The Genius of Instinct: Reclaim Mother Nature's Tools for Enhancing Your Health, Happiness, Family, and Work

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9780132357029: The Genius of Instinct: Reclaim Mother Nature's Tools for Enhancing Your Health, Happiness, Family, and Work

Why do we sometimes get into the wrong relationships, take the wrong jobs, and make the wrong choices?  The answers and solutions to these everyday plights are revealed by today’s “scientists of the mind,” evolutionary psychologists who have discovered stunning new lessons about the power of instincts and their capacity to transform lives positively. But too many of us have lost contact with our instincts. We don’t hear them. We don’t use them. And that gets us in trouble–over and over again. Now, Dr. Hendrie Weisinger shows how to reconnect with the instincts Mother Nature gave you. You’ll rediscover the six most indispensable human instincts that have evolved over millions and millions of years. Then, you’ll learn why you have emotions, and how to listen to them...how to scout out an environment that'll nurture you... how to become more comfortable with your vulnerabilities... have more fun by stimulating your curiosity... build deeper bonds with those around you... make yourself more attractive to mates and employers alike! You're hardwired for success. Use the powerful instincts Mother Nature gave you and gain the joy, fulfillment, and pleasure you deserve!

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Why are we sometimes so unhappy and unfulfilled?

 

Why do we sometimes get into the wrong relationships, take the wrong jobs, and make the wrong choices?

 

The answers and solutions to these everyday plights are revealed by today’s “scientists of the mind,” evolutionary psychologists who have discovered stunning new lessons about the power of instincts and their capacity to transform lives positively.

 

But too many of us have lost contact with our instincts. We don’t hear them. We don’t use them. And that gets us in trouble–over and over again.

 

Now, Dr. Hendrie Weisinger shows how to reconnect with the instincts Mother Nature gave you. You’ll rediscover the six most indispensable human instincts that have evolved over millions and millions of years. Then, you’ll learn how to use them to thrive in every part of your life...enhancing your health and happiness, your marriage and parenting, even your work and personal creativity!

 

Introduction     1                                                                                                                      

 

Part I: Shelter Seek…So You Can Find Your Home     9

Chapter 1: Selecting an Empowering Environment     11                                   

Chapter 2: The Face of Emotions     17                                                            

Chapter 3: Home Hunting     27                                                                                   

Chapter 4: Shelter Seeking Today     37                                                           

 

Part II: Care Solicit…So You Can Protect Your Vulnerabilities     51

Chapter 5: Protecting Your Vulnerabilities     53                                               

Chapter 6: The Benefits of Vulnerability     65                                                   

Chapter 7: The Importance of Ghost Busters     71                                           

Chapter 8: Care Soliciting Today     77                                                            

 

Part III: Care Give…So You Can Develop the Future     89

Chapter 9: Developing the Future     91                                                            

Chapter 10: I Gave at the Office     95                                                             

Chapter 11: Care Giving Today     99                                                              

 

Part IV: Beautify…So You Can Pull People Toward You     115

Chapter 12: Pulling People Toward You     117                                                           

Chapter 13: Beautify Today     123                                                                  

Chapter 14: Broadly Attractive     133                                                             

 

Part V: Co-op…So You Can Get People Working Together     143

Chapter 15: Team Game     145                                                                                   

Chapter 16: Interaction: Play Ball!      153                                                                    

Chapter 17: Stimulating Cooperation     161                                                     

Chapter 18: Co-Op Today     173                                                                               

 

Part VI: Curious?...So You Can Stay Ahead of the Pack     185

Chapter 19: Accelerating Your Learning     187                                                

Chapter 20: Becoming a Curious George/Georgette     193                                          

Chapter 21: Curiosity Every Day     205                                                                                   

Chapter 22: Curiosity Satisfied     219                                                                          

Conclusion: Use Your Natural Genius     231                                                                           

Appendix: The Life Enhancement Instinct Inventory     233

 

References     237

Index     241                                

About the Author:

Dr. Hendrie Weisinger is trained in clinical, counseling, and organizational psychology. His work is known internationally. A New York Times bestselling author, he is a leading authority on the application of emotional intelligence, an expert in anger management, and the originator of the highly regarded techniques of criticism training. He has consulted to and conducts workshops for numerous Fortune 500 Companies, including IBM, AT&T, Intel, Motorola, Merrill Lynch, State Farm, The Hartford, Morgan Stanley, Wachovia Securities, Wells Fargo, Medtronic, Chase Manhattan, Nabisco, General Dynamics, Bank of America, Hughes Aircraft, TRW, Control Data, Nintendo, Merck, Avon, Hyatt, Sheraton, and Estée Lauder, to name just a few.

 

Dr. Weisinger’s expertise has also been sought out by government agencies, including the U.S. Justice Department, IRS, EPA, Secret Service, National Security Agency, FBI, and others. In addition, Dr. Weisinger has repeatedly addressed numerous professional and educational organizations, such as the Young Presidents Organization.

 

Dr. Weisinger is the author of several successful books. His first, Nobody’s Perfect, reached The New York Times Bestseller List. Dr. Weisinger’s Anger Workout Book, published in 1985, is now in its 27th printing. Anger at Work, a 1995 release, was hailed by the Journal of the Library of Congress as a book that “managers at all levels will find useful. Highly recommended.” His book Emotional Intelligence at Work is considered to be the best book on the application of emotional intelligence, and The Emotionally Intelligent Financial Advisor is the first book on emotional intelligence customized to a specific industry. His book The Power of Positive Criticism has already been translated into ten languages.

 

Dr. Weisinger has made more than 500 appearances on major television news and information programs, including The Today Show (several times, including five consecutive days for its show on anger), Oprah, and Good Morning America, and on other television and radio programs on CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

 

His work has been featured in numerous newspapers and national magazines, including The New York Times Sunday Business Section, USA Today, and BusinessWeek. His article for The Wall Street Journal, “So You’re Afraid to Criticize Your Boss,” was selected by Dow Jones as one of the 60 best articles published, and his article for TV Guide, “Tutored by Television,” is an example of how parents can help their children develop their emotional intelligence.

 

Dr. Weisinger has taught, and currently teaches, in many leading executive education and executive MBA programs, including Wharton, UCLA, NYU, MIT, Cornell, and Wake Forest.

 

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