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Srinivasan Pillay
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Srini Pillay, M.D., is a the founder and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group (NBG), voted Top 20 Mover and Shaker in Leadership Development in The World in 2013 by Training Industry. NBG is an cutting-edge and innovative company dedicated to enhancing human possibility and potential, as well as teaching people how to lead happier and more productive lives based on the most recent research from psychology and brain science.

Dr. Pillay has taught his proprietary methods with very high acclaim to his following of individuals seeking to improve their lives from all over the world, schools and teachers as well as executives from many companies, including but not limited to some of the world's best consulting companies, The World Bank, The MITRE Corporation, Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical companies, Arab Banks of North America, CEO Clubs of Greece and Boston Fortune 500 Food and Beverage Companies, and Microchip. He has worked with coaches in a teaching or collaborative capacity from The Forum Corporation, Mobius Executive Leadership, and Triad Consulting. In addition, he has been invited to present his work in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, London, Switzerland, Greece, and Singapore, and his most recent presentations have been to executives from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He also works with individuals, Dr. Pillay also writes for Psychology Today and Harvard Business Review.

He is extensively sought out as a speaker and by the media. Select media appearances related to his business experience include Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart Whole Living, The Financial Times in Greece, New York Times, Epoca Magazine in Brazil, Forbes Magazine, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Investors Business Daily, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Fox and CNN. Aside from his work on applying brain science to improving business performance, Dr. Pillay is also regarded as an international expert in burnout, stress, and anxiety, having been the Director of the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at Mclean Hospital, consistently ranked the top freestanding psychiatric hospital in the United States for the past 20 years. Dr. Pillay lives in Newton, MA, and works out of Cambridge, MA.

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The Unexpected Consequences of Success

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Everybody loves a winner, right? No, unfortunately, not always. In my coaching practice, many executives and entrepreneurs vent their frustrations with the unexpected negative consequences of their success -- such as their anxiety over being able to maintain their winning streak, the fear that they will be set up to...

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Wired for Sex With Psychopaths?

(33) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Psychopaths are wired differently, with less gray matter in regions critical for empathy, moral reasoning and guilt. So when it comes to feeling what...

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9/11: Remembering a Tragedy Through Art

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 6:04 PM

The 9/11 attacks did not just affect America; they affected the world.

Roberto Alborghetti was walking along Vico Street in Milan last spring when his eyes suddenly fell upon an image: red and black and described by him as either "hands, arms, fire tongues or hydrants," he began to see...

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Simple Strategies to Overcome Negativity

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2011 | 11:29 AM

Our genes and life experience often determine how we see things. Some people see the world through rose-colored glasses, whereas for others, the grim reality of the world creates an underlying state of anger, guilt, contempt, disgust and fear.

Sometimes people refer to the latter...

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The Power of Not Knowing

(4) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 7:16 AM

The whole idea of knowing is something that we rely on for moving our world forward. Knowing how to run a company, how to be a great mother and how to live the best life are all considered very important things. And while this may be true, very few people...

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Why Do You Give Too Much?

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 3:03 PM

Why do you always put others first? What is so wrong with the idea of having your needs met? Are you too insecure to get what you want or is it just that you love nurturing other people? Are you one of those people who can't stop giving? Do you...

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Do Men and Women Have Different Romantic Attachment Styles?

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2011 | 10:14 AM

The age-old love-hate relationship between men and women still continues: can't live with them, can't live without them. What is the cause of this ambivalence? Do men and women attach differently in romance, and if so, why?

A recent study looked at two well-researched patterns of human attachment....

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Capitalism Revisited: Why Society Matters

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 2:01 PM

What does it mean to be a successful capitalist? Until recently, capitalism simply referred to "for-profit" businesses that were privately owned. Conscious capitalism, a recent extension of this idea, is a movement that recognizes that this profit can create value for stakeholders and customers alike, and in the process, also...

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What Do You Do if You Are Jobless? Insights About the Business Brain

(81) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 4:48 PM

While the number of planned layoffs did fall in March in the US, the rate of joblessness is still alarming. When jobs are scarce and hopelessness is rife, what can you do in a down economy where you cannot see any obvious options for return to work? How does brain...

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Peter Buffett: Emotional and Musical Philanthropy

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 2:41 PM

Peter Buffett is Warren Buffett's son. When I interviewed him last year, he said many memorable things, but the statement that most stood out had to do with how much he appreciated the undefined belief that both of his parents had had in him. They seemed to know that he...

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Acne and Stress Connected Through the Brain

(18) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 7:17 AM

These days, when we think of the brain, it is not hard to understand how it may be connected extensively with other body regions, as it directs so much of our bodies. And while a connection between the brain and heart is easy to imagine, with the heart pumping blood...

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Stroke Recovery: Can Emotional Support Trigger Mental Stimulation?

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 10:44 AM

Emotional support sounds like a good idea. I mean who does not think this is a good idea? Yet, when we think of this idea, we rarely think of it as having serious implications for physical health. Just the word "support" often suggests that it is not an active intervention...

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Heart Health: The Factors That Put Women at Risk for Heart Disease

(13) Comments | Posted November 21, 2010 | 10:31 AM

Earlier this week, Barbra Streisand wrote an important reminder of the specific vulnerabilities that bear on the hearts of women and why we need to study this more closely. And as if in answer to this, an important review is about to reach print [1]. This review looked...

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Chronic Fatigue Symptoms Could Indicate 'Functional Weakness'

(13) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 6:56 AM

There is a syndrome that perplexes both patients and doctors alike -- one where weakness is the primary complaint but there is absolutely no identifiable reason why this should exist at all. The key word here is "identifiable" -- for there is most likely some kind of reason, but it...

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Heart Health: Being Mindful of a Happy Heart

(7) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 2:08 PM

A recent study from Columbia University examined whether good heart health over a 10 year period relies on feeling good (Davidson, 2010). While it has been known for awhile now that depressed mood is associated with worse heart health (Nabi, 2010), the actual effects of positive mood on long term...

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Want to Be More Giving? Try Warming Your Hands

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 8:28 AM

A recent article published in the journal Psychological Science showed that 1,000 mg of Tylenol reduces hurt feelings and social pain. Furthermore, this study also showed that 2,000 mg of Tylenol reduces the brain's response to social pain. (Tylenol was compared with a placebo in these studies.1) While this is...

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Viagra vs Spirituality: Mojo Rising

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 9:30 AM

Men rely on the ability to have an erection. And when that does not work, it compromises their sense of masculinity. But there are several aspects of spiritual lore that contradict our expectations here and might be worth considering. Personally, I think that all vital functions are great to preserve,...

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Fear, Sex and the Quest for More

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 10:30 AM

Sex satisfies. But this satisfaction is very short lived, and even when achieved, often leads to guilt, confusion or a craving for more. Sex is an anxiety reliever, but it is also the cause of much anxiety because the satisfaction it gives does not last. When we crave sex, we...

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The Science of Getting What You Want

(19) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 7:00 AM

We do not always get what we want when we ask for it, but perhaps we do not always ask for the things we want. "Asking" has conscious and unconscious components to it, so while you may be consciously asking for more money, good health or a relationship, unconsciously your...

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Brain-Based Strategies for Harnessing Your Power

(5) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 1:00 PM

In Rhonda Byrne's book The Power we learn how it is possible for anyone to access their deepest desires and manifest them. In my post on "Psychology Today," I have a brief description of what goes on in the brain when we are trying to do this. Based...

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