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Survival Instinct

Decision-making and Performance Under Pressure

Marc Schoen, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Marc Schoen, Ph.D.

Accept that pressure related discomfort is normal. The goal is not to banish it. If we seek to exterminate it, we only make our fear of pressure greater. Practice being more accepting of pressure related discomfort.

4 Steps To Managing The Fear Response

Marc Schoen, Ph.D. | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Marc Schoen, Ph.D.

Can we do something to reverse the fear epidemic? Yes, we have two choices: either to remain at the mercy of our fears or to take control of our fears. Choosing to manage our fears is far easier than you might think.

Santa, Self-Deception, And The Survival Instinct

Laura Cococcia | Posted 04.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo"Self-deception" might seem like a fairly heavy-handed term to use in describing the average 5-year-old's belief in Santa Claus. So let's extend the metaphor, as Michael Shermer does, back to our ancestors.

Fear, Gloom, and Panic, Oh My!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.26.2012 | Science
Dr. Jim Taylor

If the fight-or-flight survival instinct, which is so deeply woven into our DNA, no longer fulfills our most basic needs to survive, what new form of survival instinct do we need to evolve to help us to survive in the concrete, metal, and hard-wired world in which we now live?

Cheaters Gone Wild!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

The reality is that, when push comes to shove, humans will likely choose self-interest and survival over doing what is morally right and helping others.