Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Genius of Instinct: Reclaim Mother Nature's Tools for Enhancing Your Health, Happiness, Family, and Work Hardcover – March 28, 2009
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
From Publishers Weekly
Author and psychologist Weisinger (Nobody's Perfect), an executive educator specializing in organizational psychology, posits the idea that human beings are "hard-wired for success" (not simply for survival) by mechanisms in our brain developed over ten million years of natural selection-instinctual mechanisms like emotion and empathy which we devalue against higher functions like reason and analysis. In this lively self-help, Weisinger offers fairly standard advice (maximize attractiveness, keep learning, practice reciprocity), but his approach is frequently counterintuitive, often with illuminating results. Locating the hardwired center for emotions in the face (rather than, say, the brain stem), he suggests that the way to get yourself out of a bad relationship is to use "your angry face," which communicates feelings not just to your partner but to the rest of your body, "giving you the energy to rid yourself of something that is toxic to you"-literally, the strength to walk out the door. Elsewhere, Weisinger explains why contentment often prevents growth, and why "tending," giving care to others, is a "life enhancer for the entire family" and/or the office staff.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
From the Back Cover
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
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
As far as the content, Weisinger's thesis is that Mother Nature (whom he refers to sometimes as if it were an actual person) has endowed us with instincts that have helped us survive for all this millenia. Because these instincts have brought us succesfully to where we are today, we should become familiar with them and use them to our advantage. This logic holds up well; however, Weisinger's presentation of evidence to support this is often very speculative, running something like this: since this instinct seems to work today, it must have worked in the past to get our ancestors out of some pickle or to help in the process of natural selection of certain traits (and those who exhibit them) over others. He then conjures up (not "conjectures up", as Weisinger often writes) some very detailed scenario of what must have happened and how. Dr. Weisinger must have had access to some primitive Youtube application when researsching his book. It might have helped if Weisinger included references to actual studies and perhaps footnotes, since so many of his claims rely on other people's work.
On the positive side, perhaps the last fourth of the book or so, Weisinger's tale is a little stronger, with an excellent description of and prescription for how to apply novely to increase motivation and curiosity.