These tales of con-men, cave dwellers, and African hunters aren’t just gripping audio-dramas. They reveal secrets about your own behavior. In each episode, Andrew Webb helps you learn and implement MicroBehaviors: small actions from the best research that you can do today. So you flourish at home, work, and in relationships. (For primary sources and extended research visit www.mymicrobehaviors.com)
(Bonus) How to Redirect Your Fear: The Bridge Jump
When David Kirk looked over the suspension bridge he was faced with the dizzying reality...somebody had to jump first. Bungee jumping was in its infancy, and Kirk borrowed the idea from the Vanuatu Vine Jumpers. But both of them used the same trick to overcome fear. And it's a perfect MicroBehavior in our first bonus episode.
Peer Pressure in Hollywood
He ignored scripts and even slapped actors to get them ready for the scene. Hollywood would never be the same because one maverick wasn’t willing to conform to the traditional rules. It's never easy to dismiss the opinions of peers. We like to adopt something called ½ Inch Thinking. But don't worry, this episode will give you one MicroBehavior to avoid the comforts of the crowd.
(Solomon Asch, Normative Behavior, Conformity Research)
The President Knew it All Along
He was a ruthless dictator and everyone was sure the President would meet with him. Or were they? As it turns out, hindsight really isn’t 20/20. And this blindness can wreak havoc on our decisions in the future.
(Hindsight Bias, Decision Making)
A slave? No, a King.
Nobody expected much from her, but Suzie King Taylor had grit. A lot of it. Every obstacle they threw her way actually helped her learn more. Whether washing out bloody laundry, staving off Smallpox, or fighting with the soldiers on the front line. She shows us that there are hidden gems for those who embrace the difficulty of learning.
(System 2, Cognitive Disfluency, Dual Process Theory, Writing)
The Paradox of Wisdom: Gambling with the Mind
Sam hates gambling. So why does he end up a victim of loan sharks and con-men? The answer is only obvious after we evaluate the mind’s fascinating journey from birth to death. Our brains rewire with every decision we make, for better or worse. And wisdom isn’t always about being right.
(Schema, Cognitive Attractors, neuroplasticity, Mental Models)
Franklin's Shocking Language: Intentional Metaphors
Ben Franklin's body went numb after one of his electric experiments. But he had to feel the power to come up with one of his most important inventions yet—a new vocabulary for the rest of the world. Franklin was a wordsmith after all. And we are too. We just don’t realize that the words we use also impact our future behavior.
(Neural Theory of Language, George Lakoff, Intentional Metaphors)
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