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Former CIA Clandestine Operative
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Retired Canadian Astronaut & Author
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Inside the brains of psychopaths

Three scientists examine three dimensions of psychopathy: neurological, social, and criminal.

  • How are the brains of psychopaths wired differently? In this video, psychologist Kevin Dutton, neuroscientist (and psychopath himself) James Fallon, and professor of psychiatry Michael Stone take the wiring apart.
  • In neurotypical people, the amygdala and the orbitofrontal cortex inhibit one another to allow for reasonable, moral decision-making. Psychopaths don't have that mechanism.
  • Up to 80% of who a psychopath will turn out to be is down to environment. Intelligence, natural aggressiveness, and your family and friends determine whether a psychopath will grow up to make a killing or just "make a killing in the market," as a famous headline once said.
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Dread can be a powerful motivational tool

Sometimes not looking forward to something helps you get it done.

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  • A study from the University of British Columbia weighs the effects of positive and negative anticipation.
  • Immediate gratification is a powerful motivator; we also want to get negative experiences over with sooner than later.
  • The feeling of dread can be a powerful motivational tool to stop procrastination.
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‘Freakonomics’ study offers simple strategy for making tough decisions

When facing a hard decision, consider choosing change over inaction.

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  • A recently published study asked people to make tough life choices by flipping a coin.
  • The participants were making these decisions on the margin, meaning they couldn't determine which choice would be better.
  • The results show that people who chose change over inaction self-reported being better off and happier after six months.
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How to maximize performance and minimize stress during the COVID-19 pandemic

Flow Research Collective COO Rian Doris explains how to harness the power of your nervous system to find your flow during a pandemic.

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  • Knowing the difference between healthy stress (eustress) and unhealthy stress (distress) can help you maximize your performance during difficult times.
  • The Flow Research Collective helps to decode the flow states of your mind so you can live (and work) in the zone, even during a pandemic.
  • COO of The Flow Research Collective, Rian Doris, explains how to find your maximum potential and harness the power of your nervous system to work for you instead of against you.
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The positive impact of gratitude on mental and physical health

Dr. Robert Emmons and other researchers dig into the positive mental and physical health benefits of expressing gratitude.

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  • According to Dr. Robert Emmons, gratitude is an affirmation of goodness and a recognition that these sources of goodness exist outside of ourselves.
  • Various studies have proven there are physical benefits to expressing gratitude on a daily basis, some of which include positive interactions in the brain in the areas that control decision-making, metabolism, and hormone regulating.
  • Other studies have confirmed gratitude is beneficial for our mental health, even during a time of crisis.
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