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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