big Idea?
So strong is our drive for pleasure that activities which give us that good feeling are ones we could become addicted to, which are not limited to ingesting drugs or drinking alcohol. Altruism, too, creates positive emotion and activates pleasure-sensitive areas of the brain, the same ones which cocaine addicts enjoy. It turns out that our conception of vice and virtue, while not incorrect, are not as simple as we believe. Our brains compel us toward good behavior and bad behavior often for the same reason.
The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.
When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.
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